Beavers thump Anderson 48-17

By Tim Stried, SID

October 18, 1999


In front of a near-capacity crowd in Salzman Stadium Saturday, Bluffton College scored through the air, on the ground and on defense to earn a 48-17 homecoming victory over Anderson University. The win moved BC to 4-2 overall and 1-2 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, with another league contest slated on the home turf this Saturday against Manchester College at 1:30.

It was a day for the Bluffton offense to get back into high gear, and a host of Beavers got a turn behind the wheel. Consider Tyson Goings. The junior running back was named the HCAC Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts, as the junior running back carried the football 21 times for 204 yards and three touchdowns. He averaged 9.7 yards per carry and also caught three passes for 27 yards and another score.

And then there was Joel Parrett. The senior quarterback was the model of efficiency, completing 11 of 15 passes for 212 yards and three touchdowns. He also had nine carries for 69 yards, that's 7.7 yards per carry.

Now don't forget Eric Metz. The senior wide receiver caught five passes Saturday for 142 yards and two touchdowns, including a 41 yard TD hookup from Parrett in the second quarter and a 45 yard bomb in the third quarter that set up another score. And not only that, but he was named homecoming king, as his fiance, Marjie Howard, was named the homecoming queen and watched #7 run through and around the Anderson defense.

And when you thought you had seen it all, there's freshman Jeremy Parthemore, making his first collegiate start at defensive end and making the defensive play of the day. Late in the first quarter the Anderson quarterback took the snap and came down the line of scrimmage at Jeremy, who stepped up, knocking the Raven QB backwards and the ball to the ground. Parthemore picked up the ball and ran 36 yards untouched for a touchdown.

And the men up front kept the engine going, opening up holes for the BC backfield to the tune of 488 yards in total offense and the highest point production since the Beavers scored 49 points against Hanover in 1992. Bluffton averaged over 10 yards per play in the first half and 8.0 per play in the game. Not bad for a day's work.

However, it was Anderson who got the workday started, as they took the opening kickoff and marched down the field en route a 26 yard field goal at the 7:00 mark. From there it was all Bluffton, though, as the Beavers scored three touchdowns in the final three minutes of the first quarter. The first came on a six yard run by Goings with 3:27 remaining, then on Anderson's second play of the ensuing possession came Parthemore's highlight reel play. And on the last play of the opening quarter Metz hauled in a 41 yard pass from Parrett and stepped into the endzone as the Beaver Endzone Brigade awaited with open arms.

Anderson answered in the second quarter with a TD pass, but Tyson Goings then took a handoff from Parrett and went over left tackle for a 51 yard scoring jaunt, out-racing a host of Raven defenders as the BC cheerleaders headed down to the endzone themselves for more pushups. They did 190 of them on the day, and were probably the only people in Bluffton Saturday that got tired of BC touchdowns.

Bluffton scored three more unanswered touchdowns in the second half, the first two from the arm of Parrett to the hands of Metz from 17 yards out and then to Goings from 12 yards away. Goings added another TD early in the fourth quarter on a 34 yard run, aided by a nice block from senior fullback Paul Risner and some nifty downfield blocking by BC wide receivers Metz, senior Evan Ward and sophomore Jon Spradling.

And although the Beaver defense didn't pick off any Raven passes, they recorded numerous pass break ups and knocked the Anderson receivers all over the field. Senior defensive back Jarret Smotrila, junior linebacker Greg Ditz and junior cornerback Jeff Compnay all were team leaders in tackles, while Parthemore and sophomore defensive tackle Toby Smith both recorded sacks. Junior linebacker Adam Lawrence recovered another AU fumble in the fourth quarter and scampered 17 yards to end the final Raven drive.

Another high-octane passing attack will invade Salzman Stadium this Saturday, however, as Manchester enters the game ranked right behind BC in the top 25 in national passing offense. The Spartans haven't had much luck running the ball, though, as BC looks to send the Indiana natives back home with their fifth loss in a row.