Bethel and McLoud prepare for showdown

The Standard stat leaders – through 9/4

By Adam Ewing | shawneestandard@gmail.com

It’s only week two, but somebody’s 0 must go.

This week, the McLoud Redskins host the Bethel Wildcats in a battle of 1-0’s. Both teams had little to no trouble in week one. McLoud entertained U.S. Grant and sent them packing with a 38-8 beatdown, while Bethel went to Meeker and handled business 28-8.

Both teams fully expect to get the job done Friday. However, only one can come out victorious.

McLoud surpassed 2019’s win total in week one. Now the team focuses on it’s week two opponent, Bethel. Coach Rusty Hall thought the Redskins had a good week of practice.

“I thought we were able to get a lot accomplished this week,” Hall said. “Overall, I think we’ve been competitive in practice and we were able to get some good review in Wednesday.”

The Redskins bring a different look than Bethel’s week one foe. Coach Joey Ginn said his team made the necessary adjustments going forward.

“Last week, we felt we could load the box and stop the run,” Ginn said. “This week we face a more balanced attack and I expect our guys to be ready for the challenge.”

Both teams feature duel-threat quarterbacks.

Bethel’s Jesse Tucker threw for 231 yards and rushed for another 70. He managed three total touchdowns, one passing and two rushing.

McLoud’s Collin Gibson threw for 108 yards with one touchdown and added 154 yards with his legs and two scores.

McLoud’s two-headed running attack of Gibson and Clint Campbell will cause defensive coordinators many headaches in preparation. Campbell added 127 yards on 14 carries with two touchdowns.

Bethel’s backfield features a more balanced ground attack with three athletes getting at least five carries. Last week, Dez Loving punched in a late-game touchdown after running a cross-country race earlier that day. Loving ended with 20 yards on six attempts.

In last week’s win, John Gordon went for a game-high 159 yards and found the end zone on one occasion.

Campbell leads the Redskins in receiving yards. He recorded three receptions for 70 yards with a touchdown against U.S. Grant in week one. Wes Olds registered two passes for 20 yards.

In the previous four matchups, McLoud holds the advantage 3-1, while Bethel won the 2019 tilt 47-14.

2019: Bethel 47-14

2018: McLoud 28-26

2017: McLoud 45-6

2016: McLoud 42-12

In the 2019 contest, Drae Wood torched the Redskins to the tune of five receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown. Tucker took a 25-yard reception to the house.

McLoud was held to 219 yards in last year’s contest.

The Redskins will host senior night festivities at 6 p.m. with kickoff following at 7.