OAKS - Getting an early lead will be the key for Welch as the Wildcats tackle Oaks in a District B-4 shootout here Friday night.
“They have got some very good skill players,” Welch head coach Josh Schertz said. “They're the kind of team if you let them hang around for very long, its going to be a long night. We need to jump out on them early.”
That hasn't been much of a problem for the Cats in their last three games.
They were limited to one touchdown in a 12-6 overtime loss to Kiefer in the season opener.
Since then, they've outscored the opposition 141-46 over the last three games. That includes a 59-14 blistering of Cave Springs last Friday in a game that was stopped in the third quarter.
“That's going to slow down as the schedule gets tougher,” Schertz said. “Offensively, as long as we take care of the fumbles and penalties, we will be OK. We've got kids settling into positions. The first couple of scrimmages and the first couple of games, we had four or five kids who were green. I think we're just going to get better with each game.”
Quarterback Chance Sandusky had 145 yards and one touchdown while Billy Jackson added 108 yards and three scores.
Sandusky had 200 yards and three touchdowns in a 48-12 romp against South Coffeyville two weeks ago.
“Any time you rotate a quarterback, that's not a good thing,” Schertz said. Sandusky and Austin McKeon had rotated at the position the first two weeks.
“Chance has really settled in,” Schertz said. “He's had 345 yards the last two games - that will open up lanes for the other two backs.”
Oaks stands 2-2 on the season, 1-2 in B-4 play, following a 32-0 win over South Coffeyville.
The Warriors have lost to Watts (66-34) and Copan (48-0) and the other win was against White Oak, 56-6.
“They have a real good quarterback and two really good receivers,” Schertz said. “They will try to spread us out and throw. People haven't been able to run on us.”