Bethany edged in Garvey’s debut

DANVILLE, Ky. – It was a tale of two halves for the Bison football program in its first game under first-year head coach Bill Garvey.

The Bison trailed 30-9 with 11:30 remaining in the third quarter, before storming back, but falling, 33-28, to Centre College on Saturday afternoon.

“I thought that our effort wasn’t where we needed it to be throughout the first half,” Garvey said. “We really got on the guys in the locker room at halftime and I think that the mental toughness that they showed in half number two is something that we can really look to build on in the future.”

Offensively for the Bison, Matt Grimard spread the ball around nicely. He finished the day 27-for-36 for 339 yards and one interception. Needing just 26 pass attempts to become Bethany’s all-time leader in that category, Grimard now stands at the top with 906, 11 more than the previous high of 895 held by Bob Fromm.

“Matt had a good game,” Garvey said. “There are some things that we see that we think we could still improve on in the passing game, but overall we thought it was a solid body of work.”

In the receiving corps, Eric Blinn led all Bison with 11 catches for 130 yards. Jennings caught eight balls for 106 and Collins snagged five passes for 51 yards.

Bethany scored all its touchdowns on the ground.

Brandon Hill and Phil Acrie each found paydirt, while Grimard scampered in for two scores.