Philadelphia's Ahyunte' Crosby (6) sacks Kemper County's quarterback for a safety.
Philadelphia's Ahyunte' Crosby (6) sacks Kemper County's quarterback for a safety.
DEKALB - The Philadelphia Tornadoes earned a much needed victory Friday night against the Kemper County Wildcats 36-6, thanks to three passing touchdowns by junior quarterback Asher Morgan.

It was tough sledding early on for the Tornadoes in the first half as defense was the name of the game.

Philadelphia's first drive ended with a turnover on downs, and their second drive resulted in a three and out, but the resulting quick kick punt by Morgan pinned the Wildcats back at their own two-yard line.

The first points of the game were actually scored by the Tornadoes defense as they forced a safety and a 2-0 lead.

After the ensuing kickoff, Morgan found junior wideout Lideatrick Griffin for a 39 yard touchdown and an 8-0 lead. The Tornadoes attempt at a 2-point conversion failed and they retained a one score lead into the second quarter.

Philadelphia's next drive ended in a turnover but their next drive resulted in an eight-play, 66-yard drive that ended in another Morgan to Griffin touchdown strike, this time from 17 yards out to put the Tornadoes up 15-0. The drive also included a 21-yard pass from Morgan to Griffin and a 26-yard pass to Tanner Boler. The Tornadoes would hold the 15-0 lead into the half.

The Tornadoes would open up the second half with a huge turnover, recovering a Wildcat fumble at the Kemper County 31-yard line. They would be unable to move the ball, turning the ball right back over on downs to the Wildcats.

Philadelphia's next possession would end on a turnover on downs as well, but their third possession in the half, which was set up by a fumble recovery deep in Wildcat territory, would result in a 24 yard rushing touchdown and a 22-0 lead.

Morgan would add his third touchdown pass of the game, a three-yard pass to Trey Crockett, resulting in a 29-0 advantage.

Deiondre Fox would add a 19-yard rushing touchdown as the Tornadoes would go up 36-0 before Kemper added a late score to finish the game at 36-6.

Overall, Morgan was 10-25 passing for 200 yards and three touchdowns passing. Griffin caught six passes for 136 and had two touchdowns on the night.

The Tornadoes will be back in action Friday night when they visit the Quitman Panthers.