Bethel Fans Watch For Running Attack

 

September 5, 2019

Friday, Sep. 6 will mark the season opener for Coach Joey Ginn and his Bethel Wildcats. Before that, Bethel took on Okemah Thursday, Aug. 29, in the program’s last scrimmage before regular season play begins.

When asked about takeaways from the scrimmage and what really stood out to him, Coach Ginn commented on the play from his wide receivers (WRs).

“We have really been experiencing moving guys like Devin Acklin and Drae Wood around, putting them in our outside WR spot, in order to give the defense a different look,” said Ginn. “Jesse Tucker was really impressive at our wide out left slot. He really drove their corners out.”

Coach Ginn highlighted something Bethel fans can keep an eye on, their improved running attack. Bethel has been able to throw, but their added focus on the running game and their ability to run in the scrimmage is a point of emphasis for Ginn and his coaching staff. We will hopefully be hearing the names of Junior Running Back (RB) Dezmen Loving and Sophomore RB Corey Metscher a lot in a positive light.


With that note, something the Bethel staff has been preaching is for their WRs to improve their blocking in order to aid the ground attack. Those receivers will be smart to heed this instruction, for when the running game gets going, that forces more defensive players to play in the box, which will clear out the secondary for those WRs.

With the season opener at home against rival Tecumseh on Bethel’s mind, Ginn praised the coaching staff for what they were doing over there at Tecumseh. Ginn gave some keys to the game for his squad.

“(Tecumseh) is going to run the football. There were times last year we struggled to stop the run game,” admitted Ginn. “We have to work hard and be in the right position. We need to dictate where they go rather than them dictate where they go.”

The crux of the battle will appear to take place in the trenches, with Bethel attempting to get their running game while also stymying Tecumseh’s running game as much as they can.

Bethel sees their first two games of the season at home facing McLoud Sept. 13 before hitting the road for two straight games against Little Axe Sept. 20 and Sulphur Sept. 27. Bethel will return home for Homecoming against Plainview Oct. 4.


With senior Gunner Smith taking snaps in his last hurrah, Bethel will look for a strong start on the road to the playoffs when they welcome the Tecumseh Savages Friday, Sep. 6 at 7 pm

 

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