• John Macon Gillespie

Christopher Little Set To Compete At The Fortius Project

At the end of the 2016 season, Kemper County sat atop class 3A. The Wildcats proved too much for Charleston inside Davis-Wade stadium to claim the state championship.

In 2017 Kemper County defensive lineman Christopher Little will be a senior, and he, too, plans to rise to the top.

“My goal is to become the best defensive lineman in Mississippi in 2017,” Little told SES Mississippi.

The key to reaching that goal, and the goal of repeating as state champions, is the same for the big man in the trenches.

“You’ve got to work hard for what you want. I have to push myself to work harder every day,” He said.

Little already has plans to bring that work ethic to the Fortius Project at ICC on February 25th. He hopes competing against some of the top competition in Mississippi that he can better himself.

“I’m looking to get better,” Little explained. “I need to improve my speed.”

Wherever Little is competing, whether at a camp or in a game, he brings the same approach. He plans to bring that with him to Fortius.

“Every time I line up across from someone I have the mindset “I will not lose,’” He stated.

“I’m that type of person that during the game you’re my enemy. It’s a must to do my assignment correction, but while I’m doing it, it must have a purpose.”

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that NFL defensive lineman Vince Wilfork is a player that Little attempts to emulate. Little also possess impressive size and athleticism, similar to the future NFL Hall of Famer.

“He’s a great player,” Little said. “I like how he holds down his gap with force and makes plays.”

It was a special season for the Kemper County Wildcats, who are led by head coach Chris Jones. Jones was instrumental in guiding his team all the way to Starkville in 2016. He has the respect of his players, without question.

“Coach Jones likes hard work and dedication. He’s a good person and he always tries to do his best for me. I’ll do the same for him,” Little said.

Jones, Little and the Wildcats should figure into contention in 3A again in 2017. Little appears to be a tough match-up for offensive linemen that will be on hand at the Fortius Project. It’s a good time to be a Kemper County Wildcat.

**Photo courtesy of Jason Dyess, Fourth and Goal Photography

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