By STEVE SWOGETINSKY

Kemper County Messenger



Kemper Wildcats coach Joshua Pulphus said his team reached most of its goals set for Spring training, which ended Saturday in a 14-14 tie with Stringer in the Southern Miss jamboree.

Around 50 players were out for football this spring. For many, this was their first experience on the varsity level.

“We are going to be young next season,” Coach Pulphus said. “But we have some talent and size. These guys were exposed to a lot during the spring training. If they will continue to work and learn during our summer weight and conditioning program, we should be ready to play when August comes. That’s less than 80 days away.”

In addition to conditioning, the Wildcats will also attend the Mississippi State and the East Mississippi Community College camps.

Pulphus said he was generally pleased with his team’s play against Stringer.

“The main thing is that we wanted to get out injury free and for the most part, we did that,” Pulphus said. “I was proud of our defense. There were a couple of blown assignments that resulted in big plays for Stringer. But I felt our guys played well.”

Coach Pulphus said defensive back Heaven Coleman had two interceptions. Defensive back River Smartt, along with linebacker Ismail Naylor and defensive lineman Trey Welch were all mentioned as having good games.

Coleman scored one touchdown while Tracy Cole scored the other.

The Wildcats open the season Saturday, Aug. 11, in the Mississippi State jamboree. They will host Northeast Lauderdale the following Friday in the season opener.