BETHANY’S JOYNER GARNERS PAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK

7059Joyner.jpgWEXFORD, Pa. – Following a standout performance in Saturday’s victory over Westminster (Pa.) College, Bethany College senior quarterback Milton Joyner (Pittsburgh, Pa./Westinghouse) has been recognized as the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Offensive Player of the Week for Sept. 22.

The 6-0, 200-pound signal caller guided BC to a 41-21 victory over the Titans by throwing for two touchdowns and also rushing for a pair. Through the air, Joyner completed 26-of-35 attempts for 321 yards and scoring passes of 32 yards to junior WR Taylor McNeil (Old Saybrook, Conn.) and four yards to freshman RB Marcus Santini (Seminole, Fla.). His 26 completions were the third-most by a Bethany QB in school history, while his 321 passing yards are the most since Jeremy Lacaria threw for 345 in a game against the College of Wooster (Ohio) in 2002.

On the ground, Joyner scored on an 11-yard jaunt for the Green and White’s first TD, then broke a 21-21 tie in the fourth quarter with a three-yard scoring run. That play ignited a 20-point fourth quarter by the Bison, who broke a four-game losing streak with the triumph and improved to 3-4 overall and 1-3 in the PAC.

Joyner is enjoying a fine season in his first under center after spending the first three years of his tenure as a wide receiver. He is currently ranked second in the PAC with 10 touchdown passes, while ranking third in passing yards per game (181.0) and total offense (198.6). In addition, Joyner has scored five rushing touchdowns during the campaign to tie for the team lead and also place him in a tie for third in the PAC with Santini and Thomas More (Ky.) College’s Cordario Collier.

Bison head coach Tim Weaver said what made Joyner’s performance even better was how he bounced back from difficult outings coming into the Westminster contest.

“I’m really proud of how Milton played coming off a couple games where he struggled a little,” said Weaver. “Milton would be the first to tell you this award is a team award, but he was poised and accurate with his throws Saturday. He threw it and ran it very well for us and was able to lead us to the win.”

Weaver also said Joyner’s stellar performance was just one of many by the Bison senior class, which enjoyed their first win over Westminster during their careers. Bethany’s last win against the Titans was a 24-0 shutout in 2001.

Among those highlighting the victory were linebackers Kellen Lieb (Farmington, Pa./Uniontown), who made 12 tackles, and Bill Wineberg (Pittsburgh, Pa./Shaler), who had seven stops, including 1.5 for loss, DB Brandon Boston (Pittsburgh, Pa./Keystone Oaks), who had four hits, and punter Mike Elias (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands), who averaged nearly 40 yards per kick and put two inside the Westminster 20 in the second half.

“Milton served as the leader for a very productive day by our seniors,” said Weaver. “Defensively, that class had 23 tackles, including a couple for loss, and Elias did a great job punting and dropping two deep in their end late in the game. You expect to see your seniors step up and lead in games like that and that’s exactly what happened Saturday.”

A physical education major, Milton is the son of Mary Souchern and Milton Joyner Sr. of Pittsburgh, Pa.