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Bethany trounces Washington in Children's Center Bowl

BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer, Modified: September 16, 2011 at 11:42 pm •  Published: September 16, 2011

“Ryley is special, and he's playing well,” Roof said. “But our guys out there running and catching the ball are playing well. We're pretty deep at receiver. They're catching the ball and making plays. Our offensive line is protecting Ryley.

“Offensively, we're playing well in every phase.”

Big plays were the Bronchos' specialty on Friday. Claborn threw touchdown passes of 48, 37 and 32 yards on three consecutive passing attempts, and Diffee had five catches for 150 yards, all in the first half.

In the second half, the run game took over, with Brett Gilstrap scoring on a 39-yard run and Collin Coffee going 69 for a TD.

After reaching the semifinals last year, Bethany has its sights set even higher this season. And though they play in arguably the most competitive district in the state, the Bronchos know they can't start looking ahead to opponents such as Kingfisher or Heritage Hall, because every game is valuable in pursuit of a home playoff berth.

“We've got to take care of John Marshall next week and move on from there,” Gilstrap said. “Home field is always important, especially here. We have a good crowd here. That would be great if we could get a playoff game here.”