BETHEL – The McLoud Redskins were able to spoil the Bethel Wildcats' senior night winning 45-6 Friday night.
BETHEL – The McLoud Redskins were able to spoil the Bethel Wildcats' senior night with a 45-6 win Friday night.
Early in the first quarter, a bad snap on a Bethel punt led to McLoud's first scoring drive of the game. Damien Dye punched it in from three yards out and a Jaden Mitchell extra point put the Redskins up 7-0 early in the first quarter.
“Good field position is important because we have started off slow all season,” coach Rusty Hall said. “Overall I was pleased because we executed fairly well.”
Later in the first quarter, McLoud's Braxton Hall hooked up with Zac Green on a six-yard touchdown. On the two point conversion, Dye found Coye Campbell to extend the Redskin lead to 15-0.
It was more McLoud in the second quarter as junior tight end Brandon Vinson was on the receiving end of two Hall touchdown passes. Hall and Logan Wheat were responsible for a two point conversion on the first of the two touchdowns and the Redskins held a 29-0 lead.
“Brandon is a big target and we planned on getting him involved,” Hall said. “He's a good weapon to have going forward.”
Right before halftime, Mitchell sacked Bethel's Gunner Smith for a six yard loss and the the Redskins took a 29-point lead into halftime. Coach Hall challenged his players to keep the momentum going.
“I told them to keep executing until the clock reaches zero,” Hall said. “I told them to have fun and to enjoy enjoy themselves.”
The Redskins started the second half the way they started the game with a Dye 13-yard touchdown run. Braxton Hall hit Green on the two point conversion extending the Redskin lead to 37-0.
On the next Bethel possession, Smith was intercepted by Coye Campbell to stall a promising drive.
The Wildcats were able to get on the scoreboard late in the third quarter on a three yard Smith run. The extra point was no good and Bethel trailed 37-6.
The McLoud defense stepped up in the fourth quarter as Shane Rodriguez and Jaden Mitchell each recorded a sack.
Mitchell found the end-zone for the first time all season as he scored on a three yard run.
Sophomore Tyler Jones went down in the first half with an ankle injury and did not return.
Hall led the Redskins with 13 of 22 for 180 yards and three touchdown passes. He also added 18 yards rushing.
Dye carried the ball 19 times for 95 yards and two touchdowns. He hauled in two passes for 25 yards.
Vinson added a season high five receptions for 66 yards and two touchdowns. Green contributed three receptions for 72 yards and one touchdown.
Bethel's Smith struggled throwing the football, completing nine of 21 attempts for 10 yards. He was able to manage 39 yards rushing and a touchdown.
Peyton Barney carried the ball seven times for 30 yards in the loss.
In the final week of the season, Bethel will travel to 3A-1 top seeded Jones and McLoud will host Star-Spencer for their senior night.