By Ruthie Robison The Winston County Journal
The Louisville Wildcats took a tough 41-28 loss against district rival the Noxubee County Tigers last Thursday night at R.E. Hinze Stadium.
Noxubee County scored 28 unanswered points in the first half of the game. The Tigers gained control of the ball early, which led to their success even when the Wildcat offense was sparked during the second half of the game.
Senior running back Darrell Robinson led the Tiger ground attack contributing 39 carries for 326 yards with six touchdowns during the game. The Wildcat defense had a hard time containing Robinson’s speed and preventing the Tigers from scoring.
By halftime, Robinson had already scored four times giving Noxubee County a 28-0 advantage over Louisville.
After the Wildcats and Tigers traded first possessions of the game, the Tigers began moving the ball down the field starting from their own 20-yard line. With 7:19 left in the first quarter, Robinson punched it in from the four-yard line. Robinson ran in the extra points and Noxubee County had an early 8-0 lead.
Minutes later, Robinson made a 40-yard dash to the end zone increasing the Tiger lead, 14-0.
In the second quarter, Robinson scored again with a 15-yard run and then added another Noxubee County touchdown with a run from the three. The Wildcats took the field after halftime ready to rally.
Louisville capitalized on their first possession of the third quarter with a six-play drive capped with a seven-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Wyatt Roberts to sophomore wide receiver Dontae Jones. Dalton Hudspeth added the extra point and the Wildcats were on the board with 10:01 left in the third quarter, 28-7.
After a time consuming and unproductive drive by the Tigers, the Wildcats took over with the intentions of entering the end zone again. Senior running back Cass Love made a big gain putting the Wildcats deep into Noxubee County territory. Two plays later, Love ran the ball in from the four. With just 10:50 left in the game, Louisville had chipped away at the Tiger lead, 28-13.
Just a few minutes later, the Wildcats were back in a position to score. Love made a 28 yard run setting up a Louisville touchdown from the one-yard line. Roberts carried the keeper for a Wildcat touchdown followed up with the extra point provided by Darius Haynes. Louisville was in close range of a comeback, 28-20.
However, Robinson shot down those hopes scoring two more times for Noxubee County late in the fourth quarter increasing the deficit, 41-20.
The Wildcats were able to add another touchdown on their last possession of the game. Roberts found Jones with a 38-yard pass. Roberts connected with Desmond Goss adding the extra two points, but with just 33 seconds left in the game the Wildcats would not have enough time to catch up with the Tigers.
The Noxubee County win ensured first place in Class 4A, Region 4, District 4 standing for the Tigers. Louisville dropped to second place. The Wildcats collected a combined total of 409 offensive yards during their matchup with Noxubee County.
Love led the rushing attack with 19 carries for 124 with one touchdown. Roberts had eight carries for 17 yards with one touchdown. Roberts was 24-41 through the air for 274 yards with two touchdowns.
Goss had 11 receptions for 97 yards while Jones six receptions for 63 yards with two touchdowns. Lawilliam Carter had three receptions for 34 yards, while junior wide receiver Lathomas Brown had one reception for 34 yards. Love had one reception for 23 yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, Jeremy Sangster led with 20 stops. Raquel Graham followed with 12 stops while Shaquille Shumaker had eight during the game.
Stefan Brown had one interception, while Graham had one sack and Drew Lee had one blocked punt.
Louisville now holds a 6-4 overall record and is 3-1 in district play.
This Friday night the Wildcats will host the Leake Central Gators from Carthage before prepping for playoff action.
The Gators have a 3-7 overall record and a 1-3 record in division games. Leake Central was recently defeated by the Houston Hilltoppers, 40-7.
The Wildcats will also celebrate Senior Night this Friday.
Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m.