Bethel’s offense struggled but the defense had the best performance of the night at a scrimmage that included U.S. Grant, Crooked Oak and Harrah Thursday.

Peyton Barney was in the right place at the right time and scooped up two fumbles for Bethel’s defensive starters. The Wildcats gave up a couple of big gains but no points in the scrimmage that was designed to practice plays as offenses played one play at a time and defenses were only on the field for three plays at a time.

There were no drives or first downs, just a chance to run plays against another team’s defense.

The Wildcats had some luck running the ball with quarterback Gunner Smith picking up some yards scrambling and Matthew Melter breaking a couple of big runs and coming up just short of the end zone.

Bethel’s air attack wasn’t as efficient as the ground game but they did show some big play ability on completions later in the scrimmage.

The Wildcats open the 2017 season at home next Friday against Luther.