Bearcats secure first home playoff game since 2009

Football stockBy Kedrick Storey

Southern Sentinel

WALNUT – The Baldwyn Bearcats got four touchdown passes from Corbin Scott and three TDs from sophomore Duke Upshaw, as they rolled past the Walnut Wildcats 41-12.

With the win, Baldwyn (7-3, 4-0) secured a home playoff game for the first time since 2009.

“We’ve been on the road the last three years,” Baldwyn coach Michael Gray said. “We’ve been in that tough division and played behind the chains. It will be nice to have that first game at home for a change.”

Baldwyn muffed the opening kickoff and Walnut recovered, driving to the Baldwyn 6-yard line before starter Jake Bennett tossed his first of three interceptions. Bennett played in place of Will Quinn, who suffered a broken left leg last week at New Site.

The Bearcats marched 94 yards, capped by a 2-yard TD run by Duke Upshaw, who had a 55-yard run on the drive. Baldwyn then scored on four of its next five drives. Scott connected with Corbin Watson from 22-yards out. Following Upshaw’s 24-yard scoring run mid-way through the second quarter, Scott connected with Martel Brown for a 46-yard TD strike and then Upshaw for a 45-yard catch-and-run score and a 34-6 halftime lead.

Scott went 6-for-13 for 185 yards and four scores. He would find Clayton Gray for 39-yard TD in the third quarter. Upshaw had 156 total yards in the first half on six touches.

“Corbin has played really well the last four or five weeks, and we’re fortunate enough to have some play-makers we can get the ball to,” added Gray.

The Baldwyn defense forced four total turnovers and limited Walnut (8-1, 3-1) to 222 yards. They held Walnut’s leading rusher Armani Linton to just 59 yards on 14 carries, his first game game under 100 yards in eight weeks. He scored both Walnut touchdowns on a 92-yard kick return in the second quarter and a 7-yard run in the fourth.

“Breaking in a new quarterback on the fly, we’ll watch film, work on it and get it right. Basically our playoffs start next week. We’re playing for a home game,” said Walnut coach John Meeks.

kedrick.storey@journalinc.com