Meridian Star

September 28, 2013

Roundup: Tornadoes hand Wildcats first loss

From staff reports
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     Under first-year head coach Chris Jones, the Kemper County Wildcats jumped out to a 5-0 start on the 2013 season. Then came Philadelphia.

    The Tornadoes handed the Wildcats a 58-8 loss Friday night in prep football action. Both teams now stand at 5-1 overall.

    Philly started the scoring early in first quarter on a 23-yard touchdown pass from Romon Gray to Kaylon Gray. John Smith split the uprights with the PAT to put the Wildcats out front 7-0.

    Philly kept the scoring going in the first quarter with a 17-yard touchdown pass from Gray to T.J. Hudson. The PAT failed.

    Kemper County closed out the first quarter with a 35-yard interception by Jonathan Jones. A Kelvin Bourrage to Willie McCray two-point conversion put two more points on the board for Kemper. That would be the last time the Wildcats saw the end zone.

    Philly scored four time in the second quarter including a fumble recovery in the end zone by Fent Mars.

    The Tornadoes kept on rolling through the third and fourth quarters including a 63-yard interception return for a touchdown by Kenshaun Henderson and a 41-yard field goal by Smith.

    Philadelphia heads to Forest next week while Kemper County hosts South Pontotoc.



Kemper Academy    42

Veritas    14



    Kemper Academy picked up a solid 42-14 win versus Veritas Frinday in prep football action.

    Kemper's Tyler Jowers put the first points on the board for the Rams with a six-yard touchdown run. Jason Craig carried it in on the following two-point conversion.

    Quarterback Dustin Davis took it form there scoring on a 21-yard rush, a 20-yard pass to Dylan McFarland, and a 12-yard pass to Cole Thomas.

    The Rams found the end zone two more times in the third quarter on a one-yard Jowers run and a six-yard Hunter Cumberland run.

    Veritas managed to score twice late in the game.

    The win evens up Kemper Academy's overall record at 3-3. The are open next week.



Porter's Chapel    34

Russell Christian    20



    Russell Christian dropped a 34-20 decision to Porter's Chapel, falling deeper into the hole on the season at 4-2, despite flip flopping leads on Friday night.

    The Eagles scored first on a 6-yard touchdown pass, for an early 6-0 in the first quarter.

    The Warriors added two in the second quarter to Porter's one, for a 14-12 halftime lead. They got on the board and took the lead, 7-0, when Jacob House found Arik Washington on a 95-yard touchdown pass.   

    The lead changed hands twice in the third quarter. The Eagles took the lead, 19-14. The Warriors' House and Jesse Barksdale connected on a 33-yard pass to take a 20-19 lead.

    The game got away from Russell Christian in the fourth quarter as Porter's added two late touchdowns.



St. Andrews     35

Clarkdale    0



    Clarkdale is still searching for a win after a Week 6 loss in Jackson to St. Andrews Academy, 35-0, on Friday night.

    The shutout was the Bulldogs second in-a-row as they fall to 0-6 on the season.

    Justin Goodwin led Clarkdale's rushing for 116 yards on 22 carries. Austin Thomas finished the night with 63 yards and 14 carries. He also led the Bulldogs leading tackler.