One of East Mississippi's most complete teams, the Louisville Wildcats will take a 15-0 record into Saturday's 3-A State Championship game against Hazlehurst, and it all started back in the hot Louisville Summer.
"It mainly comes from how long we've been working together. I mean, it's been four years strait, five for some of us because we came over here in the spring in middle school and everything else," said receiver Dalton Hudspeth. "But it means a lot to have a quarterback as good as Wyatt [Roberts] and to have somebody who can get the ball out to us and the receiving corps ."
"Good off-season of work developing good chemistry with receivers is key to a successful passing game," said Roberts. "Had a great summer of work and we've been playing together four years. You know, it always pays off."
Roberts has been a starter since his freshman year. He's part of a group of 25 seniors that will either just miss the mark.... or finish football with a 16-0 record
"Mixed emotions, you know? On one hand, it's like... 'wow, we're finally here.... the last game,'" said Roberts. "And on the other, it's like... you don't really want it to be done. "
Senior wide receiver Desmond Goss is just happy the Wildcats have finally made it to the championship game.
"Oh it's fun. This is my first year. This is my first time doing this," said Goss. "I'm excited. The team's excited, and we're going to go out and do what we do best."
Louisville's defense has forced seven shut-outs and held opposing teams to six points on four occasions. One more effort like that, and they'll return home champions.
"Hazlehurst has a lot of speed," said senior linebacker Jeremy Sangster. "We give a lot of respect to Hazlehurst because they were state champions last year. They have a lot of speed. We just want to contain them. We watched film. Now we're ready to play."