By DON HUNT
Three games into the high school football season and the Bethel High Braves are putting up basketball-like numbers on the scoreboard.
The Braves’ high-powered offense exploded for 49 points in the first half on the way to a 63-8 rout of Rogers in a South Puget Sound League game Friday night at Bethel High.
The huge point total comes one week after a 56-39 victory over Todd Beamer and two weeks after a 56-44 loss to Permian High of Odessa, Texas.
Do the math, and the Braves (2-1 overall, 2-0 league) are averaging 54.3 points per game, or more than one point per minute.
“If we keep executing like this than our offense could carry us a long way,” said Bethel senior quarterback Justin Hordyk, who completed 12 of 15 passes for 214 yards and three touchdowns and ran the ball eight times for 96 yards and another score. “We’ve got a lot of weapons and a great offensive line. I really haven’t been touched all year.”
The Braves operate out of a spread-option, no-huddle attack and attempt to wear out opponents by running to the line after each play. They had Rogers (1-2, 1-2) on its heels the entire game Friday.
“We push the tempo even faster in practice,” Hordyk said. “Then on game night we can think clearly and everything just flows.”
David Fontenette tallied the first two touchdowns for Bethel, dashing 1 yard on an option play and then scoring from 23 yards out on a perfectly-executed bubble screen pass from Hordyk.
Hordyk capped a 71-yard, 8-play drive with a 1-yard touchdown run on Bethel’s next possession, giving the Braves a 21-0 lead. The senior QB, in his third season as a starter, set up the score with a dazzling 34-yard run.
Jeffery Holder added a 4-yard TD run and Fontenette added his third score on a 9-yard run as Bethel soared to a 35-0 lead with 4:16 remaining in the first half. Fontenette had four touchdowns on the night.
Then the Braves’ defense joined the fun as junior linebacker Daniel Gonzalez picked up a fumble and returned it 35 yards to paydirt.
“I came in on a blitz and saw the ball rolling on the ground,” Gonzalez said. “I thought the ball was dead but my teammates were yelling, ‘go, go’ and so I picked it up took off for the end zone.”
At halftime, Bethel had rolled up more than 400 yards of offense to just 47 for Rogers. The Braves finished with a 490-136 advantage.
Rogers averted a shutout when backup quarterback Grayson Madland dashed 68 yards to the end zone late in the third period.