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Graham-Kapowsin finally beats Bethel – finally – on seventh try, 35-28

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on Oct. 5, 2012 at 11:24 pm with 2 Comments »
October 5, 2012 11:24 pm

Considering the number of penalties, mistakes and bad-luck plays to go against Graham-Kapowsin on Friday night, it would have been easy for it to push its winless streak against Bethel to seven games.

“We had chances to give up and be down on ourselves and in the past our kids would have,” Eagles coach Eric Kurle said. “But they played hard and made big plays when they needed to.”

Graham-Kapowsin earned a 35-28 victory against Bethel – its first “Battle of the Valley” win in school history.

The victory also allows the Eagles to retain sole possession of second place in the 4A SPSL South. But to do so, it had to overcome 15 penalties (10 in the second half) and late onside kick that Bethel recovered with a chance to tie with about four and a half minutes left to play.

Bethel cut Graham-Kapowsin’s lead to a touchdown with Connor Reopelle’s 31-yard pass to Blake Schwartz in the end zone with 4:46 left.

Braves kicker Ryan Smolko sent the ensuing kickoff high along the sideline when it bounced at the Eagles’ 23. It appeared it was headed straight to the Bethel sideline for a penalty. Instead, the ball died right there and Jeremiah Vasquez recovered to give the ball back to Bethel with a chance to tie.

Instead of folding like Kurle said had witnessed many times in the past, the Eagles caught a break when Bethel fumbled on a handoff two plays later as Graham-Kapowsin recovered and held on to collect its first victory against Bethel in school history.

Leave a comment Comments → 2
  1. Coach has some nerve to blame losing to Bethel because kids would give up in the past. The reason GK would lose was because the coach was simply out coached and the crappy plays he and his O-coach would call. GK is way better than Bethel this year and they still almost blew it. How about that coach?

  2. ConcernedCoach says:

    Until you’ve spent time breaking down film day after day and put the time in on the field blowing a whistle you really have no business calling a coach out. Just cuz you get your football expertise from John Clayton doesn’t mean you could call less crappy plays. Coach Kurle is well respected amongst his peers and I have coached against him several times. A coach knows when kids quit and so do the kids. It’s easy to sit in the stands and say “I’d do this or I’d do that” or why isn’t my Johnny playing? But the bottom line is buy your ticket enjoy the game for what it is and support your school. Leave the “x’s” and “o’s” to those who actually put time in and watch film.

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