By Steve Swogetinsky

Kemper County Messenger

Kemper County football fans will get their first look at the 2018 Wildcat football team Saturday when they play Stringer at the Southern Mississippi jamboree in Hattiesburg.

The game starts at 2 p.m. and will be played at the USM football stadium. Coach Joshua Pulphus said his team has been working hard in spring training as they try to improve on last year’s 3-9 record.

Stringer went 10-4 last season and competes in Region 4-1A.

 “We are going to be very young this year,” Coach Pulphus said. “We have some holes to fill but this has been a very competitive spring.

“We are really ahead of where we were last year. Our coaching staff has stayed together and we are better organized. Last year, we didn’t get together until late July. Now we have our routines down. We are really excited about the way this team is coming together.”

The Wildcats play in Region 5-3A along with Forest, Morton, Choctaw Central and Southeast Lauderdale. The Wildcats went 2-2 in the region last year and hosted a first round game. They were eliminated in the second round against Jefferson Davis County, formerly known as Bassfield.

De’Ontre Rush started at quarterback as a sophomore last year. He is the No. 1 quarterback going into Saturday’s scrimmage game but Pulphus said others will see action at the position.

“It’s a very competitive situation,” Pulphus said. “We are looking at several at this point.”

The top running backs will be Ricardo Windham and Christian Rush. Pulphus described the offensive line is young but talented. The defense will also be trying to fill some holes.

Looking ahead, Pulphus said the Wildcats will play in the Mississippi State jamboree on Saturday on August 11. The opponent and time has been set at this point.