By Greg Perkins
The Joseph City Wildcats have won two straight gridiron contests and five of their past six after last Friday’s 48-20 home field win over Fredonia.
The Wildcats scored 14 in the first period, then opened up the game with a four-touchdown performance in the second period to lead 42-0 at the half.
The Lynx found the end zone twice in the third, and just one Wildcat score in the fourth put a wrap on the 48-20 final outcome.
Cameron Baldwin completed five of 13 pass attempts for 128 yards with a pair of touchdowns. Rhett Beard was the favored target with three catches for 120 yards and two scores. Eligh Ashscroft had one six-yard reception and Trey Tuckfield had one for two yards.
The Wildcats gained 283 yards on 48 rushing attempts. Baldwin led the way, gaining 194 yards on just 11 runs with one score. Tuckfield picked up 45 yards on 13 runs, finding the end zone once. Carlos Sanchez had 20 on six runs. Adrian Baloo gained 16 on three tries, Ashcroft had 10 on six runs, Colter Westover gained six on four attempts and Rance Haddox carried twice for three yards with one score.
Matt Fields was back in action for the Wildcats, returning a Lynx interception 47 yards for a score. Baldwin scored on special teams, returning a punt 75 yards for his second score of the night.
Joseph City entered Monday ranked 12th in the 1A rankings. Twelve 1A teams will qualify for the post-season, which begins in two weeks.
The Wildcats have a huge roadblock to post-season play, though. Their nemesis Mogollon will be the opponent for the regular season finale, which will be played on Friday night, Oct. 13, in Joseph City. The Mustangs will be the top ranked team in 1A after defeating previous No. 1 Superior last Friday night in Heber. The Mustangs are one of three remaining unbeaten teams in the 1A ranks. The other two, Mayer and Bagdad, will face each other on Friday.
The 1A state playoffs begin on Saturday, Oct. 21.