By Greg Perkins
The Wildcats’ long journey to Fredonia was worth the trip Saturday afternoon as they returned home with a 35-0 shutout victory over the Lynx. Joseph City played well throughout the first half, building a 28-point margin. In the second half several younger players got varsity experience.
Hayden Hendricks completed just two of his three pass attempts, but both went for touchdowns. The first came just three minutes into the contest when he hooked up with Sam Johnstun for a 20-yard scoring strike. Four minutes later Matt Fields rumbled in from 35 yards out, making the score 14-0 with Hendrick’s two-point conversion run.
Early in the second Hendricks’ second scoring toss went to Koby Smith from nine yards out. Bryndon Buckley booted the point after, making the lead 21-0. With 6:06 left in the half Johnstun scored on a 30-yard run, bringing the score to 28-0 with Buckley’s point after.
In the third period Troy Poudrier connected with Hendricks for a 43-yard catch and run. Buckley’s third point after kick was the final score of the game.
Joseph City dominated both sides of the line of scrimmage, piling up 306 yards of offense while holding Fredonia to just 72 total yards. Poudrier’s only pass went for the 43-yard score. Hendricks was two for three for 29 yards with two scores. Cameron Baldwin completed three of eight passes for eight yards.
“We were able to get a lot of playing time for the younger kids in this game. The team played well,” stated Coach Eldon Larsen.
On the ground Poudrier rushed five times for 57 yards. Fields gained 46 yards on three runs and scored once. Johnstun carried twice for 45 yards and scored once. Hendricks ran it three times for 26 yards.
Hendricks caught just the one pass for 43 yards and a score. Johnstun had one catch for 20 yards and a score. Smith’s only catch was also a touchdown from nine yards out. Trey Tuckfield had one reception for six yards. Eligh Ashcroft made two catches for two yards.
Johnstun led the defense with 6.5 tackles. Forester Flake made six stops and Kaden Westover was credited with 5.5.
With the win the Wildcats improved to 4-2 on the season. Another long road trip awaits them on Saturday, Oct. 3, when they travel back up north to face El Capitan in Colorado City. The Eagles are 0-3 on the season, including last week’s 51-6 loss to Mogollon. Joseph City will host the Mustangs next week.