CHELSEA, OK —
More Salina Wildcats scored touchdowns Friday night than Chelsea got points on the board, as Salina blasted the Dragons 48-6 to close non-district play, or "the first season," as SHS head coach Kyle Fowler calls it.
"Season No. 2 (district play) is starting for us next week, then the third season (playoffs) after that. We made big strides from Week 1 to Week 2, and we've stayed steady since then," Fowler said.
Salina got scores seemingly from everyone except the cheer squad. Veteran quarterback Cale Backward got things rolling with a five-yard run and a 60-yard pass to Tyler Underwood in the first quarter. The TD toss was Backward's first of the season. He completed two of his three pass attempts for 71 yards.
In the second quarter, it was Kyle Johnson and Bret Fite scoring on touchdown runs of 81 and two yards, respectively. Johnson, who also serves as the Wildcats' kicker, was 6-for-6 on PAT attempts on the night.
Cullen Patterson, Nick Morton and Bryce Kerns all added TD runs in the second half to put the game completely out of reach. All totaled, the Wildcats (2-1) piled up 391 rushing yards against Chelsea.
Salina will open district play at home next week against Ketchum for home coming.
"Ketchum's 2-1. They'll have confidence coming in here," Fowler said.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.