By Ruthie Robison The Winston County Journal
Although the Louisville Wildcats tried to prevent it, history was made last Friday night as the Aberdeen Bulldogs received their first win over the years of matchups with the Wildcats, 32-21.
The Bulldogs managed to score in the first quarter of the game grabbing a 6-0 lead over Louisville.
Again, in the second quarter Aberdeen struck again with another touchdown and added an extra two points gaining a 14-0 advantage over the Wildcats.
However, Louisville answered back later in the second quarter when the Wildcats turned to junior standout quarterback Wyatt Roberts. Roberts connected 25 yards through the air with junior wide receiver Lathomas Brown.
Daulton Hudspeth added the extra point putting Louisville behind the Bulldogs just 14-7.
With the Wildcat offense sparked and ready to take over the lead, Roberts delivered another strike. This time Hudspeth received the two-yard pass from Roberts. Louisville matched Aberdeen after the extra point was provided by Hudspeth.
Roberts dominated the ball during the first half of the game going 12-17 through the air for 181 yards and two touchdowns.
The second half started like a new game with both teams tied, 14-14. Coming from halftime, Aberdeen was on a mission to turn the game back in their favor. Taking advantage of a Wildcat fumble on Louisville’s first possession in the third quarter, Aberdeen set up a scoring opportunity and a chance to reclaim the lead. Bulldog quarterback Josh Williams connected 27 yards with wide receiver Sammie Burroughs for an Aberdeen touchdown. An unsuccessful extra point attempt did not hold the Bulldogs back taking a 20-14 lead over Louisville.
The Aberdeen offense was not finished scoring in the third quarter. With the help of another big defensive play, the Bulldogs entered the end zone again. Williams’ pass to Justin Lucas increased Aberdeen’s lead, 26-14.
The Wildcats would have an offensively silent third quarter.
Louisville, hoping to rally, made efforts in the fourth quarter to catch up with the Bulldogs.
On the first play of the fourth quarter, junior Jeremy Sangster grabbed an Aberdeen fumble and returned it 38 yards for a Wildcat touchdown. Hudspeth added the extra point slimming the Bulldog lead, 26-21.
But Aberdeen came back with a 70 yard, 10 play drive that ended with a 17-yard touchdown pass delivered by Williams to Lucas.
The Bulldog defense upheld their 32-21 lead over Louisville. The Wildcat offensive yards in the second half were reduced to a total of 58 yards combined.
Offensively, senior running back Cass Love led with 10 carries on 48 yards.
Roberts went 18-35 through the air on 258 yards with two touchdowns during the game.
Hudspeth had five receptions for 49 yards with one touchdown, while Brown had four receptions for 80 yards with one touchdown. Travian Hudson had four receptions for 60 yards while Avonte Harris followed with three receptions for 48 yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, Jeremy Sangster led with 15 stops and a fumble recovery for a touchdown while Raquel Graham had nine stops with a sack. Jalon Sangster followed with eight stops during the game. Shaquille Shumaker had seven stops while Christian Wraggs had six stops.
The Wildcats are ready to bounce back from their back-to-back losses this Friday as they begin a five game stretch of Class 4A, Region 4 District 4 play. Louisville will host the Houston Hilltoppers. The Hilltoppers are currently undefeated and recently topped Bruce, 21-6.
Led by head coach M.C. Miller, the Wildcats are ready to put a blemish on Houston’s perfect record in their first round of division action.
Kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m. at Louisville.