BETHANY -Freshman QB Matt Grimard scored the go-ahead touchdown with 7:45 to play and the Bethany College defense stopped a drive inside their red zone to cement the Bison's 24-17 victory over Waynesburg Saturday in front of the Homecoming crowd at Bison Stadium.
Bethany (2-3, 1-1) used one very short drive and one long march for scores in the opening quarter to jump out to a 14-0 advantage. Junior receiver Alex Evans returned the opening kickoff 68 yards to the Waynesburg 30 and three plays later, junior Eric Walker bolted into the end zone from 9 yards out for a 7-0 Bethany lead.
Waynesburg (2-2, 2-1) was forced to punt on their first possession and the Bison started on their own 15. Grimard was 5-for-5 on the 88-yard drive for 49 yards, including completions of 16 yards to sophomore receiver Ed Holmes and 12 yards to freshman receiver Chris Collins to convert third-down opportunities. On the 18th play of the drive, Walker bulled over from the two on fourth-and-goal to put the Bethany lead to 14-0.
Grimard posted impressive numbers for the Bison, as he recorded 256 of their 353 total yards in the contest. He had his string of consecutive 100-yard rushing games stopped at three, but still gained 83 yards and the winning touchdown on the ground. Through the air, he completed 17-of-22 for a career-high 173 yards and used six different receivers, including Thomas, Holmes and Collins with four catches apiece.
Walker was the leading ground gainer in the ball game, piling up 96 yards and the two scores on 26 carries. In the process, he surpassed Brandon Isbell (2,036) and Demrey Brandon (2,083) on the Bethany career rushing yards list and now has 2,098 yards in his two and half years in Green and White.
The Bison defense also had a stout game, as they limited the Yellow Jackets to 273 total yards and allowed the visitors to convert on just 2-of-11 third down situations. Freshman FS Jordan Joyce parked the effort with 11 tackles, while sophomore LB Willis Powell was in on nine stops.