By Kevin Nichols
Contributing Writer 

Bethel Wildcats Lose 55-14 To Washington Warriors


October 8, 2020

Bethel Cheer perform at halftime of the homecoming game.

Bethel faced likely district 2A-3 champion Washington (5-0, 2-0) last Saturday afternoon at the Warriors' stadium. While the final score showed a 55-14 loss for the Wildcats, the stat sheet revealed a different story. 

Bethel (3-2, 0-2) head football coach Joey Ginn last week talked about playing with more consistency and establishing the run game to take pressure off of his quarterback. Both occurred in the game, but such things do not appear on scoreboards. 

"We ran for 255 yards and averaged over seven yards a carry against probably the toughest defense we'll face all year. We had four possessions inside the red zone that we didn't convert on. And our effort was there on defense. I think we had kids trying to do too much, and that's what we will work on. Just 'do your job' mentality on defense."

Washington scored quickly on the Wildcats early in the first quarter, forcing two Bethel punts and leading, 21-0, after converting a fourth-down pass for a 42-yard score.

Towards the end of the first quarter, running back Corey Metscher ripped off a 71-yard run. Quarterback Jesse Tucker scored a few plays later from the four, and brought the score to 21-6. Metscher finished the game with 109 yards on only 9 carries. Tucker rushed for 77 on 17 attempts, and Dez Loving added another 69 yards on the ground on 8 rushes. 

Washington returned the short kickoff for a touchdown and increased the score to 28-6. Bethel faced fourth down on the ensuing drive and converted with a 53-yard touchdown strike from Tucker to John Gordon. Tucker found Gordon on the 2-point attempt and cut the score to 28-14. Tucker completed five of 17 attempts for 92 yards and a touchdown. Gordon caught two of those for 74 yards and a score.

Washington scored twice more in the second quarter, including a 1-yard run with 19 seconds left in the half.  They led 42-14. Bethel defenders who played well included LW Moore (18 tackles), Metscher (11 tackles), and John Allred (10 tackles).

Bethel opened the third quarter with a long drive that ended on downs at the Warrior fifteen. The Wildcats drove to the twenty on the next drive but did not score. The remainder of the game featured Washington's kicker. He successfully kicked two field goals of 44 and 48 yards in the fourth quarter to close the scoring at 55-14.

The kicker had a large impact on the game. Besides the two field goals, he was good on all seven of his extra point kicks. But the portion of his game that affected the Wildcats the most was his kickoffs.All ten went in the end zone for touchbacks, forcing the 'Cats to face 80-yard fields on every drive with no opportunity for kick returns to shorten the field.

Bethel will look to get its first district win tomorrow night when they host the Crooked Oak Ruf-Nex (0-1, 0-0). Crooked Oak is finally healthy and deemed COVID-free after having to cancel four of its five games this season. Kickoff is set for 7 pm.


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