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COLUMBIA, Ky. — The No. 5 Bethel Wildcats beat No. 10 Lindsey Wilson 56-30 to win the MSC Bluegrass Divisional Title on Saturday.In a matchup between the top scoring offenses in the …
COLUMBIA, Ky. — The No. 5 Bethel Wildcats beat No. 10 Lindsey Wilson 56-30 to win the MSC Bluegrass Divisional Title on Saturday.
In a matchup between the top scoring offenses in the Mid-South, the Wildcats outgained the Blue Raiders 606-425 in the win. It marked the third straight game Bethel has exceeded the 600-yard mark in total offense.
Taye Davis rushed for 131 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Bethel offense that gained 426 yards on the ground.
A 90-yard touchdown run by Davis in the third quarter is the longest rush in Bethel history.
De’Ontay Tate rushed for 123 yards.
Sam Castronova tossed three touchdown passes giving him 24 on the season. Coach Brent Dearmon is the leader for most in a season by a Bethel quarterback with 25 in 2003.
Antonio Wright, Derek Smith and J’Kobi Reddick had touchdown receptions. Wright and Devante Jimenez led Bethel with three receptions.
Chris Witherspoon rushed for a score.
For the second week in a row Dalton McCann connected on eight of eight point after attempts.
Jeremy Johnson led the Wildcats with 14 total tackles and a sack. He entered the game with 12.5 tackles for losses and was ninth in the nation. He had 5.5 against the Blue Raiders.
Three other Wildcat defenders were in double digits in total tackles. David Miller and Michael Adams each had 12 tackles. Jaylen Montague had 11 total tackles.
Bethel improved to 9-0 overall and 5-0 in MSC Bluegrass Divisional play to claim the crown. The Wildcats are 4-0 against ranked opponents this season, with three of those wins coming on the road.
The longest winning streak in Bethel history is 10 in 2007.
Prior to today’s game, Bethel led the conference in points per game (56.5) and total offense per game (528.3).
This is Bethel’s fifth Mid-South regular season championship, but first in the Bluegrass Division.
Coach Brent Dearmon talked about how proud he was of his squad.
“I am so proud of this conference championship. It’s tough to go on the road and get a W versus ranked teams.
We took care of business in all three phases of the game today. There were a lot of huge plays and performances but I am especially proud of our offensive lineman.
They lined up against the ninth best scoring defense in the nation and set the entire tone for the day.” He added, “This team has poise and confidence and never hangs their head. We will let them enjoy this tonight and prepare to do something no Wildcat team has ever done and that is run the table for an undefeated regular season.”
With the divisional title, the Wildcats are assured of post-season play.
The Wildcats close its regular season on Nov. 10 at home against Cumberland University.