By Greg Perkins
Joseph City’s football season got off to an unusual beginning with a 66-18 road loss to Bagdad last Saturday afternoon. The Wildcats are used to lopsided scores, but in years past they have been on the positive side of such outcomes.
The Sultans opened the scoring midway through the first period on a 32-yard touchdown pass, then tacked on two more rushing touchdowns to open up a 21-0 lead. With just over a minute left in the period Chance Bray scored on a six-yard run for the Wildcats’ only points of the quarter. Bagdad opened the floodgates in the second period, finding the end zone on four occasions and finishing the half with a 54-6 advantage.
Following another Sultan score midway through the third quarter, Cody Davis gave Joseph City fans some excitement by returning the ensuing kickoff 89 yards for a score. A final Bagdad score was followed by a two-yard touchdown plunge by Daniel Hutchens with just under three minutes left in the contest.
Bagdad outgained the Wildcats 395-133 in total yards. Joseph City turned the ball over a total of four times, aiding in the loss. Wyatt Johnson completed two of four pass attempts for the Cats for 34 yards with one pick. Both receptions were by Davis.
Davis also was the leading rusher for Joseph City, picking up 34 yards on nine attempts. Wyatt Johnson rushed 10 times for 32 yards. Chance Bray picked up 18 yards and a score on 11 carries. Daniel Hutchens rushed three times for 15 yards.
Defensively, the Cats were led by Johnson with eight tackles. Bray had 6.5, including two for loss. Davis had four stops.
This week the Wildcats have another long road trip as they travel to St. David taking on the 2-0 Tigers who are coming off a big win over Duncan last week.
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By Greg Perkins