By Daniel Brunty The Winston County Journal
After losing their season opener to New Hope two weeks ago, the Louisville Wildcats were looking to bounce back as they participated in the MS/TN Showcase held at Noxubee County this past Saturday, which featured premier matchups of Mississippi and Tennessee high school teams.
The Wildcats held their own at the event as they went on to defeat Ridgeway High School out of Tennessee in a close 42-41 decision.
The Wildcats would have a rough first quarter, as Ridgeway would put up 14 unanswered points on Louisville.
The second quarter would see Ridgeway score another 14 points. However, the Wildcats offense would come alive in the quarter as sophomore wide receiver Dontae Jones would catch a 5-yard pass from quarterback Wyatt Roberts for Louisville’s first touchdown. The PAT by Dalton Hudspeth was good.
Jones would not be done in the quarter, as Roberts would find him later in the quarter for a 9-yard pass for another Wildcat touchdown. The Hudspeth PAT was good. At the end of the second quarter, the Wildcats would be down 28-14 to the Tennessee high school.
The third quarter would see each team score a touchdown. For the Wildcats, junior wide receiver Desmond Goss would make his presence known, as Roberts would find him on a 5-yard pass for his first touchdown of the night. The PAT was good, and the score was 35-21 going into the final quarter.
Down by two touchdowns going into the fourth quarter, the Wildcats would put together one of the most memorable comebacks in recent history of the school.
Ridgeway would score another touchdown in the fourth quarter, but would not convert on the point after, which would be a deciding factor in the game.
In what will probably be remembered as the game they put their mark on, Goss and Roberts would make highlights in the quarter, as the tandem hooked up for a 78-yard touchdown pass to bring the Wildcats back in the game.
Goss would then to go on and catch two more touchdown passes, 19 yards and 20 yards respectively. The PAT on both touchdowns would be good, and the Wildcats would walk away with the 42-41 victory.
In what might have been his biggest game in his high school career, Goss may have the Wildcat faithful forgetting about the receivers of last season. Goss would end the night with 9 receptions for 164 and an amazing four receiving touchdowns.
Roberts might have had his most complete night of his career, completing 19 of 30 passes for 275 yards and an incredible six touchdowns. Also having a big game was running back Cass Love, who had 24 carries for 131 yards.
On the defensive side of the ball for the Wildcats, All-Region player Jeremy Sangster led the team with 18 total tackles, with 10 of those solo. Raquel Graham and Julius Love each had 7 total tackles.
The Wildcats are now 1-1 going into next week’s battle as they host Neshoba Central this Friday.
Last season, these two teams met with Louisville defeating Neshoba Central 53-35. Kickoff for this game will be at 7:30.