Josh Fulton dives in to block a Kemper County punt Friday night. Jonathan Jones is the Wildcat punter. The Tornadoes won the game, 58-8.
Josh Fulton dives in to block a Kemper County punt Friday night. Jonathan Jones is the Wildcat punter. The Tornadoes won the game, 58-8.
The Philadelphia Tornadoes improved to 5-1 on the season after pounding out a 58-8 victory over previously unbeaten Kemper County Friday night in prep football action.

The Tornadoes enter the Region 5-3A portion of their schedule this Friday night when they visit the Forest Bearcats who come in at 4-2. Forest was a 28-12 winner of Northeast Lauderdale last week.

"It's definitely going to be a big game," Philadelphia Coach Teddy Dyess said. "Forest has a lot of tradition and they have four state championships to their credit. That's something we want to strive for in our program. We are looking forward to going over and playing them.

"We are coming off a big win over Kemper County. They came in undefeated and they are going to win some more games before this season is over," Dyess said.

Senior quarterback Romon Gray put the Tornadoes up 13-0 in the first quarter with a couple of touchdown passes. First, he connected with Kaylon Gray on a 23-yard TD pass with 6:49 left in the first quarter. Later, he followed up with a 17-yard TD pass to T.J. Hudson. John Harold Smith was true on one of the two extra point kicks and the Tornadoes led 13-0 with 1:55 left in the first quarter.

Philadelphia appeared to be headed for another touchdown when Kemper County's Johnathan Jones stepped in front of a pass and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown. Kevin Burrage passed to Willie McCray for the two-point conversion and the Tornadoes led 13-8 with one second left in the first quarter.

Philadelphia responded with four touchdowns in the second quarter.

A 45-yard run by Jacardius Griffin set up the first score as he put the Tornadoes on the Wildcat nine-yard line. Gray scored two points later on a four-yard run. The kick was good and the Tornadoes led 20-8 with 9:03 left in the second quarter.

The Wildcats punted after fourth down and put the Tornadoes on their own 12-yard line. Philadelphia put together an 11-play drive that resulted in a 10-yard TD pass from Gray to Hudson. Smith kicked the extra point and Philadelphia led 27-8 with 2:03 left in the second quarter.

Philadelphia recovered the kickoff on the Kemper County 40-yard line. Gray rushed 28 yards and Griffin ran the rest of the way for another Tornado touchdown. Smith's kick was good and the Tornadoes led 34-8 with 1:28 left in the half.

Halftime couldn't come quick enough for Kemper County. They took the kickoff on their own 20. After a four-yard loss, the quarterback mishandled the snap and it rolled into the end zone. Linebacker Fent Mars picked up the ball for a Philadelphia touchdown, his second in as many weeks. Smith's kick was good and the Tornadoes led 41-8 at the half.

The Tornadoes scored on their second possession of the third quarter when fullback Kenshon Henderson scored on a six-yard run. Smith kicked the extra point to give the Tornadoes a 48-8 lead.

Later in the quarter, Edrick McClendon picked off a Kemper County pass and returned it 63 yards for a touchdown. Smith's kick was good, which gave Philadelphia a 55-8 lead.

The final points came in the fourth quarter when Smith kicked a 41-yard field goal.

Gray had 188 total yards. He had six rushes for 76 yards and completed 5-of-9 passing attempts for 106 yards. Griffin led the team in rushing yards with 111 markers on 18 carries, while Hudson had led the receivers with four catches for 83 yards.

Mars was the leading tackler with nine. Keylon Burnside had seven tackles while Zach Ingrum had six. K.J. Peebles had four tackles and two sacks.