Defense, special teams rise to the occasion for Louisville

Football stockBy Logan Lowery

Daily Journal

LOUISVILLE – Louisville’s usually high-powered offense was limited to just 168 yards by Aberdeen on Friday night.

Luckily, the Wildcats defense and special teams came to play generating 10 sacks and blocking three punts – returning two for touchdowns – for a 39-13 victory to remain undefeated at 9-0.

“The defense stepped up and did a good job tonight,” said Louisville coach M.C. Miller. “The offense wasn’t clicking tonight like they were supposed to. It was kind of an off night for them, but maybe they’ll pick it up from here on in.”

Wildcat quarterback Wyatt Roberts, a Jacksonville State commitment, was 5-for-17 passing for 69 yards and two touchdowns. Demarcus Brooks rushed for 92 yards and a touchdown on eight carries.

Louisville started strong with its first three touches.

Linebacker Jeremy Sangster blocked a punt for the Wildcats first touch, and Louisville got a 41-yard touchdown pass from Roberts to Travian Hudson on the second. Brooks ripped off a 55-yard scoring run on the third touch getting Louisville off to a strong start.

Roberts would find Desmond Goss for a 10-yard touchdown to push the Wildcats lead to 22-0 at halftime.

Corey McCullough added three points to the lead with a 28-yard field goal to start the second half. A pair of punt blocks were also scooped up by Anthony Gund and returned for touchdowns in the third quarter.

Aberdeen scores

Aberdeen would finally get on the board midway through the third when Josh Williams connected with Jerrick Orr on a 61-yard score. The Bulldogs would add a 3-yard touchdown run by Tramonte Prather with five seconds remaining.

“The difference in the ballgame was our punt team,” said Aberdeen coach Mark Bray. “They blocked three punts and forced us into a 5-yard punt. If you take those 21 points off the board it’s a different ballgame.”

Aberdeen (4-5) finished with 333 yards as Williams hit on 8-of-19 passing for 198 yards and a touchdown. Orr hauled in four passes for 156 yards and a score while Donta Carter carried 14 times for 73 yards.

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