LINDSBORG — It’s been a disappointing start to the KCAC football season for Bethany College’s Swedes, as they are saddled with a 1-3 conference record and 1-5 mark overall.
The Swedes hope to break out of a three-way tie for seventh place on Saturday when they take on a team of similar ilk, Southwestern.
Game time at Winfield’s Jantz Stadium is 1:30 p.m.
Southwestern’s win came in its KCAC opener against McPherson College, but has since dropped three in a row. Bethany’s victory was the result of a roaring comeback against Saint Mary when it erased a 16-point third-quarter deficit for an 18-16 victory.
Southwestern lost only 31-20 to KCAC co-leader Tabor last week, but looks can be deceiving. The Bluejays were up 31-0 before pumping the brakes in the fourth quarter as the Builders scored 20 cosmetic points against Tabor’s backups.
Bethany is coming off a 37-34 loss to Sterling as it allowed nearly 600 yards of total offense, yet Swede defensive end Freddie Frazier earned KCAC Defensive Player of the Week even though Sterling quarterback Cedric Phillips rushed for 307 yards.
The Swedes could make a big move as the season overlaps into the second half. They still have 1-5 Friends to play as well as 0-5 McPherson College, with both of those games at Anderson Stadium.
The other two games are against KCAC co-leaders Kansas Wesleyan and Tabor, the KW game being at home next week in a renewal of the most bitter rivalry in the KCAC.