By From staff reports
BALDWYN – Bryson Gardner returned a pass interception 75 yards for a touchdown late in the first half Friday to give Nettleton a 19-17 lead against Baldwyn.
“Our kids could have had their heads down after that pick six before halftime,” Baldwyn coach Michael Gray said. “I know I felt like hanging mine.
“But I told them at halftime, ‘Go out, hold onto the ball and tackle, and you’ll win.”’
The Bearcats (1-4) listened and responded to defeat the visiting Tigers 44-19 for their first victory of the season.
“We established the run early and often in the second half,” Gray said. “Our defense was able to stop them a time or two.”
Walker Wildmon, the Bearcats’ quarterback, scored on a 19-yard run for Baldwyn’s first TD in the opening quarter. Mitchell Winstead kicked a 28-yard field goal and eighth grader Duke Upshaw returned a kickoff 87 yards later in the first quarter.
In the second half, Brady Boose scored on two 3-yard runs and one 9-yard run for Baldwyn. Upshaw rounded out the scoring with an 8-yard TD.
Nettleton (1-4) scored its first-half points on TD runs by Corbin White of 9 and 4 yards.
“I hope this win breeds a ton of confidence in them,” Gray said. “They worked really, really hard this week. They got something positive out of it. Hopefully, they’ll come back next week wanting more.”