BARBOURVILLE, Ky. – Turnovers set the tone for the game from the start as visiting Bluefield College (Ky.) handed Union College a 58-21 homecoming loss on Saturday.
The loss drops the Bulldogs to 1-7 overall and 0-4 in the Mid-South Conference (MSC) Appalachian Division, while the Rams improve to 4-5 overall and 1-2 in divisional play.
Bluefield jumped out to a 14-0 lead thanks to a pair of turnovers. Tyrice Henry returned an interception 47 yards for a touchdown midway through the first. Early in the second, Michael Everett returned a fumble 23 yards to the Union 1, where the Rams punched it in on the next play for a 14-0 advantage with 13:50 left in the half.
Down 21-0, Union finally cracked the scoring column when Izayah Riettie scampered 6 yards out for the score with 1:30 left in the half. The scoring run capped an eight-play, 73-yard drive for the Bulldogs.
However, Bluefield was not ready to head into the locker room, needing only five plays to cover 61 yards for another touchdown. Cason Whitt hit Charles Black for a 19-yard strike to make it 28-7 at the break.
Even though Union scored twice in the third, Bluefield tallied 27 points in the quarter to open up a 55-21 cushion.
Bluefield scored twice within the first five minutes of the third to stretch its lead to 35-7. Whitt hit Antonio Strickland for a 35-yard scoring play before adding a 7-yard touchdown run.
Riettie scored his second touchdown of the game on a 3-yard run, and Anthony Kelsey returned an interception 37 yards for a score to pull Union within 41-21 with 7:19 remaining in the third.
Yet, the Rams continued to find the end zone with Malik Brown tacking on an 18-yard touchdown run and Henry returning a punt 36 yards for six points. After three quarters, Bluefield owned a 55-21 advantage.
Tanner Griffith booted a 32-yard field goal in the fourth to make the final 58-21.