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Bison Football Drops Road Bout To Geneva
Oct. 25 - BEAVER FALLS, Pa. - Despite the defense posting a season-best 17.0 tackles for loss, the Bethany College football (5-3, 4-2) team dropped a 20-14 decision to Geneva College on Saturday evening.
The Golden Tornadoes opened the scoring in the last minute of the first quarter. Following an interception, Geneva needed just five plays to go 53 yards for the game's first score. The scoring play came on a 10-yard run by Dylan Jones to give Geneva the 7-0 lead.
The game's next score didn't come until 1:18 remaining in the half. Brian Vales (Pittsburgh , Pa./Avonworth) threw his third pick of the half as Geneva's Malcom Hill went 28 yards for the defensive touchdown. Junior defensive tackle Eric Campbell (Hurricane, W. Va./Hurricane) came up big on special teams, blocking the extra point to keep the game at 13-0.
The Bison offense would get the ball back with just 1:11 to play in the half. Freshman Aaron Tedys (Ellwood City, Pa./Riverside) set the Bison up nicely, returning the kickoff to the Bethany 40-yard line. After a completed pass to get Bethany down to the Geneva 44-yard line, Vales connected with junior wideout Eric Blinn (Beaver, Pa./Western Beaver) on a 29-yard strike. Two plays later, the duo connected again, this time on a nine-yard touchdown hookup to cut the score to 13-7.
The first half did not go the Bison's way, as they were plagued by seven penalties and three interceptions. Despite the turnovers, the Bison outgained Geneva 201-110 in the first half.
In the second half, neither team could get much going in the third quarter as both teams missed a field goal in the frame to keep the game at 13-7.
The Golden Tornadoes would extend the advantage to 20-7 in the fourth quarter, using a nine-play 90 yard drive, capped off by an Anthony Carthen 30-yard touchdown run. The Bison, however, would once again respond.
The Green & White would use a six play, 70-yard drive to pull within one score. The big play on the drive came on a 29-yard reception by Tyler Ambush (Germantown, Md./Northwest). Two plays later, Vales found Blinn for his second TD of the night, this time from seven yards out, to cut the lead to 20-14.
The Bison were still trailing late into the fourth quarter with Geneva driving and looking to put the game away. However, the opportunistic Bethany defense pounced on a loose ball to give the ball back to the Green & White. The Golden Tornadoes fumbled the ball at the line of scrimmage and junior Nadim Raddar (Laurel, Md./Old Mill) recovered the fumble to give the Green & White new life with 1:58 to play.
After picking up two first downs on the ensuing drive, however, the Bison committed their fifth turnover of the game, giving the ball back to Geneva and sealing the win for the Golden Tornadoes, 20-14.
Offensively, the Bison were led by Blinn and Ambush. Blinn posted nine catches for 102 yards and two scores, while Ambush collected his first 100-yard game, finishing with six snags for 115 yards.
Defensively, the Bison were up to their old tricks, allowing just 14 points and forcing three turnovers. The Green & White also notched a season-best 17.0 tackles for loss, giving the team 89.0 on the year.
The defense was led by Khallid Pierce (Youngstown, Ohio/Ursuline) who totaled 4.5 tackles for loss. Donavan Hayden (Hyattsville, Md./Northwestern) led the team with 7.0 tackles and finished with 3.0 tackles for loss.
The Bison will be back in action on Saturday, Nov. 1, as they travel to Grove City, Pa. for a showdown with Grove City College. The games is scheduled for a 1:30 p.m. start.