Week 9 of the regular season might feel like a long time ago now, but for Bethany players, it will be fresh in their minds all week.
In Week 9, the Bronchos lost 14-7 to Heritage Hall with District 3A-3 title hopes on the line. Now, the two teams meet with even higher stakes â€” a berth in the state championship game.
The Bronchos know what they must do this week, and a big part of that is stopping Sterling Shepard, who scored both Charger TDs in the previous meeting.
â€œIt's the same challenge as before,â€ Bethany coach Reagan Roof said. â€œShepard is on another level, and he's a big key to what they're doing.â€
Roof says there are advantages and disadvantages to playing a team again so soon.
â€œBut it's the same for them,â€ he said. â€œWhen you get this far, you feel fortunate to still be in it, so you really don't care who you play.â€
MILLWOOD DEFENSE READY FOR ANOTHER TEST
The Millwood defense was able to corral another opponent Friday night, limiting Stroud's potent run game in a 32-7 win. And though it might seem next week's semifinal opponent, Hennessey, relies more on defense, the Eagles are strong offensively as well.
Hennessey scored 49 points in a rout of Commerce on Friday, the Eagles' seventh game of 40 pints or more this season.
Quarterback Trey Leu is an adequate passer, but the run game powered by Levi Hill and Ivan Moreno is averaging nearly 270 yards per game. That will be another good test for Millwood's front eight in their 4-4 defensive scheme.
â€œOur four down linemen and four â€˜backers are really coming together,â€ said Millwood senior Larry Seals, the team's leading tackler at middle linebacker. â€œThe defense has been going hard every game. We like going against good competition.