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September 15, 2019

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Football: Beavers open season with 31-6 loss at Wooster

Bluffton plays Trine at home on Saturday

By Joseph Watkins, sports information assistant
The Bluffton University football team opened up the 2019 season on the road against the College of Wooster.

It was the fourth meeting of all-time between the schools with Wooster now a perfect 4-0. The Beavers could not seem to find a groove offensively all game falling 31-6 to the Fighting Scots.

There was not much action in the first half of play from either team on the offensive side of the ball. Both the Beavers and Fighting Scots tried to get things going, but the defenses on both teams stood tall pitching a scoreless first half of play.

In the third quarter with 8:36 remaining on the clock, Wooster struck first on a 30-yard pass from Mateo Renteria to Strausbaugh which would result in six for the Fighting Scots. Wooster tacked on three more when Luke Barrett hit a 26-yard field goal to make it 10-0 Scots with 4:31 remaining in the third.

The Beavers would finally strike gold whenPeyton Spurlock (Troy/Urbana) hauled in a 55-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Markoff (Centerville/Archbishop Alter) to make it 10-6 late in the third quarter.

Unfortunately, it would be all Fighting Scots the rest of the way as they added on three more touchdowns for the 31-6 victory in the opening contest for both sides.

Markoff lead the way for the Beavers, throwing for 154 yards and a touchdown. Spurlock led the receivers with 60 yards and a touchdown for the Beavers. Junior Darian Greeley (Belleville, MI/Chippewa Valley) paced the rushing attack with 11 carries for 48 yards on the day.

Defensively, Bluffton was led by Antonio Crossty (Wooster) who had 12 solo tackles and also assisted on five for 17 total. Stephan Kosakowksi (Cleveland Benedictine) checked in with eight solo tackles and five assists for 13 total and also had an interception for the Beavers.

The Beavers will quickly put this game in the rearview mirror as they will prepare to take on Trine University in their first home game of the season.

Bluffton dropped a 34-13 decision to the Thunder last year and the Beavers will be looking to avenge that loss.