Menchville RB Javoni Hales fends off Bethel DB Jamere Jackson (Photo: Joe Barnes/recruit757)
Bethel drops 13 unanswered points to upend Menchville 13-7
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit757
Two weeks ago, Bethel dropped its first game of the season to Maury.
The 49-point defeat was the worst loss for the Bruins since losing to Lake Taylor in 2012 by a 51-point margin. Change needed to happen and it happened a week later when Bethel was able to knock off Heritage for the second-consecutive season by a score of 17-7.
Javoni Hales rushed for over 200 yards and two touchdowns in the Monarchs’ first game of the season where they were able to blank a rebuilding Granby program 21-0. However, competition on the defensive side of the ball presented a much larger challenge with Bethel lining up on the opposite side of the line of scrimmage on Thursday night.
The Monarchs has had a difficult time getting inside the head of Bethel over the last 10 years dropping all 10 contests. However, over the last two seasons the margin of victory has decreased with the Bruins knocking off the Monarchs last season by only nine points. Behind late game magic between Caleb Beard and Isaiah Smith, Bethel was able to knock off Menchville 13-7 which brings the Bruins record to 2-1 through the first three games for the first time since 2014.
“Defense really saved the day,” Coach Incorminias stated. “I mean they gave up one early and they made adjustments with various things that allowed us to stay in the game.”
Bethel held Shamon Maynard, Braeden Sword, and the Menchville passing game in check for most of the contest as both quarterbacks combined for 1-of-12 passing for 29 yards.
Starting running back Javoni Hales was the biggest focal point on the evening for the Bruins as containment was key. Menchville opened the contest with the first possession of the day and on the first play Hales was able to take a hand off from Maynard 78 yards down the right sideline for the game’s first touchdown.
After his first run, Hales was somewhat kept in check rushing for 80 yards over the course of his next 16 carries accumulating 158 yards in total on the day. Despite getting Anthony Hogan and Kyle Anthony-Uson involved in the contest to spell Hales at times, the two only combined for 31 yards on 11 carries.
The Bruins finally got on the board in the second quarter when Caleb Beard connected with Joel Hicks on a crossing pattern that went 54 yards for a touchdown to tie the game up at seven apiece.
Bethel had a lot more success in the passing game than the Monarchs with Beard completing 10-of-16 passes for 149 yards and two touchdowns on the evening. The Bruins deployed a balanced attack through the ground game allowing seven different running backs to get their hands on the ball.
Nore Taylor was the most effective running back for Coach Incorminias on Thursday night rushing for 50 yards on 11 carries. His ability to use his small frame to sniff out holes within the defensive line made him the perfect compliment for most of the evening.
However, down the stretch it was the combination of Beard and his receiving group that put the Bruins in position to steal the game late with 4:58 left in the fourth quarter.
The final drive for Bethel started with a seven-yard completion to Joel Hicks which gave their offense a little more room to work with. Beard then connected with Devoun Gaffney and A.J. Luster on a trio of plays that combined for 46 yards over the next three receptions. The Bruins were able to cap off their two minute drive with Beard linking up with Isaiah Smith who was able to out muscle two Menchville defensive backs for the game-winning touchdown strike.
The missed point after attempt left the door open with 2:28 left in the fourth quarter. However, the Monarchs used all three of their timeouts in the third quarter which left them defenseless to stop the clock in case of a change in possession. Menchville spelled Maynard for Swords during the final drive of the contest who was sacked on three-consecutive downs to end the contest for the Monarchs.
Bethel (2-1) will match up against Kecoughtan (0-2) who has a contest again Phoebus on Friday night while Menchville (1-1) will look to get back on the winning wagon against Gloucester (0-2). The Dukes lock horns with Heritage (0-2) on Saturday.
Final: Bethel 13, Menchville 7
– Brandon Mitchell
Bethel 0 7 0 6 — 13
Menchville 7 0 0 0 — 7
MEN—Hales 78 run (PAT good)
BET—Hicks 54 pass from Beard (PAT good)
BET—Smith 16 pass from Beard (PAT no good)
BET: Beard 10-16-149-2. MEN: Maynard 1-9-29, Swords 0-3.
BET: Taylor 11-50, Beard 6-30, Futrell 4-26, Hicks 2-17, Smith 2-7, Hughes 3-5.
MEN: Hales 17-158-1, Hogan 5-19, Anthony-Uson 7-13, Maynard 3-11, Swords 1-6.
BET: Hicks 3-58-1, Luster 3-44, Banks 2-26, Gaffney 2-22, Smith 1-16-1.