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By Kevin Nichols
Contributing Writer 

Wildcats Rough-Up The Ruf-Nex


October 15, 2020

Natasha Dunagan

Dezmen Loving, of Bethel, runs across the finish line in eighth place, with a time of 18:50.7 for the 3A high school boys 5,000-meter race during the OBU Cross Country Invitational, held at the Gordon Cooper Technology Center on Oct. 1.

The Bethel Wildcats (4-2, 1-2) got their first district win of the season last Friday night against Crooked Oak (0-2, 0-1) when the offense exploded in a 62-13 win. By the numbers: the 'Cats scored what is likely a school record 41 second half points before heading to the locker room with a 55-0 lead at the half.

The JV squad played almost all of the second half with a running clock. The game ended at 9:15. The lack of opportunity for the offense did not affect their numbers, however. Quarterback Jesse Tucker completed 11 of his 20 passes for 177 yards and five touchdowns to four different receivers: Gage Porter (4 catches-52 yards-2 touchdowns), John Gordon (3-76-1), Xavier Meier (1-19-1), and Reagan Curry (1-21-1).

Running back Corey Metscher had another solid rushing performance with 151 yards on only 8 carries for two touchdowns. Dez Loving added another 86 yards on the ground on five totes and also had two touchdowns. 

Bethel coach Joey Ginn said, "It was nice to run the ball effectively again. We feel like our offensive scheme gives us an upper hand when we're able to run the ball. Coach Blizz (offensive coordinator Brandon Blizzard) is good at calling plays because he knows what's going to be open. Jesse managed the game well too. On his touchdown passes to Porter and Meier he went through several reads and progressions."

The Wildcats scored 14 points in the first quarter with Tucker finding Porter on a 12-yard scoring pass and Loving punching it in from the two-yard line. Freshman kicker Luke Drew joined the football team last week to help fill the void of fellow freshman kicker Gabe Palomares, who has been out for precautionary reasons the past two weeks. Drew responded by successfully converting 8 of his 9 extra point attempts. 

The second quarter explosion began with Metscher scoring on a 14-yard run. Tucker then increased the lead to 28-0 when he connected with Gordon on a 39-yard scoring pass. Meier scored his first touchdown of the season after that with a 19-yard pass from Gordon.

Loving and Metscher provided highlights with back-to-back touchdown runs of 48 and 79 yards, respectively. The first half finally ended for the Ruf-Nex as Tucker hit Curry for a 21-yard touchdown pass.

Crooked Oak got on the scoreboard in the third quarter against Bethel reserves with a 24-yard touchdown pass. After an unsuccessful onside kick attempt, Tucker located Porter once again, this time on a 22-yard touchdown pass. The Ruf-Nex closed all scoring in the fourth quarter on a 40-yard pass.

The district win over the Ruf-Nex puts the Wildcats in a three-way tie for the fourth playoff spot in district 2A-3 heading into week seven. Ginn believes the Crooked Oak win is the beginning of an opportunity they feel they have to be highly competitive and to jockey for playoff positioning. Remaining for the 'Cats are Lexington, Community Christian, and Purcell. Tonight's scheduled game with Holdenville has been postponed.


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