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Dominique Gaston ran for two touchdowns and a two-point conversion and quarterback Tyler Pinney threw a touchdown pass to highlight the offense.
Head coach Josh Akers praised his defense as well, saying, “I was extremely proud of how physical our defense played. Coach (Colton) Bond did a great job getting those guys ready to play. We didn’t shy away from contact and played physical gap-sound defense.”
The Hornets cut into the Skyhawks lead with Xalen Currenton’s 23-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. A two-point conversion attempt, however, failed to tie it.
The Bethel defense forced Pinnacle View to turn the ball over on downs, setting up Gatson’s first scoring run, a 6-yard burst, giving the Hornets a 12-6 lead. Again, the conversion try went awry.
The Hornets recovered an onside kick and right way, they scored again. Pinney connected with Joshua Luster for a 50-yard touchdown pass. Gatson ran in the conversion and the final score was on the board.
“I was very proud of our running backs, quarterback and wideouts,” Akers said.“They did an outstanding job on offense. None of our success would have happened without the blocking from our o-line. Those guys were relentless tonight.
“I’m super proud of these guys and the way they have bought into our system and worked throughout the off-season,” the coach concluded. “It is a much more improved team than a year ago. These guys deserve the type of night they had.”
The Hornets return to action on Thursday, Sept. 6, when they host Cabot North prior to the freshman opener.
“We have to go back to work tomorrow and get ready for Cabot,” Akers said. “It doesn’t get any easier for us from here.”
This Thursday, the eighth grade B teams from Bethel and Bryant will tangle at Bryant Stadium right after the seventh grade teams from both schools play at 5 p.m.