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Spartans pummel Bethany College 34-12, improves record to 3-1

Courtesy of CWRU Athletics
Third-year wide receiver Noah Coyne accounts for two touchdowns in the domination of the Bethany Bison.

Propelled by an explosive offense in the second half, the Case Western Reserve University football team defeated the Bethany College Bisons 34-12 on the road in West Virginia. The Spartans—who have been averaging 26.7 points per game on 397.0 yards per game—overpowered the Bison, who now stand 0-4 on the season. CWRU improved to 3-1 on the season.

Bethany got on the board first, forcing a pick off CWRU’s fourth-year quarterback Alex Fromberg to set up an 8-yard touchdown for a 6-0 lead following a missed extra point. The Spartans snapped back at the end of the first quarter, with Fromberg redeeming himself from his first interception of the season with a 49-yard pass to fourth-year wide receiver Michael Wojkowski for the 7-6 lead.

Fromberg continued to have a stellar performance, capping a seven-play, 56-yard drive in the second quarter with a 3-yard run to give the Spartans a 14-6 lead going into halftime.

In the third quarter, Bethany tried to bridge the game with a 38-yard touchdown to make it 14-12. However, the Spartans responded on the next drive, as Fromberg found third-year wide receiver Noah Coyne with a 49-yard touchdown to extend CWRU’s lead to 21-12.

In the fourth quarter, Fromberg notched his third touchdown of the day after finding Coyne in the endzone again for the 10-yard score to finish off a six-play, 68-yard possession. Less than five minutes later, Fromberg rushed in a two-yard touchdown to bring the score to the final 34-12.

The Spartans were efficient with their offense, needing only 201 passing yards (compared to Bethany’s 206) and 150 rushing yards (to Bethany’s 106) to outscore their opponents, with total offensive yards going in favor of CWRU 351-312.

Though Fromberg only had a completion percentage of 35%, he finished the game with three passing touchdowns on 192 yards and two rushing touchdowns on 67 yards. Coyne led all Spartan receivers with 105 yards on four catches, accounting for two touchdowns. Fourth-year defensive end Kaden Tong led the defense with a career-high 14 tackles (13 solo). Tong was named to the Team of the Week. Third-year cornerback Dominic Sais also added 9 tackles (6 solo), including a tackle for a loss in addition to his team-leading fourth interception of the game.

The Spartans will travel to Latrobe, Pennsylvania to face Saint Vincent College on Oct. 7. The 2023 Homecoming will be held on DiSanto Field on Oct. 14 at 2 p.m. against Westminster College.

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