PHOTO GALLERY: Bethel Wildcats stumble in district opener vs. Christian Heritage


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By Adam Ewing |

BETHEL ACRES – The Bethel Wildcats trailed 17-7 heading into the fourth quarter and rallied back to make it a five-point game, with 4:06, left on a Jesse Tucker 39-yard scramble.

Bethel had possession as time expired, but were unable to find the end zone, dropping their first district game to Christian Heritage 25-20.

Bethel’s first play from scrimmage resulted in a Tucker interception. The senior quarterback ended up with three on the evening.

The Crusaders struck first at the 10:23 mark of the first quarter when Kye Davis found Nate Nuthman running by two Wildcat defenders for a quick lead. After the extra point, Christian Heritage led 7-0.

Bethel kept pace through the first, when Drae Wood took a Tucker screen pass to the house. Gabriel Polamares booted the extra point through, and the Wildcats tied the game at 7-7 with 2:02 remaining in the first.

At halftime, the Crusaders held a 9-7 lead.

Christian Heritage extended the lead when Nuthman and Nate Jines hooked up for Nuthman’s second passing touchdown of the evening. Nuthman added the two-point conversion and the Crusaders led 17-7 with 11:28 left in the fourth quarter.

The Crusaders brought the lead to 25-7 before the Wildcats fought back.

Tucker and the team’s leading receiver, John Gordon, gave the team life with 4:47 left in the fourth quarter. The conversion failed and Bethel trailed 25-13.

Tucker’s fourth quarter touchdown came with 4:06 remaining.

Bethel (3-1, 0-1) travels to 4-0 Washington Oct. 2. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.