McKENZIE, Tenn. – Bethel University evened its record at 3-3 on the season with a 57-17 win over a banged up University of Pikeville team at Wildcat Field on Saturday afternoon.
Pikeville dropped its third straight game and will take a 3-4 record into its bye week.
Bethel scored the only points of the first quarter when junior tailback Travis Smith scored on a one-yard run to end an eight-play, 52-yard drive. The extra-point hit the goal post and bounced off, keeping it 6-0 Wildcats with 2:47 to play.
The Wildcats got a pair of touchdown runs by freshman Raquis Hale, the first from 29 and the second from 47, in the second period. Pikeville’s only points came on a 23-yard field goal by sophomore Grayson Quick with 5:56 to play in the half.
The points were the only ones of the half for the Bears, who trailed 20-3 at the break.
Bethel scored 16 unanswered points in the third period. It began when backup quarterback B.J. Robertson hit junior Travonta Thomas from 31 yards for a score. Tailback Cordarius Mann was next, scoring from four yards out. This time Phillips missed the extra-point, but hit a 19-yard field goal before the period ended to make it 36-3 after three periods.
Robertson continued to add points for the Wildcats, hitting sophomore Cole Delano early in the fourth period for a 35-yard score to make it 43-3. That would be the first of five touchdowns in the final period of play.
Pikeville scored on an 11-yard pass from sophomore Reese Browning to junior Jeremy Hill with 9:36 left. It was the first touchdown pass in Browning’s career as he came on in relief of senior Trevor Hoskins.
After Mann scored from 20 yards out, Pikeville answered when sophomore Seth Miller danced down the left sideline for a 30-yard score with 1:34 left to make it 50-17.
Bethel wasn’t content to run the clock out, however, handing the ball to Mann who went 47 yards for the final touchdown of the game.
Millar had his second 100-yard rushing game this season, gaining 108 yards on 16 carries. The quarterback combination of Hoskins and Browning went 21-of-47 for 200 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Browning was 10-of-14 in the fourth quarter for 119 and the touchdown.
Hill led the receiving corps with seven catches for 70 yards.
Bethel had 351 yards on the ground, led by Hale’s 174 on 23 carries and two scores. The quarterbacks were 22-of-39 for 301 yards, with Robertson going 13-of-26 for 235 and two scores in relief of injured starter Will Masoud.
Junior Jahron Reynolds led the receivers with seven catches for 86 yards. He also had 112 yards on five punt returns and 89 yards on a pair of kickoff returns.
Sophomore John Dudley Hilton was the leading tackler in the game with nine, including eight solos. Freshman Matthew Robinson followed with seven solos.
Sophomores Anthony Debonis and Tyler Murray each had six tackles for Bethel, with both recording three solos and three assists.
Pikeville will be back in action on Oct. 20, hosting No. 2 Georgetown College at 1:30 p.m. at Hambley Athletics Complex.