By Daniel Brunty The Winston County Journal
Similar to last season’s start, the Louisville Wildcats were on a two- game winning streak after losing their season opener going into Friday’s contest against Kemper County. They would continue their streak as they went on a scoring spree to defeat the visiting Wildcats 49-8.
After receiving the initial kickoff to start the game, the Wildcats of Louisville begin with a rocky start as quarterback Wyatt Roberts fumbled on their first offensive series. Kemper County would recover the ball to start their first series of the night.
The Kemper Wildcats would not have any success moving the ball, however, and would be forced to punt the ball back to Louisville.
On their next offensive series, Louisville would score the first points of the game off a huge 30-yard run by running back Cass Love. The PAT by Dalton Hudspeth made the score 7-0 with around nine minutes left in the first quarter.
Kemper Co. would once again try to move the ball down the field, but the Louisville defense would force another punt.
The Louisville offense would continue their frenzied scoring pace as Roberts would scramble out the backfield for a 13-yard touchdown run with around four minutes left in the quarter. The Hudspeth PAT would increase the lead to 14-0.
Louisville’s defense would continue to put pressure on Kemper Co.’s offense, as they would force them to punt for the third time in the first quarter alone.
With only 33 seconds left in the first quarter, Roberts would this time go to the air and find one of his favorite targets in Desmond Goss for a 23-yard touchdown pass. The PAT would give the Wildcats a comfortable 21-0 lead going into the second quarter.
The Louisville defense continued its dominance in the opening of the second quarter as they again forced Kemper Co. into a punting situation. Louisville would get possession back with around eleven minutes left in the quarter. They would waste no time getting back in the end zone as Lathomas Brown caught a 16-yard reception for the score. The PAT extended the Wildcats lead to 28-0.
The Kemper Co. Wildcats would experience another disaster on offense as they were forced into a fourth down situation and turned the ball over on downs with around five minutes left in the half.
Neither team would score for the rest of the half, leaving the score 28-0 going into the third quarter.
The third quarter would begin great for Louisville, as their defense would force a fumble on the Kemper co. offense, which was recovered by Channing Hughes. Louisville would take over possession early in the quarter.
The Louisville Wildcats would waste no time converting on the turnover as running back Demarcus Brooks broke through the Kemper Co., defense for a 46-yard touchdown run. The PAT would make the score 35-0.
After exchanging possessions by each team, the Louisville Wildcats were in a punting situation with around five minutes left in the third quarter. On the punt return, Kemper Co. would muff it and Hughes recovered it for his second fumble recovery of the night.
Louisville would have possession of the ball going into the fourth quarter. After driving the ball down the field behind the running of Brooks, he would finish the drive with a 3-yard touchdown run to extend their lead. The PAT by Hudspeth made the score 42-0.
The Wildcats last score of the game would come from T.J. Hudson, who had a 9-yard touchdown run with around five minutes left in the game. The PAT made the score 49-0.
With a couple of minutes left in the game, Kemper Co. would score a late touchdown and two-point conversion to make the final score 49-8.
The Louisville Wildcats (3-1) will travel to Columbus to face the Falcons in a non-division contest this Friday. Last season, the Wildcats defeated the Falcons 22-10 in a highly contested match-up. Kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m.