By Kedrick Storey/Southern Sentinel
BALDWYN – After simmering a week over a 31-point Division 1-2A loss to Bruce, the Baldwyn Bearcats were ready to get back on the field. Friday, they wasted little time in taking out their frustrations on the visiting Walnut Wildcats.
On the first play from scrimmage, senior running back Bradley Boose burst through the Wildcat defense and raced 65 yards for the score. The Bearcats never looked back and eased their way to a 35-6 victory to remain in second place in league play.
“I stumbled a little bit, but I looked left, cut back and saw the end zone,” said Boose, “When I saw the end zone I had to score.”
Boose finished with a game-high 118 yards and two first-half touchdowns. His 14-yard TD in the second quarter extended the Bearcats’ lead to 28-0.
Baldwyn (6-4, 3-1) gained 415 yards in total offense with 280 yards coming on the ground along with four rushing touchdowns. Laquintez Upshaw had a 2-yard run in the first quarter and Devonta Gates scored the final Bearcat points with a 7-yard run in the third.
Baldwyn quarterback Corbin Scott was 9 for 13 for 135 yards and a 33-yard TD to Nickey Long to round out the scoring in the first quarter.
“We needed to get back out here, not necessarily that we played bad last week,” said Baldwyn Coach Michael Gray. “We had a lot of effort, but we turned the ball over way too many times against a good football team. “
Baldwyn held Walnut to 80 total yards in the first half. Senior defensive end Diquan Agnew led the Bearcats with 18 tackles, 12 solo.
After giving up a TD on the first play, Walnut (3-6, 1-3) gave it back to Baldwyn with a fumble on the ensuing kickoff. On that Baldwyn drive, the Wildcats blocked a potential 32-yard field goal, but Baldwyn picked up the ball and ran to the 2-yard line for a 1st and goal.
“Credit to Baldwyn, they will represent our division well in the playoffs, but you can’t go down early to a great team like that,” said first-year Walnut coach John Meeks. “We tried to get back in it, but a negative play here or a penalty there was just too much.”
Wyatt Huffman ended the scoring drought for the Wildcats with a 10-yard run with 9 seconds remaining.