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Zaire Bethea of South Orange on Winning James Madison University Football Team

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Zaire Bethea of South Orange and James Madison Win FCS National Championship Credits: JMU
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JMU celebrates its second national championship in program history after a 28-14 victory over Youngstown State. Credits: JMU
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HARRISONBURG, VA - Zaire Bethea of South Orange was on the winning James Madison (JMU) football team that held Youngstown State (YSU) to 292 total yards and rolled to a 28-14 victory, as the JMU Dukes captured the 2016 FCS Football Championship, the second title in program history.

According to the JMU Sports website, Zaire Bethea, No.67, attended DePaul Catholic High School in Wayne and is an Offensive Lineman on JMU's football team. Bethea is the son of Darvin and Kim Bethea, and has two siblings, Zion and Zarria.

The Dukes, who finished the season 14-1 and undefeated against FCS foes, saw their defensive line dominate from start to finish, holding the Penguins (12-4) to just 21 rushing yards after YSU entered the contest averaging 257.5 yards on the ground.

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Senior linebacker Gage Steele had an all-around dominant performance by the JMU defense player, racking up six tackles, including five solo stops, a pair of sacks and a pass breakup as the Dukes forced a pair of crucial turnovers in the third quarter to put the game away.

No defensive player had more tackles for the Dukes than junior defensive back Jordan Brown's seven, but nine different players had at least three, while sophomore defensive back Curtis Oliver picked off his second pass of the season and sophomore Darrious Carter scooped up a fumble.

Senior running back Khalid Abdullah ended his career in style, rushing 26 times for 101 yards and a pair of scores for an afternoon that put him atop the JMU record books in career touchdowns, single-season touchdowns and single-season rushing yards.

The Dukes needed just 12 passes to take home the trophy, as junior quarterback Bryan Schor went 7-of-12 for 112 yards with a pair of first-quarter touchdowns to junior tight end Jonathan Kloosterman and senior wide receiver Rashard Davis.

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