Bethel Park's productive 2nd quarter leads to 38-0 win over Plum
Bethel Park and Plum played to a scoreless tie through one quarter of their season-opening Quad Central game Friday night at Bethel Park Stadium.
But the Black Hawks tallied 24 points in the second quarter to take a 24-0 lead at the break. In the end, sixth-ranked Bethel Park upended the Mustangs, 38-0.
First-year Plum coach Matt Morgan said he saw the good and not so good of a first game under the lights.
“There were some positives tonight,” he said.
“We beat ourselves, though. We gave away 24 points on turnovers. You can't give the ball up to a good team in the red zone and expect to win.”
The Plum defense forced a pair of Bethel Park three-and-outs to start the game. However, the Black Hawks broke through on their third drive as they moved 86 yards on 13 plays.
Bethel Park sophomore quarterback Levi Metheny capped the drive with a 10-yard run early in the second quarter. The point-after kick made it 7-0. A bad snap on a punt on Plum's possession after the Black Hawks' score put Bethel Park in business at the Mustangs' 1.
On the first play, tailback Zach Enick plunged into the end zone for the score. The extra point put the Black Hawks ahead, 14-0.
Bethel Park's defense rose up and forced a fumble on Plum's next possession, but the Mustangs returned the favor and held the Black Hawks on downs at Plum's 26. However, the Mustangs were not able to move the ball offensively and had to punt.
Bethel Park then put together an 11-play, 82-yard drive that ended with a Metheny 1-yard scoring run with 16 seconds to go in the first half.
The Black Hawks recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff and turned it into three points. Danny Christenson booted a 27-yard field goal.
“I thought we were slow out of the box on offense,” Bethel Park coach Jeff Metheny said. “Plum's defense did a really nice job against us. Our defense played well, and that is something we we've been concerned with.”
Quarterback Will Fuhrer completed 3 of 7 passes for 32 yards in the first half and finished 7 of 16 for 72 yards. He was sacked four times, and Plum turned the ball over five times. Metheny carried 10 times for 59 yards and scored on runs of 10, 1 and 1 yards. He completed 8 of 16 passes for 73 yards.
“We could've wrapped up and tackled a little better, but I think we played pretty good defense,” Morgan said. “Offensively, it comes down to pure execution. We just weren't executing.”
Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.