By Greg Perkins
The Wildcats racked up seven first quarter touchdowns en route to a 70-28 win over visiting Ash Fork last Friday night.
Just one score in the second left the home team with a 54-0 halftime cushion. Two more second half scores wrapped up Joseph City’s scoring on the night. Ash Fork broke into the scoring column with one third period touchdown and three scores in the fourth.
Joseph City outgained Ash Fork by just over 100 yards at 349-244, but about the only thing that stopped the Cats on the night was Ash Fork’s end zone.
With the big lead several players saw quality playing time for Coach John Bryant. Chance Rush was the leading ground gainer on the night despite rushing only three times. He gained 156 yards on those three car-ries, with each of them going for a score. Jacob Fields carried four times, picking up 44 yards, with half of his carries also reaching the end zone. Connor Neal picked up 40 yards on two runs, one for a touchdown. Chance Bray carried once for 15 yards. Landon Baldwin rushed six times for 11 yards and Josh Burt gained five yards on his only attempt.
Joel DeWitt completed two of three passes for 20 yards with one scoring toss. Fields made good on one of two throws for 50 yards and a score. Hayden Hendricks completed one of six attempts with an interception. Jaden Parra caught two balls for 58 yards and a score. Wyatt Johnson also grabbed two for 20 yards and scored once.
Bray and Baldwin led the defense with five tackles each. Josh Burt was credited with four stops.
The win moved the Wildcats’ record to 3-0 and sends them into tonight’s (Sept. 14) matchup with Mogol-lon to face a Mustang team that is also 3-0 on the season.
By Greg Perkins