By Greg Perkins
After opening the season with a big win over Ft. Thomas last week, the Joseph City Wildcats were brought back to earth a little Friday, falling at home to Salome 48-16.
The Frogs took the early lead just over two minutes into the game on a 33-yard run. The conversion gave them the 8-0 edge at the close of the first period. In the second Hayden Hendricks knotted the game on a five-yard touchdown run followed by a Hendricks to Cody Runyan two-point catch.
Salome then reeled off five unanswered touchdowns between midway through the second and midway through the fourth quarters to build a commanding 42-8 lead over the Wildcats. Four of the five scores came on big plays, including a 74-yard run, a 42-yard pass play, a 45-yard run and a 34-yard pass play.
By the time the Wildcats returned to the scoring column they were well behind. Troy Poudrier scored on a 17-yard run with 8:02 left in the game. He also completed the conversion run, making the score 42-16. The Frogs capped the scoring late in the game by returning an interception for their final score.
Salome outgained Joseph City 420 to 258 total yards, with both teams doing most of the damage on the ground.
The Wildcats rushed for 181 yards led by Poudrier with 98 yards on 20 attempts. Mathew Fields picked up 61 yards on 14 runs. Hendricks rushed nine times for 14 yards and Dylan Romero gained eight yards on his only attempt.
Hendricks completed nine of 22 passes for 49 yards, while Cameron Baldwin was two for 3 for 28 yards with an interception. Koby Smith caught four balls for 60 yards. Poudrier had three receptions for 15 yards. Runyan, Sam Johnstun, Fields and Hendricks each had one catch.
On defense the Cats were led by Smith and Johnstun with 7.5 tackles each. Poudrier was credited with 5.5 stops.
This week the Wildcats will try to bounce back when they host what is usually a very good Pima team on Friday night, Sept. 4.