The Bolton Wildcats gave up two quick scores and then shut the door as they ran past Kingsbury 40-18 Friday night in District football opening action.
Senior speedster Darian Nave went for 211 yards and junior DeVante Williams added 153 on 13 carries as Bolton’s linemen dominated in the trenches.
“Offensively we were able to control the line of scrimmage and run the football,” Coach Tommy Miller said of his team’s first win of 2013. “Defensively we played better and didn’t give up the big plays.”
Miller, who must feel he has medical personnel on speed dial, lost another athlete early Friday but the Wildcats didn’t miss a beat. Running back James Bowman went down with a knee injury, joining a trio of receivers and others on the sideline, yet Bolton didn’t miss a beat.
The Wildcats amassed 410 rushing yards with quarterback Austin Clark going to the air for 59 more.
Nave gave the Wildcats an early 7-0 lead capping a game opening drive with a 15-yard scoring run. Kingsbury answered with a pair of scores before Bolton asserted their dominance.
James Bauman scored from four yards out early in the second quarter and DeVante Williams went in from five as Bolton took a 21-12 lead at the half.
After a scoreless third, Kingsbury pulled within three when Preston Harris bulled his way in but Williams scored from 37, 32 and 14 yards as the Wildcats won going away.
Bolton’s rush game was successful despite Kingbury putting eight, and sometimes nine, in the box.
“They (Kingsbury) are athletic, but they had some kids going both ways and we kind of wore them down,” Miller said of the Memphis-based school.
With all three receivers out with injuries, including a pair lost for the season and the extent of Bowman’s injury unknown, Miller’s mantra of “Next Man Up” is running out of men.
“Dylan Mack and Joseph Giboney both stepped up at receiver,” Miller said, “but
we’re getting pretty thin. The bye week can’t get here soon enough.”
Bolton will have to wait a little long to get healthy as they travel to St. Benedict Friday in non-district action.