October 13, 2012

Late Field Goal Sinks Bison in 23-21 loss to Waynesburg

More news about: Bethany

The Bethany College football team led undefeated Waynesburg until the very end when a 26-yard field with 16 seconds to play lifted the Yellow Jackets to a 23-21 triumph over the Bison Saturday afternoon at Bison Stadium.

The two-point loss, which dropped Bethany to 1-5 overall and 1-3 in the PAC, means BC has dropped its three conference games by a combined eight points. Waynesburg improved to 7-0 overall and 5-0 in the league, with its last four PAC wins coming by a total of 14 points.

The first drive of the game saw Waynesburg drive down into Bethany territory, only to see a fumble stop the march. The Bison then drove deep into Yellow Jacket territory and when the drive stalled out, freshman kicker Justin Evans cashed in a 25-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead BC would take into the second quarter.

The second quarter featured two long Bison drives sandwiched around one quick one for the Yellow Jackets. Bethany moved 85 yards in 13 plays and took 7:17 off the clock to post its next score. Facing a third-and-six, junior QB Matt Grimard, who set a new Bethany record in the contest, lofted a pass to the right corner of the end zone. A Waynesburg defender deflected it, but senior wide receiver Ed Holmes was able to reel in a juggling catch for the 11-yard touchdown catch. The extra point was blocked, leaving it a 9-0 Bethany lead.

On the fourth play after taking possession, the Yellow Jackets' Bertrand Ngampa broke through for a 53- yard touchdown run to trim the Bethany lead to 9-7. When BC took over, they used nearly every remaining second to find the end zone again. The Bison drove into Waynesburg territory and on third-and-four, Grimard hit Holmes for a 21-yard strike down the WU one. With the clock under 10 seconds and no timeouts, Grimard hurried the offense to the line and bulled into the end zone for the touchdown. The extra point was blocked again, leaving Bethany to take a 15-7 lead into halftime.

Bethany would add to their lead on the first drive of the second half. This march covered 65 yards in nine plays, but the ending was not a foregone conclusion. The Bison faced a fourth-and-seven at the 25 and Grimard lobbed a pass towards the left side of the end zone. Holmes made a spectacular catch for the score, snaring the pass with one hand while just staying in bounds long enough to get credit for the grab. Bethany went for two and the pass was incomplete, which mean it was still a two-score game at 21-7.

When Waynesburg got the ball back, it turned to its top-ranked rushing offense in the PAC. The unit churned out all 61 yards on the ensuing drive, which ended with a two-yard scoring run by Dominic Moore, to bring the visitors within one TD at 21-14. Then early in the fourth quarter, the Yellow Jackets started by midfield and quickly moved into Bethany territory. Ngampa found the end zone for a second time on a 14-yard scoring jaunt, but this time, it was the Bison who came up with a blocked extra point. Sophomore CB Wyssmy Despagne came off the edge to swat away the kick and Bethany held the slimmest of leads at 21-20.

Both teams would miss scoring chances on their next drive, as Bethany drove to the Waynesburg 30, but turned it over on downs. That was answered by the Yellow Jackets moving down in position for a potential go-ahead field goal, but the 36-yard try by Dominic Zappa was wide left with 3:33 to go. Bethany was able to pick up one first down, but needing one more to run out the clock after Waynesburg burned its final timeout, the Bison were unable to get 10 yards and punted back to the Yellow Jackets with 1:45 to play.

After an incomplete pass on first down, Waynesburg went to Ngampa, who shook free for runs of 15 and 35 yards to immediately put the visitors in field goal range. After one run and two shots to the end zone, Waynesburg sent out Alex Henry, who split the uprights with a 26-yard boot to put the Jackets ahead 23-21 with 16 ticks on the clock. Bethany's last ditch effort came up short and Waynesburg escaped with the hard-fought win.

A pair of Bison players reached milestones in the setback. Grimard threw for 261 yards and two scores while rushing for another 39, which gives him 6,857 yards of total offense break the Bethany record held by Bob Fromm, who had 6,700 from 1994-97. Grimard's top target in terms of receptions was senior Johnathan Foster, who caught 10 balls for 70 yards and he became the ninth player in Bethany history to surpass 100 career receptions (105).

The other big receiver was Holmes, who snared eight aerials for 121 yards and two touchdowns, his third game this season with a pair of TD catches. He has now moved up to fourth all-time at Bethany with 128 receptions and sixth with 1,527 career receiving yards.

On the defensive side, senior linebacker Kyle Arrington posted 14 tackles, his second straight double-digit performance. It also gives him 323 for his career for the second highest total by a Bison since 1989. Also reaching double figures were junior safety Jordan Joyce and sophomore linebacker Chris Burg with 11 hits apiece.

