Opening the 2014 season at home in the beautiful confines of Mickey Sellers Stadium, the Wildcats gave the home crowd something to cheer about as they dismantled the Cowboys in a 54-8 thumping to start the year 1-0.
The Wildcats used a stifling defense and dominant run game to pound the Cowboys into submission. On the night, the Wildcats offense compiled 377 yards of total offense with 334 yards coming on the ground.
By halftime the game was already out of reach as the Wildcats scored 14 points in the first and 33 points in the second quarter for a 47-0 lead at the break.
"Last year we started out like we were going to rule the world," Causey said.“We left that game and lost to Humphreys and West Bolivar so we learned our lesson from that. The kids are hungry. They have to keep that hunger right now and we are excited about the rest of the season.”
In the win, Causey said he knew the team had the ability to go out and perform the way they did.
"We knew that if we came in and executed and did what we needed to do we would be in good shape,” Causey said. “We made some big plays on defense, but we did miss some tackles and some other minor things, but they are correctable. Offensively, we did real good blocking and setting up the pass and running the football and that's what we make our living doing.”
Defensively the Wildcats forced the Cowboys to punt on their opening drive. The offense only needed a four play, 78-yard drive to score the game's first points off a 61-yard touchdown run from Jatavis Scott. Owen Jackson added the point after for a 7-0 game.
Humphreys County pushed the ball down field on its next possession and got the ball inside the Wildcats' 10-yard line, but the CHS defense did not break as Truman Brown broke up a fourth down pass to give the ball back to the Wildcats' offense.
This time CHS put together a 9-play, 91-yard drive that culminated in Andonte Maxie scoring on a 24-yard run with 20 seconds left in the first quarter. Jackson's point after was good for a 14-0 lead.
The second quarter was thoroughly dominated by CHS as Earnest Butler scored on a six-yard TD run. The point after attempt failed, but CHS held a solid 20-0 advantage. Larry Douglas added a 16-yard interception return for a score with 6:25 remaining in the second quarter and Jackson added the point after for a 27-0 lead.
The Wildcats' Tykedius Jones recovered a fumble to give the ball back to the offense and Vaughnte Dorsey added points by connecting with Kyran Parker for a 15-yard TD. The point after missed, but CHS now led 34-0.
Douglas forced a fumble on the next defensive series, and Marquan Thornton recovered to give it back to the offense again. This time Dorsey kept it for himself and jetted 47 yards for the score with 3:22 remaining in the second. Jackson added the kick after for a 40-0 lead.
CHS added one more score in the first half with two minutes remaining, as Scott got free again and marched on a 47-yard TD run. Jackson added the point after for a 47-0 lead.
The Wildcats started the third quarter off with a 91-yard kickoff return for a score from Cameron Wilson. Jackson's kick was good and the Wildcats led 54-0.
Humphrey’s only score came with 1:05 left in the third quarter off a pass. The two-point conversion was successful for a 54-8 game.
Scott led the Wildcats' ground attack with 128 yards and two touchdowns on four carries, followed by Maxie with 79 yards on eight carries with a score, Dorsey with 51 yards on two carries with a touchdown, Butler with 33 yards on three carries with a touchdown and Zach Linkous with 24 yards on five carries.
Receiving wise, Kyran Parker caught one pass for a 15-yard touchdown, and Maxie had one reception for 28 yards.
Douglas led the Wildcat defense with eight tackles, an interception return for a TD and one forced fumble, followed by Butler with four tackles.
Cleveland High (1-0) will travel to Rosedale to play West Bolivar in "The Battle of Bolivar County.” Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.