Bison Look to Finish Season Strong Against St. Vincent

BY: DANIEL SEAMAN

 

BETHANY,W.Va – The Bethany Bison are currently 6-3 this season with a 5-2 record in the Presidents Athletic Conference. They will look to end the season on a high note against St. Vincent. The game against St. Vincent College will be played on November 15, 2014 and this is the last home game of the season for the Bison. The kickoff is scheduled for a 1:00 p.m. start.

The Bison’s last game was against Grove City College, which was followed by teams only bye week of the season. In the game, the Bison were trailing until a late resurgence that would snap a two game losing streak, and put the team in contention for a bowl game appearance.

In the game against Grove City, the Bison offense looked explosive, primarily in the second half. Brian Vales played well this game; he was a major reason why the Bison were able to run away with this game. Vales ended the game completing sixteen of twenty-three passes for 172 yards. More importantly, he finished with two touchdowns and zero interceptions. The major reason why Vales played mistake free football was because of his offensive line. The line played great in the game and only allowed two sacks against a Grove City defense that was looking to put pressure on Vales.

Quarterback, Gabe Greco on the other hand struggled for Grove City. He was seven of thirteen passing for sixty-four yards. He was sacked four times and threw an interception.

The offensive battle during this game for both teams came from the respective running attack. Brandon Hill continued to play very well with eighteen carries for sixty-one yards and a touchdown. Grove City’s running back, Joe Swanson also had a good outing. He finished with sixteen carries for fifty-seven yards and a touchdown. He finished with a 3.5 yards per carry average in the game. You could tell early on that the game plan for Grove City was to give the ball to Swanson.

The receiving game for Bethany was once again lead by Eric Blinn. He finished with ten catches for 155 yards and a touchdown. He was the major focus of the passing attack and was the only receiver to have five or more catches in the game. The passing attack of Grove City struggled as their leading receiver, Josh Peach, finished with four catches for forty-eight yards and zero touchdowns. For the most part in this game the only player having success in the passing game was Eric Blinn.

Defensively, Donovan Hayden continued his stellar play this season. He finished the game by leading the Bison with thirteen tackles. He also had two tackles for a loss and had two sacks on the game. Behind him was Larry Kpadehyea who finished with nine tackles, and two tackles for a loss. Larry also forced a fumble and recorded a sack. It was simple to tell who the best player for Grove City was on this day. Josh Skyrm finished with eight tackles and 2.5 tackles for a loss. He also recorded one forced fumble and two sacks on the day as well.

Overall, the defenses played great in this game, until the second half. This is when Bethany would go on a scoring rampage. If the Bison expect to beat St. Vincent this Saturday the offense and defense will need to be more productive on their final game of the season.

This Saturday’s game the Bison will face St. Vincent. This season St. Vincent is currently 3-6 overall in the Presidents Athletic Conference. The Bearcats offense is currently led by running back, Shavonta Craft. This season he has 159 touches for 748 yards and seven touchdowns. More importantly, this work horse running back is averaging 4.3 yards per run. A very good per carry average this late in the season. Passing wise, though the Bearcats struggle greatly, quarterback, Andy Borgen is having a bad year. He has completed 60 of his 160 passes for 1,081 yards on the season. He has thrown four touchdowns on the year but to add to that he has also thrown six interceptions. Receiving wise, they are struggling due to the lack of consistent quarterback play. Wide receiver DJ Oceant-Kelly is leading the team with fifty catches. He also has 252 receiving yards on the year and a touchdown. He has been the consistent pass catcher for the Bearcats this season.

The defense is led by a duo of players, Matt McCarthy and Nick Revis, which are both playing great this year. They are tied in tackles with sixty on the year. Both have over two tackles for a loss on the season. And both have over two sacks on the year as well. McCarthy has also proved to be effective in pass coverage as well; He has recorded a forced fumble and an interception on the year for the Bearcats.

 

 

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