Calvary’s Joseph Wilson afraid of roaches, not Southern Lab Kittens

Jimmy Watson
Shreveport Times

Entering Friday night’s confrontation between Calvary and Southern Lab, Cavalier running back/wide receiver Joseph Wilson didn’t fear a whole lot, including the Southern Lab Kittens who have plenty of state championship history.

But the senior does carry an unnatural fear of the American cockroach. See pestcontrol.com.

Wilson can’t really explain why he wants to run and hide every time he sees one.

“I just don’t like them, lol,” he said. 

The veteran offensive producer for coach Rodney Guin, was anything but scared Friday piling up 243 total offensive yards and scoring twice against Southern Lab while leading the Cavaliers to the LHSAA Division IV state title game with a 24-14 victory at Jerry Barker Stadium. 

“It feels good to finally make it to the state championship,” Wilson told reporter Shawn White following the game. “We came out here and did out thing. We have to do what we do to win.” 

Prior to Friday, Wilson had 52 receptions for 881 yards with 19 total touchdowns and 113 points scored. Those numbers are among the top in the state. But the Cavs were forced to turn more to the run against the Kittens. 

Calvary heads to state title game

The Calvary Cavaliers advanced to the Division IV State Championship with a 24-14 win over the Southern Lab Kittens at Jerry Barker Stadium Friday Night.  

This will be Calvary’s first trip back to a state championship since winning consecutive state titles in 2013 and 2014, and the first title trip for coach Rodney Guin.  

“They played hard tonight,” Guin said. “At some phases of the game we didn’t play well, but the defense really stepped up and got some big stops. We got it done. At this point of the year, all that matters is winning.”

Calvary had to change its style of play from a passing offense to a ground attack.  The offense was led by Joseph Wilson who collected 243 total offensive yards (158 yards rushing, 85 yards receiving) while scoring two touchdowns. Roderick Harris also scored for the Cavaliers and Thomas Murray contributed a 26-yard field goal.  

Calvary will face the defending state champion Ouachita Christian Eagles for the state title in the championship game.

- Contributed by Shawn White 

Calvary's Joseph Wilson runs against Southern Lab in Friday's LHSAA semifinal football game.

Born in Shreveport and coming to Calvary from Westwood Elementary, Wilson has a long history of older brothers also performing at a high level. 

His middle brother, Brandon Wilson, plays for the Cincinnati Bengals, finishing last season with an NFL-best 31.3-yard average on kickoff returns. 

“I looked up to my brothers and my dad they really helped me grow as a person and athlete,” Wilson said. 

Although everything went smooth for Wilson and Cavaliers Friday, he has anything but fond memories of the Homer game despite the Calvary victory. 

Calvary hosted Southern Lab in an LHSAA Division IV semifinal football game.

“I got clotheslined and fell and big puddle of mud,” he said. “Everybody thought it was funny, but the worst thing was breaking my (right) hand that same game and having to play with a cast. It was kinda hard to get used to.”

Fortunately, Wilson is lefthanded, so fumbling is not been an issue thus far. Meanwhile, he teams with Jordan Wallace to give quarterback Landry Lyddy plenty of easy targets to find. The Double W's, Wallace and Wilson, are tight.

Calvary hosted Southern Lab in an LHSAA Division IV semifinal football game.

“Jordan’s my boy. We’re like best friends. It’s good to see him having a great year,” Wilson said. “We’re both really unselfish and like I said we’re like best friends so we both are really happy for each other if one of us makes a good play and at the end of the day, we’re just trying to win.”

The duo will get at least one more game together in a couple of weeks.

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