By Greg Perkins
Prior to last Friday’s matchup with Mogollon, the last time the Joseph City Wildcats suffered a loss stretched a span of nearly two seasons, 17 games and two state titles. The Mustangs were the last team to beat the Cats, with that loss coming in October of the 2010 season. In Heber this time around, the Mustangs were able to put an end to what was an impressive streak of football.
Joseph City battled tough, holding a two-point lead at the end of the first quarter, but six unanswered touchdowns by Mogollon put the Cats behind 46-8 before they were able to stop the scoring streak late in the third with a score of their own.
With the score pretty well out of reach for Joseph City, both teams scored twice in the fourth, making the final score 58-26 in favor of Mogollon.
The teams were fairly even in offensive output with the Cats holding a slim edge in total yards 390-371. The big difference in the game was the four turnovers on Joseph City’s side of the ledger. Against good teams, those turnovers always come back to hurt you and the Mustangs are certainly a good team this year.
Joseph City rushed for 279 yards and the Mustangs picked up 269. Through the air the Cats completed six of 17 for 111 yards. Mogollon completed seven of 14 for 102 yards. For the Cats, Joel DeWitt was good on four of eight throws for 83 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Jacob Fields hit on two of nine attempts, but had three passed intercepted.
Connor Neal was the leading rusher with 13 carries for 105 yards. Fields gained 65 on 16 runs with a score. Josh Burt rushed six times for 42 yards. Jaden Parra gained 33 on one run. Chance Rush had 22 yards on four totes. DeWitt rushed just twice, gaining eight yards and a touchdown.
Neal was the leading tackler with 10 stops. Rush and Parra were credited with seven tackles each.
Joseph City 8 0 6 12 26
Mogollon 6 20 20 12 58
“We made a lot of mistakes and are disappointed with our performance against Mogollon. We are looking forward to correcting those mistakes and getting ready to make a run in the playoffs. I think that we will get a lot better,” said Coach John Bryant.
This week the Wildcats should turn things around quickly when they welcome in a Fredonia team with just one win on the season against four losses.
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By Greg Perkins