Bethany Bison Snap 30-Year Losing Streak with Win over W&J

BY: DYLAN BLASCHAK & CIARA CLEMENTS

TOWER Co-Editor & Editor

 

October 5, 2013 was the biggest game of the season for the Bethany Bison. Amongst the rest of the PAC Conference, this game was on everyone’s radar. Coming into the fifth game of the season the Bison played against opponent W&J, known as the powerhouse of the conference. Both teams are filled with plenty of talent on both sides of the ball. This game was possibly one of the most exciting games to watch on Saturday night in person and as it was broadcasted live on Bethany’s athletic page.

The Bison, who were coming off a victory against Grove City the week prior, had all cylinders firing as they scored all of the points in the first half. The Bethany Bison took on the Washington & Jefferson Presidents at Bison Stadium for the 90th time, snapping a 30 game losing streak against the Presidents. The last time the Bison beat the Presidents was in 1982 and lost last fall by just two points.

The Presidents would not let the Bison roll over them that easily, as the Presidents rallied to score all 19 points in the second half. Both teams played a tremendous game, however the Bethany College Bison were victorious 24-19, improving their record to 2-3 overall and 2-1 in the PAC.

It is no easy feat to erase such a significant streak, but the Bison have certainly showed a newly found sense of direction under head coach Bill Garvey, who needless to say was ecstatic after his team’s victory.  However, the season is still under way, with many tough games in front of them. With two consecutive victories, the Bison have momentum on their side, and must maintain this momentum as the season progresses. The Bison travel to Waynesburg University on Saturday, Oct. 19 with hopes of earning their third consecutive victory, and their third PAC victory.

 

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