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RADIO Live: 100.9/100.1 The Eagle (Bluefield) Kes Blackwell and Bill Dudley INTERNET Live audio stream: Live stats: COACHING MATCH-UP BLUEFIELD HEAD COACH MIKE GRAVIER Alma Mater: Grandvalley State First Season at BC: 0-0 Sixth Season Overall: 30-12-1 PIKEVILLE HEAD COACH DUDLEY HILTON Alma Mater: St. Catharine College Second Season at UP: 4-6 Second Season Overall: 4-6 NEXT GAME AT MITCHELL * The Rams will face perhaps their toughest inaugural-season foe in their next home game, when BC hosts the No. 4 Tigers of Georgetown College on Saturday, Sept. 1 (1 p.m.). Last season GC went all the way to the NAIA Semifinals before losing their first contest of the year. YOUTH FACES * Bluefield College’s week-one depth chart (as of Aug. 19) features 51 freshman (25 first-teamers and 26 back-ups). Overall, Saturday’s varsity roster features 66 freshman players. RAM FOOTBALL FIRSTS * Bluefield College first played a varsity football game on October 14, 1922. * BC tied its first game, Oct. 27, 1923. Bluefield College held Roanoke College JV squad scoreless to secure a 0-0 result at the Fairgrounds Stadium. * Bluefield College won its first game Nov. 17, 1923, 24-0, over Alderson Academy from West Virginia. GAME 1 Seventy-one years in the making the Rams return to the gridiron. Bluefield College returns to Mitchell Stadium where they called home from its first year in 1935 through their last season in 1941. During that time Mullie LeNoir led the Red, White, & Blue to a 19-10-0 mark before Tony Lotito took BC to a 3-1 in their final season. The Rams enter their first season under the programs eighth head coach, Mike Gravier. The Grandvalley State alum helped start Malone University (Ohio) in the mid 1990’s. The Pioneers went undefeated in their third regular season and ended with a 10-1-1 record, winning the MSFA for the first of three times in four seasons under Gravier. MEET THE BEARS • The University of Pikeville is located in Pikeville, Ky., and was founded in 1888. UPike has an enrollment of 1,841, and is home to the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine. The school offers 20 sports, competing in the NAIA and the Mid-South Conference. • UPike established its football program in 2001. The Bears made their only postseason appearance in 2005. • The Bears are led by second-year head coach Dudley Hilton, who led the Bears to a 4-6 record in his debut season. Along-time high school football coach in Kentucky before taking over for Pikeville in 2011, Hilton won three state championships and picked up 345 wins in his 36 years coaching high school football. BEARS A YEAR AGO • After opening the season 4-1, the Bears lost their final five games en route to a 4-6 record in 2011 and finished tied for fifth in the Mid-South with a 1-4 conference record. The Bears were 3-3 at home and 1-3 in road games. • The Bears averaged 405.3 yards per game (4053 total) on offense and allowed 426.9 (4269 total) yards per game. They averaged 128.8 rushing yards per game (1288 total) and 246.5 passing yards per game (2465 total). • Pikeville is led by returning quarterback Trevor Hoskins, who threw for 2,654 yards in 2011 (265.4 yards per game) and 27 touchdowns, while adding three rushing touchdowns.

2012 BC Football Guide

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