Nov. 3 – BETHANY, W. Va. – After leading the Bethany football team to a 58-26 win over Grove City College on Saturday, junior Jalen Holmes (New, Castle, Pa./New Castle) has been named to the D3football.com Team of the Week, as announced by the website on Tuesday morning. Holmes becomes the third player from the Bison this season to be given the award.
Holmes dominated the ground game in Bethany’s lopsided win over the Wolverines, touching the ball 26 times while posting a PAC and Bison single-game record 341 yards. He also added a career-high four scores in the matchup, tallying touchdown runs of 15, 49, 51 and 55 yards, respectively.
Along with shattering the single-game mark for rushing yards, Holmes also became the Bison’s single-season rushing record holder, getting his total to 1,268 yards. He also broke the school’s single-season rushing touchdown record (14) previously held by Eric Walker in 2012.
Posting the second-highest rushing total of any back in the country this season, Holmes became the first Bethany running back to reach the 1,000-yard mark since Will Anderson in 2002. With his numbers, Holmes rocketed himself into second-place among the PAC rushing leaders, sitting at 141.0 yards per game. His total yardage currently ranks second in the conference, while his touchdowns sit third.
Holmes has been extremely efficient this season, getting his gaudy numbers on just 198 carries. He has posted six games with at least 100 yards in 2015, and is averaging 200 yards and two touchdowns over his last four games.
Holmes is the 20th D3football.com Team of the Week honoree in Bethany history, and is the third for the Bison in the last two weeks, joining teammates Eric Blinn (Beaver, Pa./Western Beaver) and Nadim Raddar (Laurel, Md./Old Mill), who were named to the Week 8 Team of the Week following a 41-15 win over Geneva College.
The Bison will be back in action on Saturday, Nov. 14, as they finish their regular season against Saint Vincent College. The matchup in Latrobe, Pa. is scheduled for a 1 p.m. kick.