The Calhoun City Wildcats made easy work of the Houston Hilltoppers last Friday in a dominating 41-0 victory.
The Wildcat defense stuffed the Houston offense all night surrendering less than 100 total yards and only four first downs. The Hilltoppers only had 22 yards of offense in the first half.
Rokedrick “Turkey” Mays and Marcquez Jones led the Wildcat defense with five tackles each. Demarius Howard and Patrick Crowley each had four.
The defense forced five Houston turnovers – Aaron Thompson and Howard each had interceptions. Cyle Havens, Kardevin Thomas and Crowley each recovered Hilltopper fumbles.
“We practiced hard all week and came out here and did what we do,” said Wildcat LB Tae Lawrence.
“Defensively, we just have to keep working on the little things,” Calhoun City Head Coach Perry Liles said. “We can still improve with our slanting and reading.”
The Wildcat offense was dominant with senior QB J.R. Jennings leading the way. Jennings passed for two first half touchdowns and ran for another on the half's final play.
He finished the game 9-12 passing for 108 yards, one interception and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 84 yards on seven carries, including a touchdown.
The Wildcat ground game was firing on all cylinders with 338 yards rushing as a team. Avery Hill led the team with 87 yards on 10 carries, including a long run of 54 yards. He scored a touchdown as well.
Freshman Lavarious Varnado rushed for 76 yards on seven carries, including a long run of 50 yards. He also reached the end zone one time.
Tevin Hall added 41 yards rushing and Tae Lawrence 41.
Aaron Thompson and Lawrence each had two pass receptions in the game.
“This was a good win, but there’s still a lot of room for improvement,” Liles said. “We’ve got to catch the ball better and just execute more efficiently as a whole.”
The Wildcats will return home this Friday and put their 2-0 record on the line against Water Valley, who is coming off a shutout win over Coffeeville.