Jomal Odom (4) of Kemper County sacks the Wilkinson County quarterback in the Wildcats loss Friday night.

Photo by 
Jason Dyess
Jomal Odom (4) of Kemper County sacks the Wilkinson County quarterback in the Wildcats loss Friday night. Photo by Jason Dyess
By Steve Swogetinsky
Kemper County Messenger



The Kemper County Wildcats open Region 5-3A play Friday night when they visit the Morton Panthers in prep football action.

The Wildcats will be looking for their first win of the 2017 season. Last week, they dropped a 15-8 decision to Wilkinson County.

Morton comes in at 3-3. They defeated Pelahatchie 48-46 last week. The Panthers also have wins over Lanier and Raymond. They have lost to Scott Central, Bay Springs and Collins. Kemper

County and Morton have not met in football since 2006. Morton won that game, 43-26.

“They have a good football team,” Coach Josh Pulphus said. “They have good skilled people and they play good defense. It will be another tough test for us.”

Pulphus made a change at quarterback last week, giving senior Quanderius Bohannon the keys to the Wildcat offense. In his first start at quarterback, he led the team in rushing with 62 yards and in passing with 63, giving him 125 total yards. Bohannon completed 8-of-18 passes but was intercepted three times.

Wilkinson County scored first, aided by 40 yards of Kemper County penalties. The Wildcats came back to take the lead when Bohannon completed a TD pass to Rod Williams. Williams scored the two point conversion for the Wildcats and Kemper County led 8-7 in the second quarter.

Wilkinson County came back to score later in the second period and that would turn out to be the winning points.

“We had several opportunities to come back and score in the second half,” Pulphus said. “But we stopped ourselves with penalties. The kids see it. They understand that our mistakes are beating us. We have to come back and keep trying to improve.

“We are 0-0 in the district and these are the games that count. We are working hard to get ready for Morton,” Pulphus said.

Running back Rondarius Gowdy rushed 10 times for 60 yards and caught five passes for 28 yards, giving him 88 total yards. Williams caught three passes for 23 yards.

Defensively, Senious Williams led the Wildcats with 13 tackles. Trajan Tanksley had 12 tackles and a fumble recovery. Tra’Kaleb Welch and Tamal Odom both had 11 tackles while Recadre Moore had nine tackles.

“We are still getting good play from our defense,” Pulphus said.