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Class C District 3

School Colors: Blue and Gray

Head Coach: Ryan Gleaves (41-74, 12th season)

Assistant coaches: Joseph Bryson (DC)

COACH GLEAVES SAYS:

“We have the opportunity to finish in the top four in our district this year and make the playoffs.  We will have to do a better job of continuing to compete and find ways to take the game into our own hands as much as possible.”

Five Year Trend (Playoffs)

  • 2020: 1-10 (First Round)
  • 2019: 0-10 (No Playoffs)
  • 2018: 0-8 (No Playoffs)
  • 2017: 6-4 (No Playoffs)
  • 2016: 4-6 (No playoffs)

2020 REVIEW

The 2020 season for the Wildcats was a step in the right direction. After back-to-back winless seasons in 2018 and 2019, Welch inched forward, going 1-10. Their lone win was a dominant one, a 52-6 victory against South Coffeyville. “The best part of last year was snapping our long losing streak,” Gleaves says. “No one on our team had ever won a varsity football game.” Due to COVID, the Wildcats had to play five games in two weeks, but the pandemic also created a playoff structure that was all-inclusive, which meant Welch had a chance to play in the post season. “We were able to compete much better last year than we have in the past,” Gleaves says.

RETURNING STARTERS (2020 stats)

RB/LB Noah Barton (Sr) 5’10”, 185 lb

OL/LB Ethan Costerisan (Sr) 5’7”, 190 lb

C/NG Isaiah Buzzard (Sr) 5’9”, 225 lb

WR Clayton Schmidt (Sr) 6’1”, 165 lb

CB Carter Hubbard (Jr) 5’7”, 145 lb

G/DE Gage Miller (Jr) 5’11”, 165 lb

DB Deighton Pigeon (So) 5’7”, 125 lb

OTHER KEY RETURNERS

OL/DL Johnathan Shelton (Jr) 5’9”, 167 lb

RB/CB Chade Morgan (So) 5’7”, 130 lb

OL/DL Cruz Gonzalez (So) 5’11”, 180 lb

KEY NEWCOMERS

OL/DE Lucas Layton (So) 5’11”, 185 lb

OL/DL Mason Weigand (So) 5’10”, 200 lb

TE/DE Cash Tucker (Fr) 6’1”, 170 lb

RB/FS Mason Clinton (Fr) 5’7”, 145 lb

DB/RB Tyler Webster (Fr) 5’9”, 150 lb

SCHEDULE:

8/27 vs. Wilson Henryetta

9/3 @ Watts

9/10 vs. Life Christian Academy

9/24 vs. Wesleyan Christian

10/1 @ Timberlake

10/8 vs Bluejacket

10/14 @ South Coffeyville

10/22 @ Copan

10/29 vs. Deer Creek-Lamont

11/5 @ Medford

2021 SEASON OUTLOOK

Coach Gleaves points to a few specific factors that will be important if the Wildcats want to continue to add games to the win column in the upcoming season. With some experience under their belts, Welch is expecting to have a more effective run game. On defense, the pass coverage needs to tighten up. “We will need to continue to get better at tackling and find a way to make more big plays to stretch defenses out,” Gleaves says. The Wildcats finally broke their winless drought last year and Gleaves sees that achievement as a huge breakthrough. “We have a win under our belt,” Gleaves says. “The boys know what it takes to win and want more of it.”

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