Bethany, OK - The Bethany Bronchos (4A-#8) and the Blanchard Lions (4A-#3) moved their game up a day due to the impending severe weather and flash flooding that was set to hit central Oklahoma on Friday. This change did not damper the spirits of either team coming into this huge early season district matchup between two top 10 teams. The Bronchos, who fell behind early in the contest, took control in the second half and were able to put the Lions away 24-13. Another part of this night was the festivities of the 9th Annual Children's Center Bowl. All in all over $13,000 was raised as of game time to benefit The Children's Center Rehabilitation Hospital as fundraising efforts went on throughout the week at both Bethany and Blanchard. That total is also expected to rise as more funds are still expected with the game getting moved up by a day.
Coming off of their close victory over Kingfisher (3A-#2) a week ago on the road the Bronchos were ready to be back home, but they knew a matchup with another top five team in the Blanchard Lions, would be a tall test. The Bronchos passed the test and upset the Lions in dramatic fashion. After falling behind early in the game 7-0 on a 37 yard run by Blanchard's Cole Smith the Bethany defense would stiffen and allow only two first downs the rest of the game. As the second quarter got rolling the Broncho offense also got rolling and went on a methodical 65 yard drive in 13 plays which was capped by a 13 yard touchdown run by Sam Brandt. After Jackson Howard's PAT the game was tied at seven and would stay that way until halftime.
After the break the 3rd quarter completely belonged to the Bronchos as they scored twice to build the lead all the way to 21-7. With the Blanchard defense stacking the box both of these touchdowns came on the arm of quarterback Sam Brandt and his talented and deep group of receivers. The first strike thrown by Brandt was a 39 yard touchdown to Ben Lawson to give Bethany their first lead of the night. On the ensuing Broncho possession Bethany would move the ball 63 yards in six plays and score on a 32 yard pass from Brandt to Jordan Flinton to give the Bronchos a two score lead.
The Bronchos' defense continued to play stout, but early in the fourth quarter Blanchard Wide Receiver Jamie Nance, a University of Nebraska Football Signee, got loose on his one and only big play of the night, a 40 yard run out of the Lions' wildcat formation.This pulled the score to 21-13 after a missed PAT. But the Bethany offense would continue to click and answer with an 11 play, 59 yard drive that ended with a 20 yard Jackson Howard field goal to give the Bronchos a 24-13 lead with just over four minutes remaining. The Broncho defense would continue to play well and give Blanchard no yards on their final comeback attempt.
Bethany moves to 1-0 in District 4A-2 play and will go on the road to Harrah next week. Blanchard drops their first district game to fall to 0-1 and will host McLoud next week.
The OSSAA has just announced the 2018 Volleyball Regional Tournament sites and Bethany will be hosting one of eight regional volleyball championships in Class 4A. The tournament will take place on Thursday, September 27 with the winner of the four team bracket advancing to the State Championships the following week. The Bronchos are the #1 seed in the tournament as they come in with a 19-2 record and are currently the #4 ranked team in Class 4A. The #2 seed, Newcastle, is currently ranked #12 in Class 4A and have a record of 12-12 on the year. Classen SAS (4A-#19) comes in as the #3 seed with their record of 12-9 on the year, while Elgin is the #4 seed with a record of 2-12. Bethany will take on Elgin in the opening match. A full bracket will be posted here once all of the details have been finalized.
The Bethany Athletic Department announced today that this Friday's home varsity football game that matches Bethany (4A-#8) up with Blanchard (4A-#3) will be moved up a day to Thursday, September 20. Also, the start time has been adjusted to 7:45 PM since the Bethany School District already had Parent/Teacher Conferences already set up for that evening. This game also marks the 10th anniversary of The Children's Center Bowl being played each year with funds being raised to support The Children's Center Rehabilitation Hospital. Come out and support the Bronchos for Thursday Night Lights!
Kingfisher, OK - Bethany (4A-#8) traveled to Kingfisher (3A-#2) last Friday night and left town with a 38-35 victory after a walk off field goal by the Bronchos' Jackson Howard. On a night when a lot went wrong for Bethany what showed was a tremendous amount of fight and the ability to overcome adversity which will hopefully prepare the Bronchos for a tough schedule over the next few weeks as they face Blanchard (4A-#3) and Tuttle (4A-#5).
Early in this contest Kingfisher grabbed the momentum on a Bethany interception that Cole Crosswhite returned to give Kingfisher a 6-0 lead early in the game. Bethany answered though on a 60 yard touchdown run by Sam Brandt which was his first of three rushing touchdowns on the night for Brandt. On the ensuing possession we saw the first of three big plays by the Kingfisher offense on the night that led to long touchdowns on a 62 yard pass from Caden Stevenson to Zach Goodwin. The Broncho defense was the one unit that certainly had some adversity on the night giving up three long plays for touchdowns on some uncharacteristic errors. Those three plays alone accounted for 195 of the 325 yards that the Broncho defense allowed.
