The Wildcats racked up nearly 400 yards of total offense Friday night, while the defense assaulted an athletic OKC Centennial team, and Bethel won its first game of the season, 20-12.
Senior running back Kazhir Cooper ran for 185 yards on 22 carries, scoring twice. Fellow senior Thomas Scott replaced an injured Colton Carter at quarterback in the second quarter, and he performed well, throwing for 101 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 37 yards on eight carries.
Another bright spot for the Wildcats (1-3, 1-0) was senior fullback Kyle Foreman. Foreman finished the game with 113 total yards, including a 63-yard touchdown reception with 5:30 remaining, which proved to be the game-clinching score.
The third quarter belonged to Centennial. The Bison opened the half by marching 10-plays on a 40-yard drive, scoring on a 5-yard run by quarterback Malcolm Mitchell. Bethel's offense then put together its own 10-play drive as Scott found Ethan Brewer twice, converting third downs on completions of 26 and 12 yards. But a Scott pass bounced off of his receiver on the next play and landed in the arms of Centennial's Cornelius Morgan, who returned the interception 86 yards. The Bison led 12-6.
Bethel coach Mark Morgan was proud of his team for the response they showed in the fourth quarter.
"We fought through adversity — interceptions and penalties. We grew up tonight and fought through those things,” Morgan said. “We wouldn't have been able to do those things two weeks ago."
Cooper found the end zone on the next offensive series for Bethel on a 1-yard run, and the drive was successful due in large part to Foreman's 37-yard run to the Bison 21. The score was tied at that point, 12-all.
Foreman sealed the victory on the next series as Scott found him in the left flat. Foreman caught the pass and raced 63 yards to the end zone, Cooper ran in the extra point and with 5:30 remaining, Bethel led 20-12.
"We needed the win," Morgan said. "We pounded the ball and won up front tonight, and that was our plan. We're going to enjoy the win and then go compete as best we can against Jones next week."
Bethel will be on the road next week against Jones in a non-district game. The Wildcats will resume district play the following week against visiting Star Spencer.