Football Swedes on the road Saturday

By Steve Sell
October 01, 2015

LINDSBORG— All the pieces to the puzzle seemingly are there. But for some reason, they’re not fitting together.

A massive offensive line, one of the KCAC’s biggest. Two experienced quarterbacks. An All-KCAC preseason pick at running back. Maybe the most dynamic receiver in the conference. A defense with a lot of speed and strength. Arguably the best special teams in the conference in terms of a punter-kicker combination.

Yet all of those ingredients, when mixed together, have not produced a victory for the Bethany College football team.

The Swedes enter Week 5 with an 0-4 record (0-2 in the KCAC) and hope to end the skid on Saturday when they play at Saint Mary. The game will be played at Leavenworth High School at 1:30 p.m.

Saint Mary comes in 1-1 in the KCAC, with the win an impressive one —27-14 over Friends. The Spires throw the ball all over the lot as last week freshman Drew Cortez launched the pig 61 times and completed 34 for 434 yards, though it was all for naught in a 52-25 loss to Tabor.

Cole Williams hauled in 11 aerials for 167 yards, while Antonio Cannon and Shaun Edwards were both over 100 yards in receiving as they combined for 16 catches.

Virgil Bridges should be back at quarterback this week for the Swedes after Bo Savage took command due to injury. The Swedes want to get their ground game going as they have two of the best backs in the conference in Tevis Linnebur and Jasaan Eley, who operate behind a 300-pound-plus offensive line. Tabor went over 400 yards on the ground against Saint Mary last week, so the Swedes should have a field day to keep the ball away from the pass-happy Spires.