Both teams came up short in week one and will be looking to secure the first win of the season as Bethel travels to McLoud for the Redskins' homecoming game.
McLoud fell to Meeker 33-21 last Friday in a game that the Redskins all but gave away with seven bad snaps resulting in a loss of 60 yards. Bethel led in the second half and lost 38-35 at Tecumseh in week one action.
Bethel brings the area's second-leading passer in Gunner Smith to McLoud in hopes of spoiling McLoud's homecoming festivities. With only one game played, Smith trails Shawnee's quarterback Heath Hunter, who has two games under his belt, by 85 yards. The junior quarterback also has four touchdown passes, putting him in a two-way tie with Chabon Anderson for the most in the News-Star's coverage area. McLoud's quarterback, Koalton Keller, comes in as the fourth-leading passer with 155 yards and two touchdown passes.
The running game features two backs that will look to get more involved this week. McLoud's Damien Dye had a decent outing at Meeker, carrying the ball 10 times for 77 yards and a touchdown. His week one performance puts him at the eighth spot amongst the leading rushers. Bethel's Matthew Melter is a load to bring down and made the best of his 12 carries, going for 63 yards and a score.
Bethel's receivers put up huge numbers in week one. Drae Wood went off for 117 yards and three touchdowns and his teammate Devin Acklin had 109 in the loss at Tecumseh. Coye Campbell made the best of his two receptions in McLoud's week one loss. Both of his receptions went for touchdowns.
McLoud recovered one fumble last week that eventually led to a touchdown. Bethel has two sacks and one fumble recovery so far this season.
The teams will line up for kickoff at 7 p.m. Friday.