W&J Downs Bethany

BETHANY – Washington and Jefferson receiver Alex Baroffio made pivotal plays the entire evening and helped the Presidents post their 29th consecutive victory against Bethany following a 31-14 Presidents’ Athletic Conference triumph Saturday night under the lights at Bison Stadium.

Baroffio finished the game with five receptions for 100 yards and a touchdown. He also returned three punts for 49 yards. The Bison (1-1, 0-1 PAC) have not defeated the Presidents since 1982.

W&J (2-1, 1-0 PAC) drove the ball into Bison territory on the first possession of the game, but sophomore quarterback Matt Bliss’ deep pass was intercepted by Jamaan Webb.

Bethany used the momentum from the turnover and drove 75 yards in 10 plays to grab a 7-0 lead after Eric Walker’s 2-yard touchdown run at the 8:42 mark.

W&J tied the game five minutes later with a quick 60-yard drive. Junior running back DeAndre Simmons bulled in from the 1 to tie the game. Baroffio set up the touchdown with a 56-yard reception.

The score remained that way for 15 minutes until senior linebacker Mitch Rose gave the Presidents a boost by picking off a Matt Grimard pass and returning it 15 yards to the Bethany 15. Two plays later, Bliss rushed six yards for a touchdown and a 14-7 halftime lead.

The Presidents’ defense forced a quick punt to start the second half and the offense took advantage as Simmons rushed 32 yards on the first play. Bliss then lofted a 13-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Hunter Creel (Industry, Pa./Western Beaver), who leaped over a defender and made an acrobatic catch for the Presidents’ third touchdown.