By Steve Swogetinsky

Kemper Messenger

The young Kemper County Wildcats were no match for Wilkinson County as they dropped a 49-0 decision on the road last Friday night in prep football action.

In years past, the two teams have met in the state football playoffs and a rivalry developed between the two Wildcat teams.

“I was disappointed because I felt we would have competed better,” Coach John McKenzie said. “They jumped out very aggressive and we couldn’t move the ball. They led 29-0 at the half. After the game, they acted like it was a big win for them,”

“Our young guys came back and played better in the third quarter. They are learning. But we couldn’t get anything going,” McKenzie said.

Wilkinson County improved to 4-2. They visit Franklin County this Friday.

The Wildcats finished with around 80 total yards. Mack Turner, Kemper County’s receiver turned quarterback, rushed for 40 yards and had 60 yards passing.

The Kemper Wildcats dropped to 0-6. They will celebrate Homecoming this Friday night when they take on Morton. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

The Panthers come in with a 1-5 record. Their only win came in a 28-3 decision over Raymond. Last year, the Wildcats came close to beating Morton before falling 21-20.