Philadelphia's Jacardius Griffin picks up yardage in the Tornadoes' game with Louisville. The Wildcats won the game, 19-6.
Philadelphia's Jacardius Griffin picks up yardage in the Tornadoes' game with Louisville. The Wildcats won the game, 19-6.
The Philadelphia Tornadoes will try to get back on track Friday night when they host Bay Springs in prep football action at Harpole Field.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

The Tornadoes are coming off a 19-6 loss to Louisville last Friday night in a game that lived up to its billing as a matchup between two Class 3A powers.

"We wanted to give our kids a game with a playoff atmosphere and that's exactly what we got," Tornado Coach Teddy Dyess said. "This is one game. We said going in that win or lose, it wasn't going to define our season. Now we are looking ahead to the next game."

Philadelphia comes in at 3-1 while Bay Springs stands at 2-2. The Bulldogs defeated Heidelberg High School 31-0 last week.

Louisville took the opening kickoff and drove down to the Tornadoes' 25-yard line before running out of downs.

Philadelphia was slowed by a couple of early penalties but then a 21-yard pass play from Romon Gray to T.J. Hudson got them to their own 33-yard line. The Tornadoes stayed on the ground for the next seven plays, led by Gray's jaunts of 22 and 18 yards. Then Gray connected with Kaylon Gray on a 9-yard TD pass play. The extra point was no good and the Tornadoes led 6-0 with 6:04 left in the first quarter.

The two teams exchanged possessions. Then Louisville got on the scoreboard when Desmond Goss scored on a 58-yard TD reception from Wyatt Roberts. The try for two failed and the score was tied at 6-6 with 11:50 left in the second quarter.

The teams battled back and forth throughout the second quarter. Philadelphia missed a field goal attempt just before the half and the score was tied at 6-6 at the break.

Louisville took the lead early in the third quarter when Nicholas Shields recovered a Tornado fumble and returned it 65 yards for a touchdown. The extra point try failed and the Wildcats led 12-6 with 10:03 left in the third quarter.

That proved to be the ballgame as far as the scoreboard was concerned. Both teams moved the ball throughout the third and fourth quarts but could not score until Louisville added a touchdown in the fourth quarter when Wyatt Roberts scored on a two-yard run. Corey McCullough kicked the extra point with 3:25 left in the game.

The Tornadoes finished with 256 total yards with 199 coming on the ground and 57 in the air. Romon Gray rushed for 68 yards and had all of the Tornadoes' passing yardage. Jacardius Griffin had 127 yards rushing.

Linebacker Fent Mars led the team with 16 total tackles. Keylon Burnside added 12 while Brad Horne finished with eight. Darrell Rosell and Josh Rush both had seven and Josh Fulton had six.