Struggling Swedes host Friends on Saturday

By Steve Sell
October 29, 2015

LINDSBORG — When looking at the KCAC football schedule before the season, Saturday’s matchup of Friends against Bethany College at Anderson Field was expected to be one of teams in the conference’s upper division.

Instead, it’s a game of two teams that perhaps have underachieved more than any in the KCAC.

A year ago, the Falcons were 8-3 and the Swedes 7-4. Expectations ran rampant prior to the season and both were near-cinches to finish in the Top 5.

But Saturday, those expected contenders enter with a combined three wins as the Falcons are 2-6 overall and the Swedes 1-7.

Kickoff is 1:30 p.m.

Friends’ fall has perhaps been the most curious. The Falcons still have all the physical attributes that have come to typify a Monty Lewis-coached team. But they have flailed on the offensive side of the ball, with running back Jesse Rogers their only consistent playmaker.

Bethany, meanwhile, saw its season crater early when it lost to Bethel and the Swedes reached their emotional low last week by being ambushed by arch-rival Kansas Wesleyan, at home no less. This is thus a big game for Bethany, especially since nationally ranked Tabor is up next week at Hillsboro before it closes with a home game against winless McPherson College. If the Swedes don’t win Saturday, the finale with Mac could determine which team finishes in ninth or last.