WELCH — The worst fears of Welch head coach Ryan Gleaves were realized Friday, Oct. 27.
He had said Destiny Christian wasn’t your run of the mill private school.
The Destiny Wildcats, a five-time Oklahoma Christian Schools Athletic Association state champ, rolled to a 46-0 victory over Welch.
“We knew they would be pretty solid — they weren’t like a Pond Creek or anybody like that, but they drove the ball down the field on us,” Gleaves said. “They had two big plays that they scored on, but other than that, they held their own in the first quarter.
“We just couldn’t move the ball on them.”
The game was a late addition to the Welch schedule after Copan folded its program earlier this month.
Quarterback Tim Owens accounted for three of the Destiny touchdowns with a 1-yard run and three TD passes.
He teamed with Josh Johnson on scoring strikes covering 70 and 40 yards and added a 44-yard scoring pass to Grant Gingrich.
Destiny also got a pair of 6-yard touchdown runs from Adam Hill.
A 9-yard run by Blair Anderson ended the game in the third quarter.
Welch (4-3) managed only 119 yards in total offense, with 85 of that coming on the ground.
Josh Baker had a team-high 45 yards on 10 carries while Gunner Johnson added 36 yards on 10 attempts. Jake Davis-Bissing netted 6 yards.
Johnson completed only 4 of 11 passes for 34 yards.
Brace Welch caught three passes for 16 yards and Davis-Bissing had two receptions for 18 yards.
“We just couldn’t get off the line of scrimmage hardly,” Gleaves said. “They had some big kids up front. We would hit the right kids; we just weren’t maintaining blocks. It’s still better than not playing.”
Davis-Bissing was Welch’s defensive leader with six solos and one assisted tackle.
Tristan Davis added two solos and four assists.
Welch wraps up the regular season Friday, Nov. 3 at home with Regent Prep.
Welch is currently fifth in District C-3 with a 3-3 record.
“We have to beat Regent by 15, then we see what happens from there,” Gleaves said. ‘I think if we beat Regent, we will end up with a tie for fourth and we may get knocked out due to head-to-head.”
Bluejacket and Medford are 4-2 after losses Friday night. Those two play in the regular season finale.
Should Bluejacket lose, it would get the higher seeding due to its 48-0 win over the Wildcats on Sept. 29. Medford also defeated Welch 48-44 the previous week.