BC hopes to rebound with HCAC, homecoming victory

Anderson University (1-4 overall, 1-1 HCAC)
Bluffton College (3-2 overall, 0-2 HCAC)

 

It's homecoming Saturday at Bluffton College, and the Beavers would like nothing more than to highlight the weekend with a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference victory over Anderson University. BC has dropped their last two games, which unfortunately were both HCAC contests against Hanover and Wabash, both of which are undefeated in the HCAC. The Beavers are 3-2 now overall.

The Ravens of Anderson University enter Salzman Stadium Saturday coming off a 14-11 victory over Mount St. Joseph for their first HCAC victory. On October 2 AU was defeated 30-13 by the same Wabash team that beat Bluffton last week 27-7, so the Ravens have played some quality opponents and have shown they can play well.

The Ravens and Beavers have met 24 times on the gridiron, with Bluffton holding a 14-10 lead in the all-time series. The two schools met every season from 1973 through 1991, then met again last season in Anderson as BC took home a 41-7 victory. AU won seven straight contests over BC from 1978-1984, but the Beavers have dominated the series since then, winning all eight matchups.

Entering last Saturday's action at Wabash, quarterback Joel Parrett was ranked first in the country in completion percentage and third in efficiency. The senior third-year starter surpassed Elbert Dubenion '59 on the BC all-time total offense list last week, and now has 4,942 yards in his career. He needs 672 yards to catch Cliff Hemmert '89. Parrett also needs 238 yards to catch Hemmert for second place on the passing yardage list, and needs three more TD passes to tie Darrin Fox '97 for second place in TD passes with 36.

Junior running back Tyson Goings has been slowed down of late and entered last week's game ranked 20th in the country in rushing yards per game. He is currently 10th on the BC all-time rushing yardage list, and needs 315 yards to catch Roger Gilanyi '89.

Senior Eric Metz is five catches away from catching Andy Nowlin '91 for second place on the all-time receptions list with 138. Last week Metz surpassed Tory Strock '97 in receiving yards, as his total of 2,164 is second all-time to the 2,617 yards by Nowlin. Metz also surpassed one of BC's radio analysts, Vance Nofziger '95, last week in career punt returns with 38, and already leads in punt return yardage with 380. Senior Jarret Smotrila needs three interceptions to tie Doug Marquart '80 on the all-time interception list with 16, while Smotrila already leads in interception return yardage with 191.

 

 

 

Anderson University Quick Facts:

Location: Anderson, Indiana
Founded: 1917
Enrollment: 2,100
Nickname: Ravens
Colors: Black and Orange
Stadium: Macholtz Stadium
Capacity: 4,500
President: Dr. James L. Edwards
Athletic Director: A. Barrett Bates
Assistant Athletic Director: Dr. Rebecca Hull
First year of football: 1947
Overall football record: 228-232-11 (.496)
1998 Record/Conference: 0-10/0-7

1999 Anderson University schedule and results

Sept. 4 THOMAS MORE (KY) L 32-18
Sept. 11 at Taylor (IN) L 33-6
Sept. 18 WHEATON (IL) L 42-3
Oct. 2 at Wabash (IN)* L 30-13
Oct. 9 MOUNT ST. JOSEPH* W 14-11
Oct. 16 at Bluffton*
Oct. 23 at Franklin (IN)*
Oct. 30 HANOVER (IN)*
Nov. 6 WILMINGTON*
Nov. 13 at Manchester (IN)*

Bluffton/Anderson Scores since 1983


1998 Bluffton 41, Anderson 7
1991 Bluffton 34, Anderson 33
1990 Bluffton 27, Anderson 21
1989 Bluffton 49, Anderson 19
1988 Bluffton 63, Anderson 6
1987 Bluffton 47, Anderson 14
1986 Bluffton 31, Anderson 15
1985 Bluffton 47, Anderson 20
1984 Anderson 24, Bluffton 23
1983 Anderson 27, Bluffton 17

Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Current Standings

 

HCAC

 

Overall

 

Team

W

L

 

W

L

October 16th in the HCAC:

Anderson at Bluffton

Franklin at Mount St. Joseph

Wilmington at Hanover

Wabash at Manchester

Wabash

3

0

 

3

2

Hanover

2

0

 

5

0

Wilmington

2

0

 

5

0

Anderson

1

1

 

1

4

Franklin

1

1

 

3

2

Bluffton

0

2

 

3

2

Manchester

0

2

 

2

3

Mt. St. Joseph

0

3

 

1

5

 

What BC Opponents Are Doing

(1999 overall record, last week's results, today's opponent)

Bethany (1-5) lost to U. of Chicago 12-0, is at Washington & Jefferson today.
Hiram (0-5) lost to Muskingum 56-20, is at Capital today.
Grove City (1-3) lost to Washington & Jefferson 33-10, hosts Waynesburg today.
Hanover (5-0) beat Manchester 45-14, hosts Wilmington today.
Wabash (3-2) beat Bluffton 27-7, is at Manchester today.
Anderson (1-4) beat Mount St. Joseph 14-11, is here today.
Manchester (2-3) lost to Hanover 45-14, hosts Wabash today.
Mount St. Joseph (1-5) lost to Anderson 14-11, hosts Franklin today.
Franklin (3-2) lost to Wilmington 55-6, is at Mount St. Joseph today.
Wilmington (5-0) beat Franklin 55-6, is at Hanover today.