BC set for rematch with Hiram

By Tim Stried, SID

September 10, 1999

 

With the memories of last season's 39-24 home loss to Hiram College still lingering in their memories, the Beavers are very much looking forward to their rematch Saturday with the Terriers. Last week's 35-14 win at Bethany College, WV provided a good start the young 1999 football season and BC looks to keep those winning ways going as they travel to northeast Ohio for a 1:30 kickoff.

Hiram came from behind last season to top BC, which scored the first 14 points of the game and led 14-6 after the first quarter. Hiram scored three unanswered touchdowns in the second quarter, though, and hung on for the victory. Bluffton out-gained Hiram 393-366 in total offense, had more first downs, and had possession of the ball for 38:12 compared to Hiram's 21:48. BC had two fumbles and an interception, however, and gave up a 90 yard kickoff return for a TD.

Hiram returns four starters on their offensive line and their entire backfield, but gone is last season's biggest Bluffton-killer, wide receiver Bryan Moore. Moore caught two touchdown passes in last season's game and kept countless Hiram drives going with big catches. He ended the '98 game with 10 catches for 174 yards and is now coaching for Bethany College, BC's week one opponent. Defensively, Hiram returns only four starters, but three of those starters are in the secondary.

Last week's victory was an expensive one for the Beavers, as junior defensive end Andy Armstrong went down in the second quarter with a knee injury and could miss the rest of the season. Stepping into the vacancy is sophomore Casey Harrington, who'll be making his first collegiate start this Saturday. He'll have an excellent cast around him, though, as last week BC gave up just 52 yards rushing to Bethany and forced five turnovers. Junior middle linebacker Greg Ditz earned Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week for his efforts, as he recorded seven solo tackles, four assists and a pass breakup.

Junior running back Tyson Goings had a monster day against Hiram last season with 223 yards on 22 carries for a 10.1 yards per carry average. Senior quarterback Joel Parrett also had a good day for the Beavers last season as he went 14-20 for 132 yards and a score. It was Hiram, however, who made the big plays and walked out of Salzman Stadium with the victory. Bluffton will look to return the favor this Saturday.