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South Glad to See Goins Gone.
J. C. Tilton

For the past several years the Bethel Bee's and their feature running back senior Derek Goins have had Twin Valley South's number. The elusive back has been the back bone of their running game. This game was no exception as Goins had a hand in every Bethel score - even on their lone TD pass, it was Goins who threw the completion. TVS fans will be glad to see Goins gone from the Bethel Bee lineup.

On their first drive, Goins broke loose from midfield and ran the ball about 45 yards to put Bethel up at the 11:09 mark. Chad Wentlender had a decent return on the ensuing kickoff, giving TVS a good starting field position close to midfield. But the first TVS drive stalled and they had to give up the ball on downs. Bethel did no better and punted away. This time the South drive ended with an interception. Bethel's drive started on their own 28, but with Goins doing most of the work, they finally drove to the Panther redzone where who else but Goins crossed the goal line, putting Bethel up 13-0 late in the first quarter.

TVS looked like they would answer when Scott Leedy caught back to back Anthony Armstrong passes for around 25 yards apiece to put South in prime field position. But the Bee defense adjusted by swarming the South quarterback - sacking him for a loss and putting South in a long yardage situation. They were stopped on downs and Bethel turned the situation around to drive back down field for another score going up 19-0. South would threaten again in the second quarter when Steve Bowman gave South good field position with a punt return to the Bethel 25. A Leedy catch put the ball on the Bethel 11. But an illegal procedure put South back 5 yards. Spencer Ervin caught a swing pass to put the ball back to the Bethel 3. But South's hard work was in vain as Bethel held on 4th and 1 at the goal to send South to the locker room empty handed at halftime.

The third quarter was scoreless, but the damage was done. Both teams would score in the 4th, with South's Spencer Ervin averting the shutdown with a score. To be successful the South team must finish their drives in the endzone. It seems like something always happens when they get inside the 20 to halt their drives. The final tally would be 34-6 Bethel. Life does not get any easier for South who must travel to Covington to meet a team looking to redeem itself after being beaten by Anna. Bethel will host National Trail.


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