WELCH — It’s “get serious” time for the Welch Wildcats.
The Cats concluded the non-district portion of the schedule Friday, Sept. 15 with a 58-26 romp over Bartlesville Wesleyan Christian, putting a successful cap on homecoming and bumping their record to 3-0.
The Wildcats begin District C-3 play Friday, Sept. 22 by traveling to Medford.
The Cards are 1-2 after a 24-16 loss at Ringwood Friday, Sept. 15.
“We told the boys we’re thrilled to death to be 3-0, but honestly, that mean anything — it starts meaning something this week,” Welch coach Ryan Gleaves said.
The Wildcats were up 22-6 before Wesleyan Christian got a 54-yard scoring strike to Martin from Hayden Viel and a 65-yard scamper by Braeden Cook on a pass from Viel.
That narrowed the gap to 22-14 only to have Gunner Johnson team with Brace Welch on a 65-yard scoring strike from Johnson.
Baker ran the conversion to give the Cats a little breathing room.
It was all Welch in the second half as jake Davis-Bissing had an 8-yard and Baker added a 1-yard blast to bump the score to 48-20.
The Wildcats added a 43-yard TD reception by Brace Welch and a 1-yard run by Davis-Bissing to in the fourth quarter.
Wesleyan Christian got the game’s final points on a 33-yard pass from Viel to Abram Stewart late in the game.
The Mustangs’ first six points came on a 98-yard kickoff return by Martin following Baker’s TD.
“Wesleyan came out fired up and we didn’t dominate up front like we had the first two weeks,” Gleaves said. “It was good for us heading into district play to have a test up front.”
Baker had a career best 146 yards rushing on 25 carries with the touchdown.
“We gave them kind of an option look with he and Gunner,” Gleaves said. “They tried to take Gunner out and he read it well all night. Every time they would go for Gunner, he would hand it to Josh and he was eating up yards like crazy. He had a great game.”
Davis-Bissing chipped in with the two scores and 74 yards on 12 attempts.
Johnson completed 7 of his 11 pass attempts for 240 yards and four touchdowns.
Brace Welch had three receptions, all for touchdowns, and 134 yards.
Braxton Turner also had three catches for 93 yards and one score.
“He’s had a good year so far,” Gleaves said. “It helps having Braxton Turner in there too because he’s a threat on the other side of the field. They can’t just zero in on Brace and try to shut him down.”
Ethan Clark headed up the Wildcat defense with 11 tackles, including seven solos. He also had a sack that resulted in a loss of 10 yards.
Davis-Bissing had nine solos and one assist. Johnson added seven solos and an assist.
Wesleyan coughed the ball up five times — three on fumbles and two on interceptions.
Turner had both picks while Dalton Duede, Clark and Robby Foust each had a fumble recovery.