By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal
It’s good when a plan comes together.
Veteran Louisville head football coach M.C. Miller was hoping to give his starters a break and his reserves some extended playing time when they hosted Winona in the Region 4-3A opener last Friday night at R.E. Hinze Stadium. That’s exactly what happened as the Wildcats exploded for four first-quarter touchdowns on the way to a decisive 35-0 win.
“We got a chance to play everybody. We needed a game like that,” Miller said. “Our games have been so tough that we have had to play the starters for four quarters, so we were hoping to be able to rest some of the seniors and give the younger guys a chance to get some experience.”
The win pushed Louisville to 7-0 overall and 1-0 in Region play, as the Wildcats held on to their No. 1 ranking in Class 3A and are still ranked No. 7 in the Jackson Clarion-Ledger’s Super 10.
Next up for the ‘Cats is a road trip to South Pontotoc for another Region 4-3A game. The Cougars lost their league opener to Kemper County 65-26 last week. South Pontotoc jumped out to a 3-0 start, before beginning a four-game losing skid.
“We just have to stay focused and take care of business,” Miller said. “I was pleased with how the guys came out last week and got the big lead so we could make some changes. We need to do the same thing this week. We can’t fool around.”
Wyatt Roberts and Desmond Goss provided most of the early fireworks for the Wildcats against Winona, as the duo combed for three touchdowns in the first quarter.
LHS opened the scoring when Roberts and Goss connected for a 62-yard touchdown pass and then put together an eight-play, 95-yard drive that saw Roberts hit Goss with a 20-yard scoring strike to make it 14-0.
The third touchdown came on a 30-yard pass from Roberts to Travian Hudson, while the final score of the quarter was on a 3-yard pass from Roberts to Goss. Louisville’s lone second quarter score came on an 8-yard run by Drew Lee. Corey McCullough was good on all five extra point attempts.
Roberts finished the night 6-of-9 passing for 179 yards and four scores, while Lee rushed for 38 yards on eight carries and Demarcus Brooks had two attempts for 36 yards. Goss had three catches for 85 yards, Hudson two for 37 yards, Dalton Hudspeth one for 57 yards and Demester Harrington one for 11 yards.
Ty Hathorn led LHS defensively with 11 tackles and a fumble recovery, while Jeremy Sangster was in on eight tackles and Channing Hughes seven. Darius Miller had six stops and a fumble recovery, while Lawilliam Carter and Jalon Sangster had five tackles each. Darius Dora intercepted a pass for LHS, with Nicholas Shields recovering a fumble.
After the match-up with South Pontotoc, the Wildcats host Aberdeen on Oct. 18; visit Kemper County on Oct. 25 and host Nettleton on Nov. 1.