By Greg Perkins
The Joseph City Wildcats built more than a 50-point lead with a powerful running game through two and a half quarters against visiting Fredonia before eventually wrapping up their fourth win of the year 72-38 over the Lynx.
Four first period scores followed by two more in the second gave the Cats a comfortable 47-0 halftime cushion. They tacked on another score early in the third, then allowed Fredonia to get on the board with a pair of touchdowns later in that quarter. Fredonia outscored the Wildcats in the second half, but the outcome had long since been determined, with Joseph City dominating the game until the midpoint of the third quar-ter.
The Wildcats’ rushing offense was in top form, gaining 501 yards on the ground. Chance Rush was re-sponsible for 184 of those yards on just five carries, three of which went the distance for scores. Jacob Fields carried just three times, scoring on each run for a total of 118 yards. Josh Burt was nearly the third runner to reach the century mark, picking up 96 yards on only three runs with a touchdown. Forest Lake carried 5 times for 63 yards with a score. Wyatt Johnson had one run covering 22 yards with a score. Connor Neal gained 11 yards on two attempts. Landon Baldwin rushed once for two yards.
Joseph City attempted four passes, completing two. Fields was one for one for 25 yards. Hayden Hendricks was one for three, but that one went for 87 yards to Daniel Hutchens for a score. Connor Neal caught his pass from Fields, covering 25 yards.
Joseph City’s offense picked up 613 total yards on the night. The Lynx gained 390, with the majority of those coming in the second half.
Defensively, the Wildcats were led by Robert Larsen with eight tackles. Kyler Crosby was close behind with 7.5. Johnson and Neal were each credited with 6.5, and combined for a quarterback sack. Hutchens finished with six takedowns.
“We are looking better. This week is a big game for us against Duncan since we both have the same re-cord,” said Coach John Bryant.
The Wildcats moved to 4-1 on the season.
Duncan comes to town after a long bus ride, and if Joseph City continues to play like it has, the visiting Wildcats will have a longer return trip to the southern part of the state.
By Greg Perkins