By Greg Perkins–
The Wildcats of Joseph City kept their unbeaten streak alive last Saturday afternoon with a 72-0 romp over Fredonia.
Playing at the home of the Lynx, the Cats had just nine offensive plays in the first quarter and scored on four of them. They also added a special teams score with a punt return and the rout was on.
Remington Baldwin scored on the third play of the game on a 20-yard run. The next time the Cats had the ball, it took just two plays for Baldwin to find the end zone, this time from 12 yards out. The third possession again took just three plays to hit pay dirt when Jacob Fields connected with Daniel Bushman on a 21-yard catch and run. The fourth score of the period took only one play when Wyatt Bain and Dallas Elmer hooked up on a 60-yard scoring pass play. The Cats’ final score of the quarter didn’t even require an offensive play when Fields returned a Fredonia punt for 55 yards, giving Joseph City a commanding 38-0 lead.
Josh Burt scored twice in the second period on runs of nine and 20 yards, putting the Cats on top 52-0 at the half.
Burt added his third scoring run in the third quarter, increasing the margin.
In the fourth, Joel DeWitt found Daniel Hutchens with a 12-yard strike and Conner Neal scored near the end of the game on a 34-yard run, capping the game with the Cats on top 72-0.
Joseph City dominated on both sides of the ball. The Cats gave up just six first downs and held Fredonia to only 19 yards of total offense. The Cats rushed for 224 yards and threw for another 180.
On the ground, Burt carried seven times, gaining 73 yards. Neal rushed eight times for 50 yards. Elmer gained 33 on just two runs. Baldwin picked up 32 yards on only two runs. Colton Spurlock rushed seven times for 32 yards.
Through the air Bain completed five of seven attempts for 92 yards. DeWitt was four for four for 50 yards. Fields made good on all three of his attempts for 38 yards. Elmer had two catches for 67 yards. Bushman caught two for 33; Baldwin, two for 15; Neal, one for 32; Hutchens, one for 12; and Jaden Parra and Wyatt Johnson had one catch each.
Brandon Franklin led the defense with 6.5 tackles, two of which were for a loss. Austin Lee made 4.5 stops with one sack. Johnson had four tackles.
“We played everyone. The second team was in before the end of the first quarter and a lot of younger players got experience,” said Coach John Bryant.
Joseph City 38 16 6 12 72
Fredonia 0 0 0 0 0
The Wildcats on the road at Duncan tonight, where they hope to push their record to 6-0.