It was a perfect night for football at Darling Stadium as the Bruins of Bethel faced off against the Bruins of Western Branch. The game had a playoff feel even though it was the first game for Western Branch and game two for Bethel High School. In the end, turnovers were the deciding factor. The win was ugly but Western Branch came out on top by one point.
The season hasn’t started yet and already four players from Western Branch High School have committed to play college football next season. Wide receiver T.J. Boothe and offensive guard Thomas Coleman will suit up for Hampton University next fall, while cornerback Daiquan Lawrence and running back Terrance Ricks are headed for the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The Western Branch Bruins took a break from their losing ways and with the help of first year coach Greg Gibson, made it to the playoffs and beat Bethel in the first round. The season that the Bruins had surprised many and shocked the Southeastern District. With this being said, the Bruins are going to be held to a higher standard this year. People know that Western Branch is going to be good and opponents will play them tougher than ever. The graduation of CJ Thomas has left an empty spot at quarterback and more importantly, the graduation of Southeastern District MVP Josh Marriner has left a huge hole to fill at running back. Bruins fans, do not fret. Coach Gibson has a plan.