By Daniel Brunty The Winston County Journal
The Nanih Waiya Warriors went into last Friday’s game against the Kemper County Wildcats looking for their first win of the season.
Unfortunately, things did not go as planned, as the Warriors were defeated 32-12.
The Warriors would be down early in the when in the first quarter, Kemper County scored on a 23-yard running play for the game’s first score. The PAT attempt by the Wildcats failed, leaving the score 6-0 early in the quarter.
It would not take long for the Warriors to answer back, as quarterback Luke Rosamond found Colby Eaves on a 9-yard pass for a touchdown. The PAT by Nanih Waiya was no good, and the score was tied at 6 all.
Kemper County would score before the end of the quarter on a 26-yard run to give them back the lead. The PAT again failed, and the score was 12-6 going into the second quarter
The second quarter would see the Warriors go into a hole as the Wildcat offense continued to put up points on the board. Kemper County would use their ground game, and scored on a 6-yard run to increase their lead over the Warriors. The Wildcats would convert a two-point conversion, and the score was 20-6.
As the Warriors struggled to get their offense going in the quarter, the Wildcats would continue to get hotter. Kemper County would then score again in the second quarter on a huge 87-yard running play to further increase their lead. Their PAT would fail, leaving the score 26-6 going into halftime.
The third quarter began well for the Warriors, as Rosamond again found Eaves for a 14-yard touchdown pass to cut the Wildcats’ lead. The two-point conversion by the Warriors failed, and the score was 26-12.
As the Warriors fought to get themselves back in the game, the Wildcats would put it out of reach as their offense scored on a 87- yard pass play. Kemper County would fail on their two-point conversion, making the final score 32-12.
For the Warriors offense, Rosamond was 6 of 10 in pass completions for 47 yards and two touchdowns. Eaves had two receptions for 22 yards and two touchdowns. Jamarlo Smith had 14 carries for 69 yards, and Deandre Holmes had 18 carries for 53 yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, Ty Higginbotham led the team with 7 tackles and two sacks. Marcellous Grady and Cheston Jones followed with 6 tackles each, while Eaves had 2 sacks and one tackle for a loss.
The Warriors will have plenty of time to prepare for their next game as they will have a bye this week, Nanih Waiya will return to action on Sept. 7 when they host Pelahatchie for their division game of the season. Kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m.