Kemper County's Ricardo Windham looks for running room in an earlier at Philadelphia. The Wildcats defeated Morton last Friday tp claim their first win of the season.

Photo by Jason Dyess
Kemper County's Ricardo Windham looks for running room in an earlier at Philadelphia. The Wildcats defeated Morton last Friday tp claim their first win of the season. Photo by Jason Dyess
By Steve Swogetinsky

Kemper Messenger


The Kemper County Wildcats claimed their first victory of the 2019 football season Friday night as they defeated Morton 26-6.

The Wildcats improved to 1-5 but more importantly, 1-0 in the Region 5-3A standings.

“it was good 0to get a win,” Coach John McKenzie said. “We have been playing tough competition all year and this got us ready for our region schedule. These are the games that are going to count.”

Senior quarterback De’Onte Rush returned from the injured reserve list and made an impact. He completed 16-of-23 passes for 149 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran five times for 50 and one touchdown.

Rush connected with Aaron Steele on 26-yard TD pass play in the first quarter. The try for two failed and the Wildcats led 6-0.

The Wildcats got on the scoreboard again when Jakylan Bourrage intercepted a pass and returned it 29 yards for a touchdown. Again, the try for two failed and the Wildcats led 12-0. That’s how it stood at the half.

The Wildcats then scored in the third quarter when Jamari Scott scored on a six-yard pass from Rush. The try for two failed and the Wildcats led 18-0.

Morton scored a touchdown to make it18-6.

Then the Wildcats put the game away when Rush ran 14 yards for a touchdown. Steele scored the two point conversion.

Windham caught one pass for 44 yards.

Ishmael Naylor was the leading tackler with 16 stops, two forced fumbles, and a sack. Wes Granger and Richardo Windham both had eight tackles,

The Wildcats will be open this week. They return to action next Friday when they host Clarkdale for homecoming.