By Steve Swogetinsky

Kemper Messenger

 Kemper County’s record in football stands at 1-6 as they enter Friday night’s homecoming game with Clarkdale.

But what counts is that their record in the Region 5-3A standings is 1-0 following their victory over Morton.

The Wildcats were open last Friday night and return to action this Friday against Clarkdale. They will be celebrating homecoming and a big crowd of families and alumni are expected. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

“We played a tough non-region schedule,” Coach John McKenzie said. “We lost some close decisions but these games will make us better now that we are playing region games.

“We have worked hard over the open week. We have won and we don’t want to go backwards now. We are on top of the division and we want to stay there.”

Clarkdale comes into the game with a 3-5 record. They have victories over St. Patrick 32-0, Mt. Olive 20-14 and Enterprise Lincoln 50-6.

“We cannot take this game for granted,” McKenzie said. “They have some speed and good skilled players. They like to do a lot of tricky stuff. We need to get this game under control early. We don’t want to have them hanging around in the fourth quarter.”

Following this week, the Wildcats will visit Southeast Lauderdale and then close out the regular season at home against Forest.

“We have a chance to win out and go into the playoffs as the No. 1 team in the region,” McKenzie said. “But we have to take them one game at a time. The first games got us ready. We have gone through some adversity and our kids have not quit.

“We are going to ride this thing out and see how it goes.”