Pauls Valley Democrat
Neither team got off to the start they had wanted to in week one but both will have a chance to get in the win column this week as the Pauls Valley Panthers travel to Northwest Oklahoma City to face the Bethany Bronchos.
Bethany ran into a buzz saw in the No. 1 ranked Blanchard Lions last week losing 46-14. Pauls Valley had some early turnovers that cost them in a 42-10 loss to Newcastle.
The Bronchos scored first in their opener against Blanchard but the Lions then ran off 46 straight points in the blowout.
“They took the opening kickoff against the defending state champ and put it too them,” Pauls Valley head coach Bill Green said. “They drove down the field and scored and I think it woke Blanchard up.”
Bethany will use multiple formations in their no-huddle; spread you out offense led by junior quarterback Kyle Duke.
“They have a very sound running game,” Green said. “They run a lot of zone read similar to what you see in the NFL and in a lot of colleges.”
Duke and the Bronchos rushed for 167 yards last week against Blanchard on 39 carries. They put the ball in the air 24 times for only 40 yards on 9 completions.
Duke had 17 carries for 54 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore quarterback Bryton Schmitt had 8 carries for 55 yards and a touchdown in the second half to lead the offense.
Senior Dorien Jackson had five carries out of the back field for 24 yards.
Dalton Stout is Duke’s favorite receiver. The senior had 6 catches against Blanchard for 32 yards.
A senior dominated line helps protect Duke and open holes for the Broncho backs. Senior Blake Kalman (6-4, 295) anchors the line.
“They are going to be a ball control grind it out team,” Green said. “We are really going to have to step up our defense and play good run defense against these guys.”
Bethany will line up in a 4-3 and a 4-2-5 look defensively.
The potent Blanchard offense rushed for 374 yards against the Bethany defense last week and finished with 419 total yards.
Blaine Coffee and Blake Kalman anchor the Bethany defense in the trenches. The two combined for 11 tackles last week on the left side of the defense.
Linebacker Brady Van Zant led the team with 7 tackles and Jonathan Stewart also had 7 tackles in a back up role.
The Bethany secondary is solid behind senior safety Michael Ross and junior Cody Seeds.