Bethel Runs Past KR

Anthony Meray

Bethel used big plays on offense and a dominant defense to pound Kentridge...

Last season Kentridge went down to Bethel high school and embarrassed the Braves. On offense their line dominated, breaking off big running plays. On defense, they exposed the Bethel offense as a one dimensional attack that could be easily shut down. This year the same thing happened, just switch the teams.

Bethel walked onto French Field the more balanced team and it showed in their 24-0 drubbing of the Chargers. The game was scoreless well into the second quarter. Both offenses were unable to produce anything significant. Bethel finally broke through when Anthony Meray shed a few tacklers and broke down the sideline for a 50 yard run. Two plays later QB Justin Hordyk hit WR Skylar Copeland on a bubble screen for a ten yard touchdown. Kentridge missed a field goal on their only successful drive of the half.

The score at halftime was 7-0. Bethel would go on to score 17 unanswered in the second half, giving the final score of 24-0. The Kentridge offense was as powerless as any I have seen this season. There wasn't even a moment where it seemed like the Bethel defense could have been in trouble. Bethel blatantly stacked the box and blitzed. KR couldn't complete a pass to make them pay for their aggressive play calling. The KR defense slowly wore down after spending most of the game on the field.

Bethel's second half touchdowns were long scores made by playmakers. Tommy McDonald took a short pass, broke a tackle, and raced 44 yards for the score. The final TD was a magical run where Meray ran into a pile of defenders and just when you thought he was down, popped out the other side for a 60 yard touchdown.

Sophomore Justin Hordyk was impressive in his ability to manage the Bethel offense. Meray was the star of the game; he led to two scores and rushed for well over 100 yards. His playmaking ability was something the KR offense had no answer for. One bright spot for Kentridge was senior linebacker Dylan Zylstra, who finished the night with 9 tackles, 1 TFL, and 1 fumble recovery.

Bethel was missing their best player in DL Happy Iona who is out with a leg injury for a few more weeks. When they get him back they will be a force in the south and should have no issue making the playoffs. Kentridge needs to recover from this game and find some semblance of an offense if they hope to make the playoffs in the north. That's it for today, out at Jackson/Edmonds-Woodway game tonight...

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