By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal
There are a couple things you need to know about the Louisville High School defense.
First, the Wildcats have allowed just 54 points in 11 games for a miniscule average of 4.9 points per game and have posted five shutouts this season. Secondly, that average will likely go down this week when LHS plays host to a 2-8 Ruleville Central team in the first round of the MHSAA Class 3A State Football Playoffs at 7 on Friday night.
“I don’t know anything about them really,” said a very frank LHS head coach M.C. Miller on Tuesday morning when discussing the Tigers. “But, they are not really very good.”
But despite the record and the apparent difference in talent level, Miller still knows that his team had better be ready to play when the ball kicks off at R.E. Hinze Stadium.
“We just let the players know that this is the playoffs and everybody has a chance to beat you in the playoffs,” he said. “You just can’t slip up and have a bad game. We need to go out there and take care of business early and get control of the game. We have to let them know that we are better than they are. We don’t want to let them hang around.”
Ruleville Central didn’t qualify for the playoffs out of Region 3-3A until they took a 22-0 win over J.J. McClain of Lexington just last week.
While Ruleville was beating McClain, the Wildcats of LHS were taking care of business against Nettleton, scoring 21 points in the first quarter on the way to a convincing 46-0 win to close out Region 4-3A play.
“They weren’t quite as strong as we thought they were, but we played well against Nettleton,” Miller said. “They played us hard. We just had the right things happen for us early in the game.”
Louisville’s first-quarter touchdowns came on a pair of 2-yard runs by senior quarterback Wyatt Roberts and a 45-yard run by Desmond Goss. Corey McCullough was good on all three of the extra points in the quarter and hit on five for the game.
LHS made it 35-0 at the half thanks to touchdowns passes of 60 yards from Roberts to Goss and 43 yards from Roberts to Dontae Jones.
Rodrick Roberts hauled in a 30-yard scoring pass from Wyatt Roberts in the third quarter and T.J. Hudson ran in the two-point conversion. The last LHS points came on a field goal by McCullough.
Roberts had a big night passing the ball, hitting on 15-of-22 passes for 273 yards and three scores, while Demarcus Brooks rushed for 89 yards on nine carries and Goss had 45 yards on one attempt.
Goss also had four catches for 112 yards, while Jones had four catches for 78 yards and Hudson had three catches for 37 yards. Rodrick Roberts had two catches for 44 yards and Dalton Hudspeth two for 16. Jeremy Sangster led the defense with five tackles.