Friday was a big day for Bethel lineman Ricky Walker. Although his Bruins fell to Western Branch in a nailbiter at Darling Stadium by a score of 21-20, he welcomed a big visitor to Bethel High School that day.
It was a perfect night for football at Darling Stadium as the Bruins of Bethel faced off against the Bruins of Western Branch. The game had a playoff feel even though it was the first game for Western Branch and game two for Bethel High School. In the end, turnovers were the deciding factor. The win was ugly but Western Branch came out on top by one point.
One of last year’s Division 6 first round playoff games pitted the Bruins of Western Branch against the Bruins of Bethel High School. That game came down to a field goal with :09 seconds left and Western Branch getting the best of Bethel. This year, we will not have to wait ’til the playoffs to see Western Branch play Bethel. Instead it will be the season opener for Western Branch and game two for Bethel. “It is our first game. It is a huge game. There is no hiding that,” says Western Branch Head Coach Greg Gibson on the importance of Friday night’s game. The game will be held at Darling Stadium in Hampton and should be a thriller.
What a week to have to pick “the Game of the Week!” There are several key early matchups on the docket, including the opener for several teams. What games are the hottest this weekend? Check ’em out….
The Bethel Bruins ran away with their game against Menchville on Friday night. Here, in video exclusive to recruit757, you’ll get Ricky Walker’s take on his team’s performance, and a review from Bethel Head Coach Bubba Hooker.
For Menchville, the benefit of having a game under their belts didn’t play out. A week after losing to Maury 62-0, the Monarchs topped that futility by falling to Bethel 65-0. It wasn’t a matter of one-upsmanship. The Monarchs just couldn’t get it going on either side of the ball.
Heading into the season, it looked like Bethel’s top recruit, Ricky Walker, had everything lined up. Not so fast. Walker has had a change of heart. Instead of narrowing his list from five to one this month, he’s decided to start all over again and open the door to all.
Nathan Epstein of the WAVY/WVBT Sportswrap and I talked about the expectations for the coming season. Who’s on the rise? Who’s expected to finish on top? Who might surprise? Here’s some insight, and of course, you can check out the video interview for more.
By now, most of us know that the districts are gone. Football programs have extended their district arrangments for the purpose of scheduling for the next two years. That means that all teams in the Peninsula district will have nine guaranteed matchups, with only one game to schedule “out-of-district”. Since all former Peninsula District teams have ten games, they’ll all have their schedule set for the fall of 2013 and 2014.
Bethel lineman Ricky Walker might just be the most hotly pursued athlete at Bethel since point guard Allen Iverson. Iverson also happened to play football, but he wound up at Georgetown playing basketball for legendary coach John Thompson.