Bombs Away! Bethel rolls past Denbigh 49-20

NEWPORT NEWS — It seemed highly unlikely that Bethel’s Frank Brown would beat Denbigh’s Denzel Wise to 1,000 passing yards. Wise, after all, entered the Peninsula District football matchup with 834 passing yards through three games to Brown’s 662.

But Brown went wild in Monday’s game, throwing for 355 yards and five touchdowns in the Bruins’ 49-20 victory at Todd Stadium. Brown now has 1,027 passing yards in four games, while Wise, who sat out the second half with an ankle injury, sits at 970 yards after throwing for 136 and a touchdown.

Bethel (4-0, 3-0 Peninsula District) won its fourth consecutive game to remain tied for first in the district with Phoebus. Interestingly, the Bruins used stifling defense against the Patriots (0-4, 0-3) to put the offense in position to build a big early lead.

Bethel’s first touchdown was set up by Rick Walker’s sack of Wise inside the 10, which, after a short punt, gave the Bruins possession at the Patriots’ 30. Three plays later, Chris Davis burst through a huge hole and ran 19 yards to give Bethel a 7-0 lead.

After holding Denbigh to a third three-and-out, and receiving another short punt, Bethel needed just one play to make it 14-0. The play was a screen from Brown to Willie Davis, who sprinted 54 yards down the left sideline for a touchdown.

Another three-and-out set the stage for the Bruins third touchdown in as many possessions. Brown capped the 68-yard drive with a 9-yard pass to Rashawn Proctor to make it 21-0.

The points came fast in the final two minutes of a first half that saw Brown and Denbigh’s Wise combine for 335 yards passing. Wise completed three passes good for 48 yards to lead Denbigh to its first touchdown: on his 2-yard run with 1 minute, 34 seconds left in the first half.

Bethel pushed its lead to 28-8 little more than a minute later on Brown’s 51-yard pass to Jerad Sharp. One play after the ensuing kickoff, Daquane Jones broke 65 yards with Wise’s screen pass for a score to make it 28-14 with 23.9 seconds to go in the half.

The Bruins continued to roll through the air after halftime, going 65 yards in three plays to make it 35-14. Brown’s 62-yard pass to Proctor set up his 7-yard scoring strike to Willie Davis on a post.

Brown completed all five of his passes in the third quarter, good for 156 yards. That included a 45-yard TD pass to Willie Davis (five catches, 169 yards) and a 34-yard pass to Sharp that put Brown over 1,000.


Bethel 14, 14, 21, 0 — 49
Denbigh 0, 14, 6, 0 — 20
Bet – C. Davis 19 run (Shover kick)
Bet – W. Davis 54 pass from Brown (Shover kick)
Bet – Proctor 9 pass from Brown (Shover kick)
Den – Wise 2 run (Green pass from Wise)
Bet – Sharp 51 pass from Brown (Shover kick)
Den – Jones 65 pass from Wise (pass failed)
Bet – W. Davis 7 pass from Brown (Shover kick)
Bet – C. Davis 10 run (Shover kick)
Den – Green 20 pass from Dingle (pass failed)
Bet – W. Davis 45 pass from Brown (Shover kick)

TEAM STATS    Bet,    Den
First downs    19,    13
Rushes-yards    18-68,    31-59
Passing yards    399,    225
Comp-Att-Int    15-27-0,    15-31-0
Punts-avg.    3-27,    6-29.3
Penalties-yards    14-115,    9-74
Fumbles-lost    1-0,   0-0

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