By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal
The Louisville High School Wildcats aren’t hiding from anybody these days.
Most educated prep football observors recognize LHS as the team to beat in MHSAA Class 3A this season and the Wildcats picked up even more statewide recognition on Monday when they climbed to the No. 5 spot in the Jackson Clarion-Ledger’s Super 10 rankings.
While the 2013 ‘Cats are looking to bring home Louisville’s eighth official MHSAA State Championship in football in December, they are also on a quest to become the first LHS football team to have an undefeated season since the legendary 1971 team that was headed up by the likes of Tim Ellis, Ray Hisaw and Earl “Boo Jack” Carter.
But to have a chance of doing that they must first take care of things on Friday night as Aberdeen rolls into R.E. Hinze Stadium not only intent on handing the Wildcats their first loss of the year, but taking over control of Region 4-3A.
The Bulldogs are 4-4 overall on the year, but are 2-0 in league play and own a 32-21 win over the Wildcats last season.
“They have got some skill people who can play,” said LHS head coach M.C. Miller of Aberdeen. “They are as quick as we are. They have a good team and are going to play hard.”
Miller said it would be important for his Wildcats to score early and take a quick lead.
“If we can do that, that will knock a little of the air out of them and put us in control of the game,” he said.
That’s exactly what the 8-0 Wildcats did on Friday night as they scored 37 first-quarter points on the way to a 63-0 win that saw LHS only score nine points in the second half.
Louisville’s first-quarter touchdowns came on a 36-yard pass from quarterback Wyatt Roberts to Desmond Goss, a 14-yard run by Demarcus Brooks, a 54-yard interception return by Lakendrick Vaughn, a 47-yard fumble return by T.J. Hathorn and a 3-yard pass from Roberts to Dontae Jones. Darius Miller also recorded a safety for the Wildcats.
The second quarter saw Corey McCullough — who was good on all eight of his extra point attempts — connect on a field goal, while Nicholas Shields returned a punt 47 yards for a touchdown and Hudson scored on an 11-yard run.
LHS’ second-half points came on an 81-yard interception return by Miller and a team safety by the Wildcat defense.
Roberts hit on 8-of-14 passes for 129 yards, while Hudson rushed for 52 yards on five carries, Keon Coleman had four carries for 32 yards and Brooks had 29 yards on two attempts.
Desmond Goss caught four passes for 88 yards for the ‘Cats, while Hudson had two catches for 32, Dalton Hudspeth one for six and Jones one for three.