BC to much to handle for Manchester

By Tim Stried, SID

October 23, 1999



The halftime interview on WDOH Saturday was with Bluffton College football legend Elbert Dubenion, but fans in Salzman Stadium could have sworn that Dubenion was on the field wearing #24. That Beaver running back was Tyson Goings, of course, and he and his BC teammates broke open a tight game in the fourth quarter en route to a 26-10 victory over Manchester College on a cold and windy afternoon.

Now 5-2 overall and 2-2 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, the Beavers churned out 243 yards rushing, led by Goings who rolled up 156 himself including an electrifying 64 yard touchdown run on the first play of the game. The BC defense was in full force, as well, as they held Manchester to just 172 yards in total offense on the day and recorded three fumble recoveries and an interception

Goings moved past Roger Gilanyi '89 for ninth spot on the all-time rushing list, as the junior from Defiance now has 2,579 yards in his career. Senior quarterback Joel Parrett also moved up the career statistics ladder, surpassing Cliff Hemmert '89 for second place on the career passing yardage list with 5,059 yards. Parrett completed 16 of 26 passes Saturday in the inclement weather for 134 yards, including a seven yard third quarter touchdown pass to Goings that gave BC a 13-3 lead.

Manchester answered quickly, though, as on BC's next possession the Spartan defense forced a Bluffton punt, which Darren Reed returned 65 yards for a touchdown. Chris Bland was good on the extra point as Manchester was back in the game at 13-10 with 3:51 left in the third quarter. However, Bluffton came back with a 15 play, 69 yard drive that spanned the rest of the third quarter and the beginning of the fourth and ended with a one yard scoring plunge by senior Paul Risner. The drive consumed 6:38 off the clock and with 12:09 remaining in the game freshman Adam Burgess connected on the extra point to put BC back on top 20-10.

The Bluffton defense took it from there. Sophomore Ben Schwab picked off a Spartan pass on MC's next possession, while the next two Manchester drives ended on downs as junior Rob Kitchen and freshman Jeremy Parthemore both broke through for quarterback sacks. Kitchen recovered two Manchester fumbles on the day and had five solo tackles, including two in the MC backfield for 11 yards. Six Bluffton defenders dropped MC ball carriers for negative yardage Saturday, led by junior defensive back Jeff Company, who ended four Spartan plays behind the line of scrimmage for 16 yards in losses.

The day certainly got started with a bang for the Bluffton offense. Goings took a Parrett handoff on the first play of the game and didn't stop until he crossed the goal line for a 64 yard score as the BC faithful were just settling into their seats. Manchester kicked a 23 yard field goal with 5:33 left in the opening period, which would be the end of the first half scoring.

The second half excitement was proven to be worth waiting for, however, and the only thing hotter than Goings and Risner in the final 30 minutes was the hot chocolate. Risner, the senior fullback, carried the ball 15 times on the afternoon for 67 yards and two fourth quarter touchdowns on runs of one and two yards. He also was Bluffton's leading receiver, as the Versailles High School graduate caught six Parrett passes for 61 yards.

Defensively, junior linebacker Greg Ditz, Parthemore and Schwab also recorded tackles for losss, as did junior defensive end Greg Bruns, who started Saturday after missing two games with a rib injury. Junior linebacker Cliff Willoughby led the defense in tackles with eight, while Ditz had seven stops. Schwab along with senior defensive back Jarret Smotrila both recorded pass breakups.

Bluffton ended the day with 377 yards in total offense and averaged five yards per play. Senior wide receiver Eric Metz caught five passes for 40 yards and is just eight receptions and 271 yards shy of BC career records in both categories. The win was Head Coach Carlin Carpenter's 86th at Bluffton College, just two shy of tying the all-time wins record held by Ken Mast, who rang up 88 victories from 1950 through 1965.

Bluffton will travel to the College of Mount St. Joseph next Saturday to take on a rejuvenated Lion team. The Mount is just 2-6, but put 49 points on the board two weeks ago against Franklin and last Saturday gave HCAC leader Hanover all they could handle as the Panthers came away with a 29-25 victory. BC is now in sole possession of fourth place in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference with a 2-2 league mark. Hanover remained perfect in HCAC at 4-0 with their win over Mount St. Joseph, while Wilmington knocked off Wabash 32-30 as both teams are now 3-1 in the HCAC.

Over 1,800 hundred fans braved the rain, wind and cold temperatures as Bluffton wrapped up it's BC Community Sports Week. The Beavers hosted six home athletic contests last week as members of the Bluffton community picked up free passes to watch their college team in action.