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Football, Volleyball, Cross Country Look to Finish Strong

Buccaneers football is currently 0-7. Averaging 7.2 points per game. On the year, the offense averages 140 yards per game. The offense is led by Jacob Shafer’24. Who, in their last game, against Lawrence University, threw for two touchdowns. One to AJ Fitzpatrick’24 and one to Jeto-Rivar Sanon’24. With those two passes the Bucs are now up to seven touchdowns on the year, scoring double digits in just their second game.

While the defense has given up on average 46 points per game, that is not to say they are not doing anything right. They create turnovers and cause fumbles. In the last game, they had a 27 yard scoop and score and an interception. They also recovered two more fumbles. Bringing their totals to three interceptions and seven fumble recoveries. 

This is Shafer’s first year at the helm. While everyone looks to the quarterback when things go wrong, he and the coaches both know it is a long process. Shafer said, “We just look to get better every play…every down, every practice, and every game are opportunities to get better and improve.” He also wrote in that same email interview with the Round Table that they can only worry about what they can control. And that will lead to success on the field. 

While the performance on the gridiron is what it is, there is a lot to look forward to. The Bucs are young, a lot of sophomores and freshmen are seeing their first college football action this year. Add to that the juniors who may not have played a lot as freshmen and this Bucs team is very inexperienced. Next year, everybody on the team will have experience and will know what to expect out of themselves and one another. 

It’s not just about the game, relationships off the field are equally important. I know I hear some of the players in Commons laughing and having a good time. Shafer says, “at the end of the day we are family and that’s how we view things.” The Bucs are on the road Nov. 6 at Lake Forest and then they finish their season Nov. 13 against Illinois College.

The Beloit College volleyball team is 7-16, and 1-6 in conference. That lone conference win came against Lawernce, who is the only team below Beloit in the rankings. Not the record they were shooting for, but with all but one player returning, I’m sure there is a lot to look forward to. Komachi Naoe’24 said in an email interview “Even though progress shows up slowly, we do not stop and do not give up. We believe in what we do in practice and apply it in court.” 

When we last saw the Bucs in action they had just lost to second place Grinnell at home. Since that time, they have gone 2-7; beating Lawrence University and getting their revenge against Maranatha Baptist University. The Bucs’ most recent matches came on Oct 22 and 23. Oct 22 was their revenge on MBU. On Oct 23 they split, losing to Calumet College 3-1 and beating Mount Mercy University 3-1. Each of the first three sets against Mount Mercy were close. MMU took the first set 25-22. But the Bucs took the final three by scores of 25-20, 25-23 and 25-8.

Much like football and other sports the relationships between players off the court are just as valuable as winning. They did not get quite the break other students got as they played on Oct. 12, right in the middle of Fall Break. Leaving the team with a lot of  time to kill in between practice and games. How did they spend it you might ask? According to the “bucsvb” Instagram page they spent one day doing escape rooms. A really fun activity to build bonds and trust. They cooked at least one of their own meals, showing off their culinary skills and spent some time at Skelly’s Farm Market just up the road in Janesville. They finish their year at home against Ripon, the team above them in the standings, on Oct. 30.

Both men’s and women’s cross country compete in the conference tournament Saturday Oct. 30 in Ripon. We will have results from that meet in the upcoming issue. Until then, if you see the runners around campus, wish them luck as it will be the seniors’ final meet.

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