WELCH — The Welch Wildcats are definitely a work in progress.
Only one starter is back from a team that went 6-4 and just missed qualifying for the Class C playoffs.
Head coach Ryan Gleaves resigned after nine seasons. He’s now an assistant at his alma mater, Commerce.
Taking over is veteran northeastern Oklahoma coach David Hindman.
The Wildcats haven’t been to the playoffs since 2011 and have won just 18 games over the past six seasons.
They had back-to-back 0-10 seasons in 2014 and 2015 and lost 24 straight games before getting a 60-6 win over Wesleyan Christian.
The Wildcats have only 12 varsity players and Hindman was hopeful of picking up a few more once school started.
Graduation took a heavy toll as the Cats’ leading passer, running back, receiver and defensive player must be replaced.
Senior wide receiver Braxton Turner the lone returnee.
He had 16 receptions for 370 yards and seven touchdowns.
Turner also carried the ball once for 5 yards.
On the defensive side, Turner had 22 solos and seven assists with four interceptions and two fumble recoveries at cornerback.
Returning junior wide receiver Seth Hayward had one reception for 7 yards.
As a result, Hindman has had the proverbial open casting call for the remaining positions.