Bethany Falls On Last-Minute FG

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 victories coming by a total of 14 points.

With the score at 21-20 in favor of Bethany in the fourth quarter, both teams missed scoring chances, 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 Bertrand 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. Matt 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 Ed Holmes, who snared eight passes 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.