Swedes blow 14-point lead in 30-23 loss

By Steve Sell
September 20, 2015

NORTH NEWTON — Bethel College won the battle of the “BCs” as it roared back from a 20-6 deficit to hand Bethany College a punch-in-the-gut 30-23 loss on Saturday in the KCAC football opener for both teams.

The Swedes are now 0-3 overall.

“Once we got the lead I thought we got comfortable,” Swede coach Paul Hubbard said.  “You can't get comfortable because then you'll start coasting and that is when bad things happen, whether that is penalties, or missed tackles, or missed blocks, whatever the case is. But you can't have that mental lapse in the game of football.”

The Threshers overcame some horrific special teams play, as they did not convert after any of their five touchdowns. Bethel also had what would have been a clinching field goal attempt blocked, with set up a last-ditch Bethany rally.

The Swedes appeared to score late which would have tied the game, but a penalty wiped it out. Virgil Bridges had hooked up with Nile Daniel for a possible tying score, but the flag came out and took it away. Bridges was then sacked and the Threshers had the first win of the Morris Lolar era, while Hubbard is still looking for his initial win since taking over at his old school.

Bethel dominated the game statistically with 391 total yards, 237 on the ground as Preston Oliver pounded out 139 on 23 carries to lead the way. He ran for two touchdowns.

For the Swedes, Bridges and Tevis Linnebur scored on TD runs and Roman Roberson returned an interception for a score. Adam Maish added a field goal.

The Swedes, though, struggled to just 266 yards of total offense. Linnebur rushed for 50 yards on 16 carries and Bridges threw for 125, much of that to Daniel.

Bethany returns home Saturday to take on defending KCAC champion Ottawa, which will be hopping mad after being crushed by Tabor on Saturday, 43-17.