Swedes set for home opener on Saturday

By Steve Sell
September 11, 2015

LINDSBORG — It’s the home opener for the Bethany College Swedes on Saturday when they entertain No. 18-ranked Langston University in the final tuneup before the start of KCAC play next week.

Game time is 7 p.m. It will be EMS Day as emergency services personnel will be honored.

The Swedes opened last week with a 51-7 loss to NCAA Division III member Houston Baptist, a game that was scheduled by former Bethany coach Manny Mataskis.

He didn’t do the Swedes any favors with such an overpowering opponent, but it should be good preparation for this week’s game, as Langston will bring to town a big, strong team.

Quarterback Mark Wright is the Lions’ pinwheel, as last week he threw for 258 yards and ran for another 72. 

Bethany will try to get its offense rebooted as quarterback Virgil Bridges hopes the ground game can provide a complement to his passing. Swede running backs basically banged their heads against the wall last week, with backup Nathaniel Ocran the leader with 38 yards, while preseason KCAC pick Tevis Linnebur was held in check.

Saturday’s game is one of only two on the KCAC schedule this week as the other teams are preparing for the start of conference play.

The Swedes open KCAC play next week at Bethel before returning home to play defending champion Ottawa on Sept. 26.