WATTS – The only way Welch didn’t score in Friday night’s dismantling of Watts was via a pass and a safety.
The Wildcats did have seven rushing touchdowns, returned two interceptions for TDs and ran a punt and a kickoff back while rolling to a 70-12 District B-4 victory in a game that ended at halftime.
“It just snowballed,” Welch head coach Ryan Gleaves said. “We were up 24-0 and had run three offensive plays.”
The point total was the most for the Wildcats since scoring 74 points in a 74-0 rout against Midway in 1998. It also was the most total points in a game since 2007, when Dewar and Welch combined for 111 in a 69-42 win by the Dragons in a first-round playoff game.
Alex Smith had five touchdowns – four in the first quarter and two on interceptions - and 161 yards on only 11 carries to head up the Wildcat attack. He also ran four conversions.
Gleaves didn’t know just what to expect in the game: “we had one good day of practice, but luckily came out ready to play.”
Smith got the first Welch touchdown with a 35 yard run then returned an interception 30 yards and went 42 yards with a punt. A 34-yard run by Smith ballooned the lead to 30-0.
Reuben Garner broke loose on a 44-yard TD run for Watts, but that was countered by a 2-yard run by Logan Bruce near the end of the quarter.
Smith’s final two scores came on a 43-yard run and a 45-yard interception return.
Garner returned the ensuing kickoff 70 yards, then Chance Harris and Dillon Babb added TD runs of 9 and 16 yards for the Cats.
For the second time this season, Welch didn’t complete a pass in the game.
The Wildcats were 0-for-7 in the opener with Bluejacket then was came up empty on all three attempts against Watts.
Smith also had five tackles and one assist to lead the Welch defense. Jacob Mount had four stops while Asa Chenoweth, Bruce and Harris logged three each.
Welch hosts Bartlesville Wesleyan Christian Friday night in B-4 play.