LINDSBORG — Cedric Phillips, a quicksilver freshman quarterback, was a one-man wrecking crew for Sterling College on Saturday as his amazing day led the Warriors past Bethany College 37-34 to spoil the Swedes’ homecoming.
Bethany continued its tough-luck season as it’s now 1-5 overall, 1-3 in conference play.
Phillips, just 162 pounds soaking wet but jet quick, had the Swedes grabbing at air much of the day as he rushed 30 times for 327 yards and threw for another 98 to probably wrap up KCAC Player of the Week honors. He scored two touchdowns on runs of 19 and 10 yards.
Neither teams’ defense showed up on the day, as the game produced an amazing 1,089 yards of total offense.
Sterling accumulated 552 yards and Bethany had 537.
The loss spoiled some nice individual performances by the Swedes. Bo Savage came off the bench to throw for 261 yards, while Kayden Clements ran for 112 on 16 carries. Anthony Jackson caught seven balls for 128 yards. Defensively, Freddie Frazier was in on 11 tackles.
Sterling led 21-13 at the half and stretched it to 37-20 at one point before the Swedes stormed back with two touchdowns in the final 1:43.
Clements scored two of the Swedes’ touchdowns, while Jackson and Tony Pitt caught TD passes. Adam Maisch added a pair of field goals.
“Our guys fought to the end and it was great to see that there was no quit in them,” Bethany coach Paul Hubbard said. “ But we definitely have some room for improvement going forward."
The Swedes go to Southwestern on Saturday and one team will get its second KCAC win of the year as both are 1-3 in the conference.