By Kevin Nichols
Contributing Writer 

Bethel Set To Play Three Games In Nine Days


October 22, 2020

Bethel Senior takes down McLoud offensive player in the 28-22 win Sept. 15. Photo courtesy Lisa Slay

COVID-19 continued its assault on high school football in district 2A-3 last week. After squeezing in a week's worth of practice for Holdenville (2-3, 1-2), Bethel (4-2, 1-2) was forced to stay home and not play when the Wolverines shut down their school last Thursday. The game will be played this Monday, Oct. 26, at Holdenville at 7 pm.

Over halfway through the district portion of the schedule, it appears that the top three will be Washington, Community Christian, and Christian Heritage. The 'Cats have already played Washington and Christian Heritage, and with a win over Crooked Oak, Bethel needs to win tomorrow against Lexington and Monday at Holdenville. Win or lose, though, the OSSAA has announced all team will participate in the playoffs this year.

Bethel coach Joey Ginn knows the scenarios but chooses instead to focus on the game in front of them. Enter Lexington. The Bulldogs (1-5, 0-3) visit tomorrow night. Lexington opened the season with a win over Allen, a Class A team. They followed that win with five straight losses, though three of those were by a touchdown or less. The Bulldogs did not play Crooked Oak because of COVID-19.

"Lexington is a good football team. I know their record doesn't indicate that, but they play good ball over there. Defensively they line up in a 3-4 but will slant to a 4-3 and play quarters coverage behind it. They have a big nose guard that concerns us," Ginn said.

When the Bulldogs are on offense, they will line up in multiple formations. "They will show pro, shotgun with doubles and trips. They can throw, they sprint out with their athletic quarterback. They have a good skill kid, number six, who plays receiver and running back," Ginn said.

Ginn talked about the postponed Holdenville game last week: "It was weird. We found out on game day that the game was being moved to Monday, so we now have three games to play in a span of nine days (Lexington tonight, Holdenville Monday, and Community Christian next Friday). I've coached 18 years, and this is something I've never experienced. But we're not the only ones in this situation, so we're just gonna play the game in front of us."

Bethel and Lexington began playing each other in football in 1990, and Lexington currently leads the series, 9-3. The teams have not played since 2009. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

District 2A-3 (after week 7)

1-Washington (7-0, 4-0) +58

2-Community Christian (6-1, 2-1) +1

3-Christian Heritage (4-3, 3-1) +22

4-Purcell (3-4, 2-2) +11

5-Bethel (4-2, 1-2) -5

6-Holdenville (2-3, 1-2) -22

7-Lexington (1-5, 0-3) -35

8-Crooked Oak (0-3, 0-2) -30

Week 7 results

Washington 56, Lexington 6

Bethel at Holdenvile postponed

Community Christian 22, Christian Heritage 21

Purcell 35, Crooked Oak 20

Week 8 matchups

Washingtonl at Holdenville

Lexington at Bethel

Community Christian at Purcell

Christian Heritage at Crooked Oak

Monday 10/26

Bethel at Holdenville


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