NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. (WKBN) – Westminster will host Bethany on Saturday in the WKBN College Football Game of the Week.

Watch the video above to hear the season outlook from Westminster Head Coach Scott Benzel, who is entering his ninth year heading up the program.

The live telecast begins at 1 p.m. Saturday on MyYTV. The game will also be streamed live, for free, at WKBN.com and on the WKBN mobile app.

You can watch the Game of the Week:
Digital over the air at 33.2
Armstrong Cable Channel 13 and 108
Comcast Cable Channel 3
Direct TV Channel 15
MyYTV – Spectrum Channel 997 or 1008

The Titans are looking to bounce back from a 22-8 loss to Delaware Valley last week.

Westminster is seeking an eighth straight win over the Bison.

Last five meetings:
Oct. 30, 2021 – Westminster, 42-6
Mar. 19, 2021 – Westminster, 42-21
Sept. 28, 2019 – Westminster, 45-9
Sept. 22, 2018 – Westminster, 21-3
Sept. 23, 2017 – Westminster, 41-14

Last meeting:

  • Cole Konieczka completed 67% of his passes for 199 yards and four scores in Westminster’s 42-6 victory over Bethany. The Titans defensive unit allowed only 145 yards and the Bison were only able to convert on 8% of their third-down tries.

2022 team statistics:
Scoring Offense: Bethany, 26.0; Westminster, 8.0
Scoring Defense: Bethany, 16.0; Westminster, 22.0

Game notes:

  • In the Bison season opener, Bethany got by Hiram 26-16 behind three touchdown passes by Marquice Robinson (Miami Gardens, Alfred Ely Beach) last Saturday. Robinson threw for 238 yards and ran for another 48 on 10 carries. Tre-Jour Owens (Baltimore, Edmondson Westside) gained 110 yards on the ground. The Bison defense forced five turnovers.
  • Brandon Robinson begins his first season as the Bison head football coach. He previously served as Baldwin-Wallace’s offensive coordinator.
  • Last season, Bethany finished with a 1-9 mark. Their lone win came against Thiel on October 9 (28-7). Marquice Robinson served as the backup quarterback to Dom Salinetro. Robinson threw for 212 yards while completing 27 of 43 passes as a junior.
  • Bethany is seeking their first winning season since 2014 (6-5).
  • The Bison last defeated Westminster in 2014, 21-14, in overtime. The Titans were penalized 18 times.
  • A defensive battle ensued during Delaware Valley’s 22-8 win over Westminster to begin the season in Doylestown. The two offense’s combined for only 424 yards of total offense. The Titans’ Jalen Robinson caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Cole Konieczka to close the gap to 13-8 at the end of the third quarter. However, the Aggies closed out the game by extending their advantage to 22-8.
  • Titan Coach Scott Benzel enters his ninth season at the helm of the Westminster program.
  • Bethany and Westminster first met in 1909. The Titans came away with a 35-0 win.

Area standouts:

  • Bethany
    Landon Bailey (East Liverpool/LB), Cameron Bryant (East Liverpool/DL), Colin Bryant (East Liverpool/DL), Antoine Moman (East Liverpool/RB), Devinn Ruffin (Liberty/RB), Javonte Willis-Williams (Chaney/LB)
  • Westminster
    Brice Butler (Farrell/DB), Brady Callahan (Grove City/WR), Carter Chinn (Grove City/LB), Gage Dlugonski (Grove City/OL), Ty Eilam (Sharon/WR), Alleni Fryer (Niles/WR), Matthew Howard (Grove City/OL), Anthony Jackson (Farrell/RB), Zach Martin (Grove City/DB), Xavier McDonald (Wilmington/OL), Deondre McKeever (Fitch/DB), Jarred Miller (Mineral Ridge/RB), Ben Pugh (Canfield/K-P), Tyree Reeder (Ursuline/DE), Jalen Royal-Eiland (Mineral Ridge/WR), Marcel Smith-Austin (Sharon/WR), Nathan Wadsworth (Grove City/OL), Corte Williams (Sharon/DB), Lane Voytik (Sharon/QB)

Upcoming schedule:
Bethany
Sept. 24 – at Washington & Jefferson
Oct. 1 – Thiel
Oct. 8 – Grove City

Westminster
Sept. 17 – Allegheny
Oct. 1 – at Carnegie Mellon
Oct. 8 – Washington & Jefferson