Louisville Wildcats finish strong season

By Ruthie Robison The Winston County Journal

The Louisville Wildcats completed their 2012 football season last Friday night at Macon in the fourth round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A playoffs.

The Wildcats hit the road last Friday night to square off with the Noxubee County Tigers for the North Half championship with the winner advancing to the pinnacle of Mississippi high school football this week at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson.

The Tigers took an early lead and held on to it extending their season one more week. Although their season was cut a week earlier than they would have liked after taking a 41-21 loss from the Tigers, Louisville finished the year with a 10-5 overall record, 4-1 Class 4A,

Region 4, District 4 record and was ranked No. 2 in their region.

The Wildcats were once again unable to contain Noxubee County senior running back Darrell Robinson. Robinson had 42 carries for 258 yards with five touchdowns and returned a kickoff right after a Wildcat touchdown before halftime 85 yards scoring all six Tiger touchdowns.

After Noxubee County scored first with a six-yard run and a 20-yard run early in the game, Louisville struck back.

With 1:30 left in the first quarter, junior quarterback Wyatt Roberts found junior wide receiver Desmond Goss with a 50-yard pass. Corey McCullough followed with the extra point. The Wildcats had cut the Tiger lead in half, 14-7.

Robinson quickly answered back for Noxubee County with a 45-yard dash to the end zone. The Tiger lead increased, 20-7.

With Louisville in possession of the ball late in the second quarter, Roberts connected with sophomore wide receiver Dontae Jones on a 40- yard pass. McCullough added the extra point.

On the ensuing play, Robinson returned the kickoff 85 yards for another Tiger touchdown. Noxubee County had a 26-14 advantage over the Wildcats as both teams entered the locker rooms at halftime.

Louisville scored their final touchdown of the 2012 season early in the second half of the game. Roberts hit Jones again with another 40- yard pass. McCullough split the uprights for the PAT.

The Wildcat defense was able to silence Robinson for the entire third quarter. However in the fourth quarter, Robinson reached the end zone twice capping the Tiger 41-21 win. Senior running back Cass Love had 12 carries for 46 yards.

Roberts was 11-33 through the air for 170 yards with three touchdowns.

Jones had two receptions for 80 yards with two touchdowns while Goss had two receptions for 53 yards with one touchdown. Love had four receptions for 16 yards.

On the defensive side of the ball, Jeremy Sangster led the Wildcats with 22 stops. Channing Hughes and Darius Miller followed with eight stops each. Christian Wraggs had six stops and one quarterback hurry while Anthony Gund had six stops, one quarterback hurry and one fumble recovery. Raquel Graham had five stops. Dylan Nicholson had two stops with one interception while Lakendrick Vaughn had one fumble recovery.

This season Roberts completed 205 passes for 3247 yards with 34 passing touchdowns. Roberts had 104 carries for 131 yards with seven rushing touchdowns.

Goss had 68 receptions for 1312 yards with 16 touchdowns this season, and had 28 carries for 98 yards with two touchdowns.

Jones had 45 receptions for 714 yards this year with 14 touchdowns.

Love had 212 carries for 1261 yards with 13 touchdowns this year.

Junior wide receiver Dalton Hudspeth had 33 receptions for 446 with two touchdowns this season. On special teams, Hudspeth had 43 punts for 1498 yards averaging 34.84 yards per punt. Hudspeth’s longest punt was 53 yards, and has punted inside the 20 yard line nine times this season.

Defensively, Sangster accumulated 228 stops, seven sacks, eight quarterback hurries and three fumble recoveries.

Wraggs had 63 stops, seven sacks and 24 quarterback hurries this season.

Graham had 94 stops this year, three sacks and five pass deflections.

Senior Stefan Brown had 44 stops, five interceptions and three pass deflections.

The Wildcats will only lose four starting players due to graduation, and are expected to be a top notch Class 4A contender in the 2013 season.