BY DENNIS CLAYTON
ELLISTOWN – Baldwyn features a lot of team speed and East Union received a full dose of it on Friday as the Bearcats shutout the Urchins 61-0 in Division 1-2A football action.
“We’ve got to get healthy and we’re not going to unfortunately,” East Union coach Scott Duley said. “Our leading tackler was out tonight and we certainly saw the effects of that on the scoreboard, we didn’t play well. We just had a real lack of effort after about the first two series of offense and defense. We do have kids that are out here playing banged up, but I was very disappointed in the effort and I told them that. I hope that we’ll learn within the next two weeks how to give great effort because that’s all I’m looking for is great effort.”
Baldwyn scored 27 seconds into the contest as Laquientez Upshaw ran through the East Union defense and scored from 56 yards out. The kick failed and Baldwyn led 6-0.
The Bearcats added two more rushing touchdowns in the quarter as Marquavious Patterson and Jordan Johnson scored. A turnover really hurt the Urchins as Brison Randolph scooped up the loose football in the East Union backfield and rambled 41 yards for the score and Baldwyn led 27-0 after one quarter.
The Baldwyn offensive fireworks continued in the second quarter as quarterback Jacob Turner connected on touchdown passes to Matthew Gates and Chris Billups within the span of 39 seconds.
Duke Upshaw ran 21 yards for the next score and later returned his interception of an East Union pass 60 yards for the final touchdown of the half. Baldwyn led 54-0 at halftime.
Baldwyn’s final score came on a one yard run by Jalon Clark in the fourth quarter.
Mantachie will be next for East Union on the schedule as the Urchins travel there on Thursday.
“They’re going to be well-coached, they’re going to be prepared and we’re going to get some people back this week,” Duley said. “Lucas Wigington and Jesse Keller will come back and that will help our defense a lot. It is a winnable game, but it’s only a winnable game if we give great effort.”
East Union is now 3-5 (0-3) on the season with two games remaining. East Union could still make the playoffs if they defeat Mantachie and Hatley.