The Bison will go out on the road two straight, beginning next Saturday with a road tilt at Westminster. The Titans are also 1-3 in the league and 2-3 overall after a 24-21 defeat at Washington & Jefferson Saturday. Kickoff in New Wilmington is scheduled for 1 p.m.
comments powered by Disqus
Sep. 4: All times Eastern
8:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Tex. A&M-Commerce
Sep. 5: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Anna Maria at Worcester State
7:00 PM
Western New England at Springfield
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Albright at Kean
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Widener at Rowan
Live Stats Live Stats Audio
7:00 PM
WPI at Curry
Live Stats Live Stats
7:00 PM
Mass-Dartmouth at Mount Ida
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Salve Regina at Bridgewater State
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
William Paterson at SUNY-Maritime
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Ursinus at TCNJ
7:00 PM
Fitchburg State at Becker
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Nichols at Westfield State
Video
7:30 PM
McDaniel at Catholic
Live Stats
7:30 PM
Trine at Manchester
Live Stats Video Audio
8:00 PM
Waldorf at UW-Whitewater
Live Stats
Sep. 6: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Endicott at Framingham State
12:00 PM
Dickinson at Hobart
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Holland College (PEI, Canada) at Maine Maritime
Video
12:00 PM
Otterbein at St. John Fisher
Live Stats Audio
12:00 PM
Union at Ithaca
12:00 PM
Pomona-Pitzer at MIT
12:00 PM
Husson at Alfred
12:00 PM
Randolph-Macon at Johns Hopkins
12:00 PM
Cortland State at Buffalo State
Live Stats
1:00 PM
St. Lawrence at Coast Guard
1:00 PM
Thomas More at Wesley
Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Plymouth State at Castleton State
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Lebanon Valley at Franklin and Marshall
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Emory and Henry at Ferrum
Audio
1:00 PM
Washington and Lee at Averett
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Hampden-Sydney at Wabash
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Rose-Hulman at Kalamazoo
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Wilmington at Olivet
Live Stats
1:00 PM
King's at Moravian
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Alfred State at Morrisville State
Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Susquehanna at Lycoming
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Oberlin at Brockport State
1:00 PM
Utica at Misericordia
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Montclair State
1:00 PM
Southern Virginia at Methodist
1:00 PM
Marietta at Kenyon
1:00 PM
Merchant Marine at Apprentice
1:00 PM
Muhlenberg at Wilkes
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Sewanee at DePauw
Live Stats Video Audio
1:30 PM
Ohio Wesleyan at Bluffton
1:30 PM
Adrian at Defiance
Live Stats
1:30 PM
RPI at Norwich
Live Stats Video
1:30 PM
Alma at Heidelberg
1:30 PM
Berry at Maryville (Tenn.)
Live Stats Video Audio
1:30 PM
Bridgewater (Va.) at Gettysburg
Audio
1:30 PM
Muskingum at Waynesburg
Audio
1:30 PM
St. Vincent at John Carroll
1:30 PM
Mount Union at Bethany
1:30 PM
Juniata at Grove City
Audio
2:00 PM
Franklin at Illinois Wesleyan
2:00 PM
Rhodes at Austin
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Carleton at Macalester
2:00 PM
UW-Platteville at Buena Vista
2:00 PM
Ohio Northern at Washington U.
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
UW-River Falls at St. John's
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Crown at Gustavus Adolphus
2:00 PM
Concordia-Moorhead at Jamestown
2:00 PM
Simpson at Iowa Wesleyan
2:00 PM
Hope at Monmouth
Audio
2:00 PM
Lawrence at Rockford
2:00 PM
Aurora at Illinois College
2:00 PM
Carroll at Lakeland
2:00 PM
Elmhurst at Loras
2:00 PM
Millikin at Greenville
2:00 PM
Coe at Wheaton (Ill.)
2:00 PM
Presentation at Luther
2:00 PM
Martin Luther at Maranatha Baptist
Video
2:00 PM
MacMurray at Culver-Stockton
2:00 PM
Eureka at Knox
2:00 PM
UW-Stout at Dakota Wesleyan
2:00 PM
Huntingdon at Louisiana College
Video
2:00 PM
Ripon at St. Scholastica
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Hendrix at Westminster (Mo.)
Video
2:10 PM
UW-Eau Claire at St. Thomas
Audio
3:00 PM
St. Norbert at Carthage
4:00 PM
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Puget Sound
4:00 PM
Lewis and Clark at Whitworth
4:00 PM
College of Idaho at Pacific
4:30 PM
Arizona Christian at George Fox
5:00 PM
Hartwick at Western Connecticut
6:00 PM
Salisbury at Christopher Newport
6:00 PM
Augustana at Mount St. Joseph
7:00 PM
Carnegie Mellon at Case Western Reserve
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Stevenson at N.C. Wesleyan
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Butler at Wittenberg
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Shenandoah at Gallaudet
Audio
7:00 PM
Wooster at Washington and Jefferson
7:00 PM
Geneva at Frostburg State
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Thiel at Allegheny
7:00 PM
Taylor (Ind.) at Anderson
7:00 PM
Hiram at Westminster (Pa.)
7:00 PM
Denison at Earlham
7:00 PM
Greensboro at Guilford
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Albion at UW-Stevens Point
7:00 PM
Concordia (Wis.) at North Park
7:00 PM
Beloit at Chicago
Live Stats
7:00 PM
LaGrange at Birmingham-Southern
7:00 PM
Howard Payne at Trinity (Texas)
Audio
7:00 PM
Mary Hardin-Baylor at Millsaps
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Sul Ross State at Texas Lutheran
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Robert Morris-Chicago at UW-Oshkosh
7:00 PM
UW-La Crosse at Dubuque
Live Stats Video
7:30 PM
Hanover at Centre
7:30 PM
Central at Benedictine
Live Stats Video Audio
8:00 PM
St. Olaf at Northwestern (Minn.)
8:00 PM
Hamline at Minnesota-Morris
8:00 PM
Lake Forest at Wisconsin Lutheran
Live Stats Audio
8:00 PM
Wartburg at Augsburg
Audio
8:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Southwestern
Live Stats Audio
Dec. 20: All times Eastern
Final
at UW-Whitewater 52, Mount Union 14
@ Salem Stadium; Salem, Va.
Recap Photos Photos
Dec. 14: All times Eastern
Final
UW-Whitewater 16, at Mary Hardin-Baylor 15
Recap Recap Photos
Final
at Mount Union 41, North Central (Ill.) 40
Box Score Recap Recap Photos

What We're Reading