Kemper County’s Ricardo Windham had five catches for 127 yards and a touchdown. On defense, he made nine tackles.
Kemper County’s Ricardo Windham had five catches for 127 yards and a touchdown. On defense, he made nine tackles.
By Steve Swogetinsky

Kemper Messenger



The Raymond Rangers proved to be too much for Kemper County Friday night as they handed the Wildcats a 27-14 home loss in prep football action.

Raymond led 12-0 at the half and held a 21-0 edge with less than three minutes left when the Wildcats put their points on the scoreboard.

Kemper County was playing without quarterback De’Onte Rush who was out with an injury from last week’s game. Aaron Steele started at quarterback for the first time and put up some positive numbers. He completed 12-of-18 passing attempts for 168 yards. He also rushed five times for 64 yards.

Steele completed a 77-yard TD pass to Ricardo Windham for the first touchdown. He came back and scored on a 35-yard TD run. Bernard Turner scored one of the two point conversion.

Trailing 21-14, the Wildcats looked ready to come back on the Rangers. But then Raymond scored on a 50-yard run and that sealed the deal.

Windham finished the game with five catches for 127 yards. Jamar Grace had two catches for 17 yards.

Ishmael Naylor led defensively with 18 tackles. Windham and Aaron McCoy both had nine tackles while Wes Granger had seven tackles, two blocked punts and a fumble recovery.

“They were too much for us at this point,” Coach John McKenzie said. “It was Steele’s first time to play quarterback. He had a good game but he was learning as he went. Right now, we just need to get some people well and keep improving. We have another tough game next week.”

The Wildcats dropped to 0-4. They will host Magee Friday night. The Trojans are led by former Philadelphia coach Teddy Dyess.