By CODI WEYANT For the Daily American
9:23 PM PDT, October 12, 2012
BEDFORD — Sometimes in football, it comes down to a game of survival.
A week after losing starting quarterback Tanner Stull, Somerset looked to sophomore quarterback Raven Beeman.
Somerset held onto a 17-0 lead with 25 seconds remaining in the third quarter before miscues gave Bedford a little scoring room, closing the gap to 17-14 with seven minutes left in the game. Somerset increased its lead to 23-14 with 3:12 left before the Bisons erased the Eagles' lead to two.
"We played good enough to win," said Somerset coach Bob Landis. "You know, that's all it takes tonight. We came in knowing tonight we'd have our quarterback out and we'd need to find a way to win and we did."
After a failed conversion on fourth down by the Bisons, Somerset lined up on its own 30. Black Faulkner gained nine yards before Beeman ran for an Eagles first down on a nine-yard scramble. Matt Boyer gained Somerset 24 yards on two carries. Beeman gained another 13 yards after a five-yard gain by Tanner Sarver. Boyer gained another first down for seven yards on two more carries.
Not being able to convert on a third down, Samuel Hayward lined up for an Eagles field goal before a delay of game penalty against Somerset pushed the ball back five yards. Hayward made a 27-yard field goal for the Eagles giving Somerset a 3-0 lead with 2:13 in the 1st.
Later on in the second quarter, Justin Wilkow intercepted a Bison pass, setting Somerset up on its own 40. Faulkner gained 11 yards before Beeman picked up 44 yards. After an offsides against the Bisons, Boyer picked up two yards and an Eagles first down. Beeman and Faulkner put up 26 yards.
Boyer took the ball three more times, finishing out the touchdown drive with a five-yard dash to the end zone with 4:00 remaining in the first half.
After a Hayward kick, the Eagles were up 10-0 heading into the half.
Bedford looked to have finally snapped the scoring drought against the Eagles as Aaron Henry bolted down the field, but the referees blew an inadvertent whistle calling the ball dead.
After losing three fumbles and 15 yards in penalties, Somerset set up on its own 38 after a Bison punt. Boyer moved the ball for 35 yards. Only needing 15 more yards, Beeman handed off to Boyer who took the ball in the end zone for the second time, with 25 seconds remaining in the third.
Bedford's Jacob Wirick took a mad dash down the field to put the Bisons on the board on a 62-yard touchdown run. After Austin Montgomery's PAT kick, the Bisons were only down by ten heading into the final quarter of play.
Somerset turned the ball over for the fifth time in the second half on a Bison interception. Bedford's Jeremiah Bingham picked off Beeman's pass and bolted past the goal line on a 23-yard touchdown run. After the PAT kick, Somerset held onto a three point lead with 7:00 left to play.
After the only Eagle fumble recovery in the game, Somerset's Beeman scored on a 52-yard run with 3:12 to go. After a failed PAT kick, the Eagles were up 23-14.
Bedford recovered its own loose ball at its own 44. After two failed passes, Bingham took the ball up the field for a 13-yard gain, setting them up at the Eagles' 43. Kline opted to pass to Luke Campbell who took the ball the rest of the way into the end zone with 1:37 remaining in the game.
Somerset gained 22 more yards before taking two knees to finalize its 23-21 victory.
Beeman finished the night going 2-6 for 22 yards and one interception. On the ground, the sophomore led both teams with 163 yards on 21 carries.
"I think he did a great job," added Landis on Beeman's night. "Asking a sophomore to step up and do that in a big pressure game like this, this is a game we had to win, for him to step in and to play as good as he did, he played good enough to win and that's all that matters."
Somerset will now set its sights on Forest Hills, who defeated Penn Cambria in overtime, 20-18.