Wildcats open year with a victory


By Steve Swogetinsky

The Kemper Messenger

The Kemper County Wildcats opened their football season with a 33-14 victory over West Lowndes Friday night.

The game was played on the campus of East Mississippi Community College in Scooba.

Kemper County led 13-6 at the end of the first quarter and 19-6 at the half. The Wildcats added two touchdowns in the third quarter to ice the victory.

Ty Steele scored on a 70-yard TD pass play from Aaron Steele. Then Aaron ran 45-yards for a  TD. Jamar Grace caught a 35-yard and Jamari Scott scored on a 20-yard reception. Dicenzo Miller Jr. had a touchdown run.

The Wildcats finished with 360 total yards. They had 150 passing yards and and 210 rushing yards.

Miller was the leading rusher with 160 rushing yards on 17 carries, Aaron Steele completed 8-of-12 passes for 150 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed 12 times for 80 yards, giving him 230 total offensive yards.

Ishmael Naylor was the leading tackler with 18 while Aaron McCoy had eight tackles.

The Wildcats will be back in action Friday when they visit Raymond. The Rangers opened their season with a 40-13 victory over Amite County.

“This was a big win for us,” Coach Ray Ray Westerfield said. “This team didn’t get their first win until week six last year. It is definitely a confidence booster for us.

“Raymond is gomg to be a tough opponent. They kind of remind me of ourselves. Their quarter back is probably going to be their best athlete. They like to run him a lot. If we can contain him, we have a real good chance of winning the football game.”

The Wildcats were penalized six times for 65 yards while West Lowndes was penalized nine times for 75 yards.

“We had one long run called back,’ Westerfield said. “We are going to have to play mistake-free ball against Raymond.”

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