As Bethel High coach Gavin Kralik finished compiling all the statistics from his wild South Puget Sound League South Division game against Puyallup – the two schools combined for a ridiculous 1,208 total yards – he looked over in his office, and his son was already snoozing
Imagine how Kralik’s quarterback, Justin Hordyk felt afterward.
As if Hordyk had not been the exemplary leader of the team up to this critical point Friday night – the winner would all but grab the SPSL South’s No. 2 spot behind Federal Way – the quarterback did it all in the Braves’ 73-56 victory over Puyallup at Art Crate Field.
Hordyk passed for 222 yards and a touchdown. He rushed for 204 yards. And when one of the Braves’ starting defensive backs came up hobbled late in the first half, it was the senior who went out and played cornerback – and had two interceptions.
“And he was homecoming king tonight,” Kralik said.
The Braves needed every big play. After Puyallup tied it at 42-42 early in the second half, Hordyk responded by rifling a 59-yard touchdown strike to Brandon Kirian with six minutes remaining in the third quarter.
Hordyk picked off a Rhys Gervais’ pass on Puyallup’s next drive. Running back Jeffrey Holder capped a long Bethel drive with a 5-yard scoring run for a 56-42 lead with at the 3:30 mark.
Bethel amassed 631 yards – the fourth time this season the Braves topped the 500-yard mark.
“I was pleased with our defense – they got four takeaways, and that was a big deal,” Kralik said. “And (Hordyk) was phenomenal. We wouldn’t trade him for anybody in the state.”
Gervais compelted 19 pf 36 passes for 407 yards and five touchdowns. Receiver Nic Wisor hauled in 10 catches for 203 yards and a touchdown.