Coming into their game Friday, the Madill Wildcats knew in order to pull off an upset over No. 1 Bethany, they would need to slow down the Bronchos high-powered offense.
Coming into their game Friday, the Madill Wildcats knew in order to pull off an upset over No. 1 Bethany, they would need to slow down the Bronchos high-powered offense. Unfortunately, the boys in purple and white and other ideas. Bethany showed it was more than worthy of its No. 1 ranking as the Bronchos scored 21 first quarter points, eventually leading to a 56-28 victory at Blake Smiley Stadium. The loss officially eliminated the Wildcats from playoff contention this season at 3-6 overall and 2-4 in district play. Bethany got the scoring started in the first quarter when Nathan Jones went 54 yards for the touchdown, before Sam Brandt connected with Ben Lawson for a five yard touchdown pass to make it 14-0. Brandt then recovered a fumble for a touchdown to make it 21-0, before scoring another touchdown to make it 28-0. Jones got his second score of the night in the second quarter to make it 35-0, before John Venable was able to get Madill on the board with a two-yard touchdown run to make it 35-6. Bethany got one more score before the end of the first half, putting the score at 42-6. Kendall Robertson scored the only touchdown of the third for the Wildcats as he found River Shaw for a 17-yard touchdown pass before the duo connected again for the two-point conversion to make it 35-14. Venable then made things interesting as he scored a 15 yard rushing touchdown less than four minutes into the fourth to make it 35-21, before Brandt got another touchdown pass for Bethany to make it 42-21. Ty Rushing then got the last score of the night for Madill on a 33-yard touchdown pass to RJ Morris before Mateo Fajardo added the extra point. Venable finished the game with 22 carries for 126 yards and two touchdowns. Madill will be on the road to finish the season at 7:30 p.m. Friday against Tecumseh.