The Bison Shift Attention to Case Western after Prevailing Against Waynesburg



BETHANY, W.Va – The Bethany Bison, who are 3-1 this season, look to win their fourth consecutive game of the season when the team takes on Case Western Reserve University. This past Saturday, the Bison defeated Waynesburg University 33-27 during their only home night game of the season.

The Bison came into the game on a high note. They beat Westminster in overtime 21-14. The Bison defense has been playing phenomenal through the first four games of the season. The defense is led by junior defensive end Nadim Raddar. Raddar is leading the team in sacks with seven on the year. He is also leading the team in tackles for a loss with ten. 

Offensively the team is led by Junior wide receiver Eric Blinn. Blinn is off to a phenomenal, record setting season. Up to this point in the season he has thirty-six catches for 391 yards and three touchdowns. Also leading the offense is sophomore quarterback Brian Vales. He has showed poise in the pocket with his intelligent decision making abilities when under pressure. The best part of Vales game is his mental approach during practice because he has thrown only one interception on the year and you can tell his focus is on maintaining ball security Up to this point in the season he has thrown for 753 yards and six touchdowns. He is also an efficient passer with a completion percentage over 70 percent. Bethany entered the Waynesburg game as winners of back-to-back games.          

Waynesburg entered this game the same as Bethany, they were on a three game win streak. The series is lead by Waynesburg. They held a 26-17-6 record over the Bison. But the last six games have resulted in a 3-3 tie so far.

Once kick-off happened the entire atmosphere of the game changed. Many fans were expecting a quarterback battle between Vales and Hill but sadly this wasn’t the case. Under the lights two complementary running backs were having big games. The Bison’s senior running back Brandon Hill had a career day by rushing twenty-eight times for 148 yards and two touchdowns. The Yellow Jacket’s senior running back Jake Forsythe racked up his third consecutive game of 100 plus yards rushing. He finished the game with four carries for 183 yards and two touchdowns. He almost accounted for almost all of Waynesburg’s 200 yards rushing. The running backs were playing exceptionally well for both offenses, which allowed the quarterbacks to manage the game and time of possession. However, the Yellow Jackets quarterback Carter Hill played mediocre. He threw for 235 yards and two touchdowns in the loss to Bethany. Brian Vales played great again for the third consecutive week. Vales had sixty rushing yards to compliment 264 yards passing and two touchdowns.

Bethany wide receiver Eric Blinn had a phenomenal game recording twelve catches for 145 yards and a touchdown. Blinn’s stellar performance against Waynesburg allowed him to become the career record holder for receptions at Bethany College. He surpassed Matt Cruse’s record of 177 that he set in 2009. Entering this season, Blinn needed just twenty-four catches to break Cruse’s record.

During the Pink Out game, the last drive for Waynesburg was a pivotal one as they entered Bethany territory looking to pull off a last second victory. The Yellow Jackets were positioned with a first and goal situation at the ten-yard line, but the Bison defense would prevail. The defense stood strong forcing two incomplete passes which set up a third and goal with .9 seconds remaining in the game. Hill dropped back to pass and forced the ball into the end zone. Instead of scoring a touchdown, the pass was intercepted by junior linebacker Larry Kpadehyea to seal the Bison victory after a very close game.

Next week the Bethany Bison will be on the road again for another night game. They will travel to Cleveland, OH to take on new PAC conference opponent, Case Western Reserve University. They will have to deal with the linebacker duo of KJ Pederson and Everett Dishong. The duo has played great together this season. They have combined for 44 tackles and 17.3 tackles for a loss. The duo has also combined to have five of case western’s seven sacks on the year.

Offensively, Case Western is led by quarterback Billy Beecher. Beecher is in his senior year and has compiled impressive stats in the first three games of the 2014 season. He has thrown for 618 yards on the year and six touchdowns. But unlike Vales, Beecher has a tendency to force the ball. He has thrown four interceptions on the year. With the tendency to force passes it has caused Beecher to be ineffective at times resulting in a 61.4 completion percentage on the year. This game is scheduled for a 6:00 p.m. kickoff on Saturday night. 


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