By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal
It may be week three of the high school football season, but as far as the Louisville High School Wildcats are concerned; the season starts Friday night when they make the short trek to Macon to take on archrival Noxubee County High School.
“It’s a big deal. It’s always been a big deal,” said LHS head football coach M.C. Miller, who led Noxubee County to a state championship while he was coaching there. “These are two good programs who both want to win championships and both play hard and want to be the best. It’s always a good, hard game with a lot of challenges.”
That won’t change any Friday when the game kicks off at 7 p.m. The Tigers of Noxubee County are ranked No. 2 in MHSAA Class 4A by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, while the Wildcats are not only ranked No. 1 in Class 3A, but this week moved into the newspaper’s Super 10 rankings at the No. 10 spot.
“We are glad to be in there,” Miller said of making the Super 10. “Now we have to hold up our end of it to stay in there.” That hasn’t been an easy task so far this season for the No. 10 teams, as Noxubee County opened the year in that spot but lost it’s opener to Starkville. The Yellowjackets then became No. 10, but lost the next week.
Miller knows Friday’s game will be tough and expects it will come down to who wins a handful of key plays.
“The one who gets the most breaks is going to win, so we have to go out there from the start with the mindset of making our own breaks,” he said. “We can’t afford to get off to a slow start. We will try to jump on them early. We need to get the momentum going and just build from there.”
The Wildcats will be going into the Noxubee game at 2-0 on the season after taking a tough 30-12 win over Wilkinson County on Friday.
LHS scored two quick touchdowns and looked as if it was going to blow the visitors from Woodville away in the first quarter, but Wilkinson County struck back with a long touchdown pass to tighten the scored at 14-6. Late in the first half LHS quarterback Wyatt Roberts found Desmond Goss deep down the left sideline and connected with him for a 60-yard scoring pass to seemingly regain control of the contest at 21-6.
However Wilkinson scored a touchdown in the third quarter to tighten things up a 21-12 going into the final 12 minutes.
“We got off to a good start, but then they began to come back on us,” Miller said. “I really think they (Wilkinson County) took us a little lightly and didn’t think we were as good as we are. After they got behind they started playing better and made a ballgame out of it.”
He also said his ‘Cats were able to wear Wilkinson County down as the game went on and eventually put the contest away in the fourth quarter.
Senior linebacker Channing Hughes tackled the Wilkinson quarterback for an 8-yard sack and a safety to put the winners up 23-12 before Demarcus Brooks closed the deal with a 38-yard touchdown run. Corey McCullough connected on all four extra points for LHS.
Roberts hit on 18-of-27 passes on the night for 258 yards and three touchdowns, including first quarter scoring tosses of 35 yards to Dontae Jones and 23 yards to Goss as the Wildcats built their early lead.
Brooks led Louisville in rushing with 89 yards on 10 carries, while Avonte Harris had 18 attempts for 59 yards and Roberts had 34 yards on eight carries. Jones had five catches for 53 yards, while Goss had four for 94 and Travian Hudson had four for 64 yards. Dalton Hudspeth caught two passes for 32 yards and J.J. Waldrip one for eight.