By Jon Watje
The Bulldogs took care of business in their final regular season game by cruising past Wellston, 50-6, on Friday.
With the victory, Minco finished district play with a perfect 6-0 record and only one blemish on their overall record to a very good Chisholm team from a larger class. The Bulldogs clinched the district the previous week, meaning their game against Wellston had no implications for the district or playoff pairings.
Coach Brock Wardlaw sat many of his starters in the game against Wellston, allowing younger players to get valuable playing time and experience.
Starting quarterback Shannon Williams only played one quarter while back-up quarterback Daxton Williams took over for the rest of the game.
“Daxton played very well and had a 40-yard touchdown run for us,” Wardlaw said.
Minco’s big play maker, senior running back Tucker Halstead, did not play in the game.
“Tucker got banged up in the last game so we wanted to sit him and let him get better,” Wardlaw said. “He is getting better every day and hopefully he will be ready to go in our first playoff game.”
Defensively, sophomore Wyatt Conley had a big game against Wellston, intercepting two passes.
Now, the Bulldogs have their sights set on the playoffs as they will host their first playoff game on Friday against Rush Springs, the fourth seed. The two teams faced each other earlier this season in Rush Springs as Minco won the game, 32-16.
The Bulldogs scored all of their 32 points in the first quarter of that game, but Rush Springs shut them out for the rest of the game, and made it a ball game.
Wardlaw said he expects Rush Springs to be a tough match-up the second time around.
“We did not finish that game the way we wanted to,” he said. “They are a solid team and they run the ball very well. It is always tough to beat the same team twice.”