Bethel improves resume with 41-18 win over Heritage

Tailback Jihad Hudson rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns. That helped offset the Hurricanes' Khalid Abdullah, who finished with 186 yards and three scores.

NEWPORT NEWS — Maybe Bethel coach Bubba Hooker was playing games. Then again, knowing how tunnel-visioned coaches can be, maybe he wasn't.

But following his team's 41-18 win over Heritage Saturday afternoon, when Hooker was asked how stacked the Eastern Region is in Division 6, his face showed a blank.

"Are we in D-6?" he asked. "I don't pay any attention to that."

Right … coaches go one week at a time, etc. And following last week's two-point loss to Phoebus, the Bruins (4-2, 4-1 Peninsula District) regrouped and picked up a win that should give their postseason hopes a boost.

Tailback Jihad Hudson rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns. That helped offset the Hurricanes' Khalid Abdullah, who finished with 186 yards and three scores.

Heritage (3-3, 2-3) ended up with the advantage in total yards (274-206), but Bethel had a huge friend in field position. The Bruins' average drive started at the Hurricane 44-yard line. Three of their touchdown drives began inside the Heritage 23.

Bethel began the game in an opportunistic mood, and Heritage was eager to help. Marcus Van Hook fumbled the opening kickoff, and Bethel's Torrance Douglas recovered at the Hurricane 18-yard line.

Five plays later, quarterback Trey Jackson sneaked in from the 1 on third-and-goal to make it 7-0 less than three minutes in.

"That's real big, getting a turnover on the first play of the game," Bruins two-way lineman Ricky Walker said. "We punched it in and got a big momentum shift."

Later in the first, Heritage was pinned deep in its territory after Walker sacked quarterback Richard Outlaw at the 7-yard line. Kevin Johnson shanked his punt, and the Bruins took over at the Heritage 22.

Hudson scored on a 10-yard run on the first play of the second quarter to make it 14-0.

Heritage was fighting uphill the rest of the night. The Canes managed to cut the lead to 28-18 on Abdullah's second touchdown with 11:09 remaining, but Bethel closed it out with two TDs in the final five minutes.

Abdullah was his usual hard-working self with 102 of his yards coming in the third quarter.

"It's good we got ahead so they couldn't keep grinding it out," Hooker said. "Though he still got huge hunks of yardage."

Hudson, all 5-foot-6 and 145 pounds of him, did the same.

"He's very small, but he's got a big heart," Hooker said. "The kids like blocking for him, because they know he'll give an effort and keep those legs moving."




First quarter

Bet—Jackson 1 run (Shover kick), 9:22.

Second quarter

Bet—Hudson 8 run (Shover kick), 11:54.

Her—Harrison 5 pass from Outlaw (run failed), 6:00.

Bet—Hudson 20 run (Shover kick), 2:37.

Third quarter

Bet—Paxton 11 pass from Jackson (Shover kick), 8:06.

Her—Abdullah 3 run (kick blocked), 7:28.

Fourth quarter

Her—Abdullah 5 run (run failed), 11:09.

Bet—Dinkins 3 run (kick failed), 5:01.

Bet—Pretlow 30 fumble recovery return (Shover kick), 2:50.


First downs;13;17


Passing yards;39;92





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