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Grimard Sets Records in Loss to Thomas More

November 10, 2013
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. - Bethany senior quarterback Matt Grimard broke three single-season school records, but it was not enough as the Bison football team fell 49-14 to Thomas More on Saturday.

Grimard broke three of his own records in the game, including passing completions, passing attempts and total passing yards - all of which he set during the 2012 campaign. Grimard now sits at 230 completions and 383 attempts, passing his records of 226 completions and 364 attempts from a year ago.

Grimard also broke his passing yardage record of 2,605 and sits at 2,684 with one game remaining.

Bethany was able to draw first blood as the Bison defense set up the offense late in the first quarter.

Nadim Radar sacked and stripped quarterback Luke Magness of the ball and recovered the fumble to give Bethany a first down deep in Thomas More territory.

Six plays later, Grimard found sophomore Jaylen Jennings on a 3-yard touchdown strike to give Bethany the 7-0 lead.

The touchdown catch was the sixth of the season for Jennings, who leads the team.

On the ensuing drive the Saints needed three plays, helped out by a personal foul penalty on the Bison, to go 55 yards for the game-tying score. The touchdown came on a 34-yard run by Bobby Leonard and tied the game at 7-7.

In the second quarter, the Bison defense once again gave the offense great field position as Chris Burg caused and recovered another Saints fumble to give Bethany the ball at the Thomas More 16.

Grimard completed 5 of 5 passing attempts, finishing with a 2-yard pitch-and-catch to Eric Blinn to give the Bison a 14-7 lead with 11:07 remaining in the first half.

However, the Saints were able to force the Bison into four punts over the rest of the half and converted on three of their four possessions to score 21 straight points, ending the half with the Bison down, 28-14.

In the second half, the Bethany offense had a hard time getting anything going. The Bison had the ball five times in the half, punting the ball away three of those times, and turning the ball over twice on interceptions.

The Saints were able to convert in the second half as well, and scored 21 more points in the half, to hand the Bison the 49-14 defeat.

Grimard finished 26 of 47 for 136 yards and two touchdowns. Blinn was his top target, catching nine passes for 54 yards and a score.

Blinn also reached a milestone, becoming the first Bison receiver since Denny Williams in 1980 to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark.

Blinn sits at 1,033 yards receiving, three yards behind Williams' all-time, single-season record of 1,036.

Defensively, Burg led the way with 6.5 tackles, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery in the game.

Jarrett Rahymes totaled 5.5 tackles and Michael Howcott completed the day with five.

 
 

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