Aug 312012

By Greg Perkins
The Wildcats of Joseph City started the season with a breeze, rolling past visiting Rock Point 66-16.
The Cats, once again coached by John Bryant, opened defense of their Division VI title with an impres-sive scoring outburst, piling up 52 first period points against the Cougars. They added eight in the second and another six in the third to begin 1-0.
Rock Point 0 8 0 8 16
Joseph City 52 8 6 0 66
Joseph City racked up 443 yards of total offense with a fairly balanced attack with passing and running plays. Despite the loss of last year’s premier back, Remington Baldwin, the Wildcats appear to have reloaded at that position, with Conner Neal posting 164 yards on only nine rushes. Chance Rush gained 64 on eight runs. Landon Baldwin picked up 20 on three totes.
Wyatt Johnson led the team in receiving with 76 yards on nine grabs. Rush gained 48 hauling in three balls and Jayden Parra had four catches for 28 yards. Rush scored four times, Johnson and Conner Neal found the end zone twice each, while Hayden Hendricks and Jayden Parra scored once each.
Defensively, the Cats suffocated the Cougars signal caller, racking up numerous sacks, led by Neal with 5.5 and Robert Larsen with five.
This week things won’t get much tougher for the Cats as they travel to Cibecue to face a Wildcat team that was throttled 81-6 by Scottsdale Prep last week.