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Wildcats Crush Little Axe 56-0


September 24, 2020

A day before last Friday night's game with Little Axe (0-2), Bethel (3-0) head coach Joey Ginn was confident in his defense facing a rarely seen flexbone offense, saying, "It's assignment football, we've seen it, and our guys will know where to be."  Linebackers LW Moore and Corey Metcher played a big part. Moore had 14 tackles and Metcher had 13 with five for losses.

His Wildcats proved him correct, not only by beating the visitors in the home opener, 56-0, but by dominating the option offense to the tune of allowing only 22 yards on 38 total plays. By contrast, the Wildcats offense gained 435 yards on 62 plays. Quarterback Jesse Tucker completed 20 of his 34 pass attempts for 313 yards with six touchdowns, but was intercepted for the first time of the season.

Also starring for the offense were the Drae Wood/John Gordon receiving-brothers combo. Wood caught six for 129 yards and four scores while little brother Gordon hauled in two receptions for 100 yards, reaching paydirt both times.

Bethel scored on its second possession after junior Rowdy Story tackled the Little Axe punter inside the Wildcats' 20-yard line. Story finished the game with three fumble recoveries and 13 tackles. Tucker then hit Wood for a 14-yard pass. Freshman Gabe Palomares added the extra point and the 'Cats led, 7-0. Palomares was perfect again for the night, hitting 8 of 8. He is also perfect on the season, making 12 of 12 so far. 

Later in the first quarter, Metcher scored on a one-yard run. Tucker hit a wide-open Gordon on a hitch-and-go route for a 57-yard strike to close the first quarter with a 21-0 lead. The 'Cats did not take the foot off the throttle in the second quarter, scoring quickly on back-to-back Tucker to Wood passes of 22 and 45 yards. The Wildcats led 35-0 at the half.

Ginn complimented the struggling Indians, saying, "Their kids played hard the whole game, and they're young." But the halftime message to his own team was about being consistent and getting to a level they need to be.  

"I told our team at halftime, 'No adjustments are necessary if we just keep playing the way we have been.' I told the varsity it was their job to get the young kids out there, and they did that. We put the younger kids in with five minutes left in the third."

Metcher, who ran for 66 yards as the game's leading rusher on ten carries, scored his second touchdown of the night on a 12-yard run to increase the Wildcat lead, 42-0. Tucker then hit Gordon on a tunnel screen, and Gordon took it the distance for a 43-yard score. To close the scoring for the contest, Tucker, for the fourth time, found Wood all alone in the corner of the north end zone on an 18-yard touchdown pass.  

Ginn said after the game, "It was nice to play a clean game where we didn't do things to get goofy penalties. Going into district play next week, it was also nice to be able to run the ball so well. Also, our kids know they can block pressure."  

Bethel will begin district play by hosting Christian Heritage (1-2) tomorrow night with a 7 pm kickoff. Homecoming festivities will be before the game and are scheduled for 6:30 pm.


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