WELCH – They may have rolled to a 48-0 victory over archrival Welch, but it was a costly one for the fourth-ranked Bluejacket Chieftains.
BHS lost starters Coy McGlasson, James Walters and Charles Spiegel at different points in the game.
The status of both was not known Saturday morning, according to head coach Ronnie Simmons.
“We’ve been banged up all year, so it’s just something we will have to deal with,” he said.
The Chieftains jumped out to a 24-0 lead in the first quarter and coasted into the half with a 36-0 advantage.
They finally ended the game in the third quarter with Spiegel at quarterback.
“We don’t have a second-string or a third-string quarterback,” Simmons said. “We were just running shotgun draws, running right at them. He took a low hit and was bracing himself and hurt his wrist.”
The Chieftains had fumbled on the series before the final score.
“We were just trying to get out of the game healthy and ended up not doing it,” Simmons said.
When the Chieftains grabbed the quick lead that forced Welch to change its offensive strategy.
“We thought with our size, we thought we’d be able to run at them a little bit, but when you get down 16-0 pretty early it changes your game plan,” Welch head coach Ryan Gleaves said. “We wound up chucking the ball a whole lot more than I thought we would. I knew we would have to throw the ball in order to beat them, but we ended playing catch-up all night long.
“When you get into that mode, its tough.”
The Wildcats wound up throwing the ball 20 times, which was almost double their attempt total the first four weeks of the season. Quarterback Gunner Johnson had only four completions for 64 yards.
Welch also had only 52 yards rushing.
Josh Baker led the way with 53 yards but Jake Davis-Bissing had 2 yard and Johnson was at minus-3.
Statistics for Bluejacket were not available at press time.
Welch hosts Deer Creek-Lamont on Friday, Oct. 6.
The Chieftains will be idle since Copan has cancelled its season.