Despite the big play problems from Bethany's defense the Broncho offense had a big night the rest of the way. Quarterback Sam Brandt ended up with two more touchdown runs on the night as he had 163 rushing yards on 17 carries while throwing for 230 yards and a touchdown as well. Running Back Jacob Kyle also had a great night with 116 yards and a touchdown on just 16 carries. The Bronchos overcame more adversity later in the game as they did throw a second interception and had to overcome a huge deficit in penalty yardage with 13 penalties for 120 yards to just five penalties for 40 yards for Kingfisher. The Bronchos then muffed a pun deep in Kingfisher territory at the beginning of the fourth quarter which allowed Crosswhite to score on a six yard run to take a 35-28 lead.
After that final Kingfisher touchdown Bethany's resiliency showed even more than it had the rest of the night. Brandt led the Bronchos down the field on an 80 yard touchdown drive which was capped by his own eight yard run and Howard's extra point tied the game at 35. The Broncho defense then stepped up and got a huge three and out with just under one minute remaining which gave Bethany the chance to move the ball into field goal range. Broncho receiver, Skylar Holzhauser, who had seven catches for 85 yards on the night had two big catches on this final drive to get the Bronchos set up for the game winning field goal that Jackson Howard knocked through from 36 yards out as time expired.
This win for Bethany over the 2nd ranked team in Class 3A was the first time Bethany has won a game in Kingfisher since 1968. The Bronchos return home on September 21 to face Blanchard who is currently the #3 ranked team in Class 4A and a defending state semi-finalist.
Bethany, OK - It was opening night last Friday in Bethany and the Bronchos (4A-#8) did not disappoint as they rolled to a 40-6 victory over Chisholm (2A). The Longhorns have had a lot of success with 10 win seasons each of the last five years including two trips to the state semi-finals, but they have a young squad this year and move to 0-3 on the season with the loss. The Bronchos move to 2-0 with the victory after their season opening victory over Elk City (4A).
As they did against Elk City, Bethany started fast against the Longhorns scoring 27 points in the first quarter while holding Chisholm to no first downs. Ben Lawson took the opening kickoffs all the way down to the Chisholm 28 yard line before quarterback Sam Brandt got lose on the second play from scrimmage for a 28 yard touchdown run. On the very next possession Brandt connected with wide receiver Jackson Howard on a 43 yard touchdown pass to make the Broncho lead 14-0. It was then the Bethany running back, Jacob Kyle, who took over the second half of the quarter as he scored on touchdown runs from 31 yards and 24 yards out, respectively. While the offensive explosion was taking place the Bethany defense was racking up three & outs against the Chisholm offense, who was without it's starting quarterback due to injury. The Broncho defense allowed just under 50 yards on the game with the varsity exited the game late in the third quarter.
Sam Brandt's night finished in the 3rd quarter after he threw a second touchdown pass to Lawson Stout on a 19 yard connection to give Bethany a 34-0 lead. Early in the fourth quarter Bethany tacked on a Nate Jones touchdown run from eight yards out to take a 40-0 lead. Chisholm did get on the board with three minutes left in the contest on a 32 yard run by Lane Smith which made the final score 40-6. Bethany travels to take on Kingfisher (3A-#5) on September 14 at 7:30 PM while Chisholm has the week off before traveling to Perry on September 21.
Bethany Athletics is excited to announce it's newest partnership with Crossover Radio. Crossover Radio is based in Bethany, OK and has programming 24/7 at www.crossoverradio.org. Listeners can also catch Crossover Radio on their app or on their Facebook Page. The coverage of Bethany Athletics will include a live radio broadcast of athletic events beginning this fall with all varsity football games and continuing with other events throughout the year. In addition to live events we will also be premiering a weekly Bethany Bronchos Coaches Show that will be a live video broadcast that will air online, on the app, and on Facebook Live. The exact day and time of the coaches show will be announced in the coming weeks. Bethany Athletics is excited about this new partnership with Crossover Radio and the great opportunities it will create for our athletic programs and for our athletes. Watch the Bethany Bronchos Athletics account on Facebook and Twitter for more information.
Bethany Athletics is pleased to announce our app is now live and available for download by any Apple iPhone or Android user by going to your App Store. Search "Bethany Athletics" in the app store or click the links below . Once you have the app click "Settings" at the bottom to manage your notification options. You are free to turn on or off any of the different push notifications you will get by sport. You'll also have access to recent game results, a calendar of all events, and convenient links to purchase online tickets and visit our Twitter account. Make sure and share the app with all of the Bethany Broncho fans that you know.