Bison Look for Homecoming Win against Carnegie Mellon

BY: DANIEL SEAMAN

 

BETHANY,W.Va—The Bethany Bison are 4-1 this season, and look to win their fifth consecutive game of the season against Carnegie Mellon during Bethany’s homecoming game this Saturday at 2 p.m. Last Saturday the Bison defeated Case Western Reserve University 25-14.

Offensively the team was led by a group of players. The Bison offense outgained the Spartans 400-249 in total offensive yards. But statically the team was led by junior wide receiver, Eric Blinn. Blinn caught fifteen passes for 145 yards and one touchdown. On the ground the Bison were led by senior running back, Brandon Hill. Hill had another solid game rushing eighteen times for eighty-seven yards. More importantly Hill was a key contributor for the Bison scoring two touchdowns.

Sophomore running back, Jalen Holmes also contributed to the running attack. He had seventy yards during the game. He also had a touchdown that sealed the win for the Bison. On the final play of the game Holmes faced a fourth and eight situation on the nine-yard line. Holmes took the handoff and broke a tackle in the backfield before finishing off a powerful run that would give the Bison a 25-14 that sealed the game.

The defense of the Bison dominated the game from start to finish. The defense held Case Western to just forty-one yards rushing. This was the least amount of yards given up by the Bison defense since November 19, 2011, when Kings College accumulated only thirty-eight yards. Overall, the Bison defense played great racking up twelve tackles for loss and five sacks on the day. This marked the third time this year the Bison defense was able to tally twelve or more tackles for loss this season. The five sacks the Bison defense recorded are tied for the all-time season high this year.

The best defensive player for the Bison was once again Nadim Raddar the junior defensive end. He totaled ten tackles, three tackles for a loss and one and a half sacks on the day. He was also able to record a fumble recovery. Raddar earned PAC defensive player of the week for his performance against Case Western. It was announced today that Nadim Raddar was named the Corvias Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Southwest Regional Co-defensive player of the week. Up to this point in the year he has thirteen tackles for a loss and eight and a half sacks. Both of these statistics lead the PAC conference. Junior defensive tackle, Eric Campbell also had a dominant day. He recorded eight tackles in the game with three tackles for a loss. He also recorded a sack and forced the fumble that Nadim Raddar recovered.

Case Western was lead offensively by quarterback Billy Beecher. He completed sixteen of thirty-three passes for 208 yards. He also threw for two touchdowns. With the Bison playing tough defense, Case Western needed to relay on its quarterback. Its running game fell apart as Anthony Bianco only rushed for sixteen yards on nine attempts. Receiving wise the Spartans were lead by Brandon Lynch. He hauled in seven catches for eighty yards and scored both of Beecher’s two touchdown passes.

Entering the homecoming game, the Bison defense needs to focus on the quarterback of Carnegie Mellon. Junior quarterback, Andrew Hearon is having a good year. He has thrown for 456 yards on the year. More importantly he has thrown six touchdowns. Hearon, like Brian Vales, is a duel threat quarterback. He is second on the team in rushing with forty-nine yards and one touchdown on the year.

Defensively, Carnegie Mellon is led by junior linebacker, Nico Comsa. Cosma has thirty-four tackles on year with eight and a half tackles for a loss. He also has recorded a forced fumble. Comsa’s best ability is defending the pass. He has two pass deflections and two interceptions on the year.

 

 

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