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McKENZIE — The No. 9 Bethel Wildcats scored 28 points in the first quarter and 28 in the second quarter and never looked back in a 92-12 record-setting victory over Kentucky Christian Saturday …
McKENZIE — The No. 9 Bethel Wildcats scored 28 points in the first quarter and 28 in the second quarter and never looked back in a 92-12 record-setting victory over Kentucky Christian Saturday afternoon at Wildcat Stadium in McKenzie.
The 92 points are the most ever scored in a game by a Wildcat squad.
Bethel scored 70 against KCU in 2010 which were the most points by a Wildcat team in recent history.
Bethel continued to add 22 tallies in the third and 14 in the fourth en route to the huge win.
The 92 points are the most scored by an NAIA team this season.
Nolan Chowbay and Sam Castronova combined for five touchdown passes and 295 yards in the air.
Devante Jimenez caught six passes and had two touchdown receptions. Derek Smith followed with four catches and a touchdown.
Antonio Wright and Jo’Kobi Reddick each had a touchdown reception.
Reddick’s second quarter 86-yard punt return for a touchdown also set a new record for the Wildcats. The previous record was held by Christopher Burney of 74 yards against Cincinnati Christian in 2017.
Taye Davis led Bethel in rushing with 90 yards on 10 carries. He had a rushing touchdown which was his eighth of the season.
De’Ontay Tate rushed for three touchdowns and finished with 65 yards.Anthony Hughes had a 15-yard rushing effort followed by a two-point conversion run by Chowbay. Darwin Kelly, Jr. and Eric Knight finished the scoring with late touchdown runs. Dalton McCann hit all ten extra- point attempts.
The Wildcats rushed for 373 yards and had 295 passing yards for a season high 668 yards of total offense. The Knights had 198 yards on the ground and 148 in the air for a total of 346.
Quinton Edney led Bethel with eight total tackles. Jeremy Johnson and Jeremy Beaulieu continued their outstanding seasons with seven total tackles each. Johnson also had a fumble recovery. Jaylen Montague also came up with a fumble recovery. Anthony Patrick and Brandon Moore each had an interception for the Wildcats.
The Wildcats converted on 12-of-15 third down tries and finished with 30 first downs in the game.
The Cats ran their record to 7-0 overall and 3-0 in the MSC Bluegrass Division. The Knights dropped to 1-6 and 0-2.
It was Military and First Responders Appreciation Day at Wildcat Stadium.
Coach Brent Dearmon was pleased with his squad’s effort and execution. “I am really proud of how our guys executed at our standard. We were clicking today and have to get the momentum rolling. It was also good to be able to play so many people today.”
Bethel remains at home Saturday hosting Cincinnati Christian at 1:30 p.m. It will be Homecoming at Wildcat Stadium.