Baldwin grad receives player of week plaudit
Baldwin High School grad Jordan Joyce, a junior defensive back on the Bethany College football team, has been named the Presidents' Athletic Conference defensive player of the week.
The 5-foot-10, 180-pound safety recorded seven tackles and tied the Bethany single-game record with two interceptions in Bethany's 26-13 win at Thiel on Saturday.
Joyce's first interception came late in the third quarter and ended a Thiel drive at the Bison 13.
With the momentum from the turnover, Bethany moved 87 yards for the go-ahead touchdown in the first minute of the fourth quarter to take a 12-7 advantage.
Later in the fourth period, Joyce, a psychology major, picked off another Tomcat aerial and a short return gave Bethany possession at the Thiel 43-yard line.
On the next play, Bethany connected for a touchdown pass that pushed the Bison lead out to 19-7.
With one more score and behind a defense that allowed just 283 yards and 13 points, Bethany went on to the win, its fourth in a row over Thiel.
“Jordan made some big plays for us on Saturday,” Tim Weaver, Bethany's head coach, said. “One of his interceptions ended a drive in the red zone, and the other came just after we had turned the ball over, so they were both at key times.
“We've needed somebody to make some plays in critical situations and Jordan did that on Saturday, and it really helped our whole team.”
For the season, Joyce is tied for third on the team with 35 tackles, and his three interceptions is not only tops on the squad but is also third in the conference.
The local athlete is joined on the Bethany squad by his brothers, Jeff, a senior defensive back, and Jeremy, a freshman wide receiver.
Ray Fisher is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5820 or firstname.lastname@example.org.