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Wildcats advance with 58-32 victory over Morton

WOODVILLE — It was the Devin Voorhies and Nicholas Hull show Friday night for the Wilkinson County High School football team in its playoff opener against Morton High School.

The two players combined for seven touchdowns in the Wildcats’ 58-32 win.

Voorhies rushed for 187 yards and three touchdowns, threw for 122 yards and scored on a 50-yard interception return.

Hull finished with 103 yards on the ground and three scores.

“Both of them had exceptionally good games,” head coach Kenneth Brown said. “They played their role.”

The two teams played a tight ball game through one quarter, with the visitors from Morton actually leading 19-13 at the end of the first.

But the Wildcats dominated the second and third quarters, scoring 39 points to build a 52-32 lead going into the fourth.

Voorhies’ interception return was the only score in the fourth quarter.

Brandon Jones and Frank Johnson also joined the pick parade with Voorhies, and each returned their interceptions for touchdowns as well.

“We were able to pressure the quarterback and mix up some coverages,” Brown said. “We managed to get some stops and were able to get some picks and score.”

Wilkinson County accumulated 516 yards of offense in the game, with 394 of those coming on the ground.

Johnson finished the game with eight tackles, three sacks and the interception. Anthony Earl had nine tackles, Rashawn Montgomery, Elton Jolla and Lawrence Smith each had eight and Jeffery Hauer added seven and three sacks.

The win pushes Wilkinson County into the second round of the MHSAA-3A playoffs.

“This feels great,” Brown said. “We don’t want to be finished now. We still feel like we have a good enough team to compete with the people we have to compete against. We just have to keep the morale going and keep them focused, and hopefully do what we set out to do when the season started.”

The Wildcats (9-2) will face Philadelphia High School next week.