OAKS — Gunner Johnson passed for 233 yard and five touchdowns as Welch romped to a 52-6 victory over Oaks here Friday, Sept. 8.
“Our linemen on offense are big and right now, we’ve been able to just drive it down people’s throats and bang them up a little bit,” Welch head coach Ryan Gleaves said. “It wears on you when you’ve got some big horses up front like that.
“We’ve got a couple receivers we can throw to once they start trying to pack the box with Brace (Welch) and Braxton (Turner).
Brace Welch caught five passes for 178 yards and three touchdowns while Turner had two receptions – both for touchdowns — and added 55 yards.
Johnson completed seven of his 10 attempts.
This is the Wildcats’ first 2-0 start since 2010, when they started 7-0 only to lose 21-0 to Kiefer.
“We still have a long ways from where we need to get and I told the boys we haven’t even touched our potential yet,” Gleaves said. “There are still things we need to work on, but the boys are having fun.
Welch broke out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter when Brace Welch caught a 53-yard pass from Johnson, then Johnson powered over from the 1.
Oaks got its only touchdown late in the first quarter on a 38-yard run by T.J. Cummings.
The Wildcats broke the game open with a 30-point second quarter.
Johnson had a 6-yard run three more TD passes: 67 yards to Brace Welch, 36 yards to Turner and 16 yards to Welch.
The only touchdown of the second half was a 19-yard pass from Johnson to Turner.
The Wildcats generated 194 yards on the ground. Josh Baker led the way with 77 yards on 14 carries while Johnson added 53 yards, Johnson chipped in with 53 yards on nine tries and Davis-Bissing had four carries for 44 yards.
Davis-Bissing also was Welch’ defensive leader with 10 tackles, six solos and four assists.
Tristan Clark had nine stops and Johnson was in on eight tackles.
“I am really excited for this group to have a good start like this because most of these guys have been through the thick and the thin,” Gleaves said. “They started as freshmen and had to endure all of that bad stuff. It’s finally paying off.”
The Cats travel to Bartlesville to face Wesleyan Christian.
They ended their 24-game losing streak with a 60-6 win over Wesleyan last season.