WELCH — Getting back on the right track in a big way, Welch romped to a 56-8 win over Deer Creek-Lamont here Friday, Oct. 6.
The win snapped a two game losing streak and gave the Wildcats their first District C-3 victory.
The game ended with about nine minutes remaining on a 30-yard run by Josh Baker and his ensuing conversion run.
“We got everything back on track,” Welch head coach Ryan Gleaves said. “DCLa is 0-6 now, but it was a good game for us to get things going back in the right direction. The boys responded and played well.”
Braxton Turner had his best game of the season, catching four passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns.
He now has seven TDs on the season.
The Wildcats (4-2, 1-2) jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first quarter on a 51-yard TD strike from Gunner Johnson to Turner.
He added a 34-yard scoring catch in the second period as Welch opened up a 32-0 lead at the half.
“We’ve got he and Brace (Brace Welch), but haven’t really connected with Braxton a lot here and there,” Gleaves said. “It was kind of reversed, we connected with Braxton four times and scored on two of them. Brace only had one catch.
“I knew all along that having both of them was going to be a good thing heading down the stretch.”
Johnson scored twice on runs of 37 and 30 yards.
Jake Davis-Bissing added a 2-yard run. He also had a conversion run.
Deer Creek-Lamont’s only touchdown came in the third quarter.
Johnson accounted for 255 yards in total offense for the Cats. He rushed for 129 yards and the two scored on 10 carries then completed five of his nine pass attempts for 126 yards and another two scores.
Baker had his second-best rushing output of the season with 136 yards and two TDs on 13 attempts.
“Josh Baker really ran hard,” Gleaves said. “He really showed that he’s healthy again after rolling an ankle a couple weeks ago. He played pretty good.”
Davis-Bissing was the Wildcats’ defensive leader with six solo and three assisted tackles.
Johnson contributed six solos and one assist while Levi Street logged three solo and four assisted stops.
The Wildcats travel to No.1-ranked Pond-Creek Hunter on Friday, Oct. 13.
“They are No. 1 for a reason,” Gleaves said. “They are really good.”