Swedes stop slide by routing Friends

By Steve Sell
November 01, 2015

LINDSBORG —It was billed as a game matching the two most disappointing football teams in the KCAC this season.

Now that distinction belongs solely to the Friends Falcons.

Friends, the preseason pick by the coaches to win the KCAC, is now 2-5 in the conference and 2-7 overall after being routed 38-14 by a Bethany team that had entered Saturday with just one victory after going 7-4 last season.

Friends jumped out to an early 14-3 lead, but Bethany responded by scoring the game’s final 35 points for its first home win under first-year coach Paul Hubbard.

“It feels great to get a win, especially at home,” Hubbard said. “I'm proud of our guys, they fought through adversity and showed some passion. Our guys went out, competed and had fun. It was a good afternoon for us on all sides of the ball.”

It took eight weeks, but the Swedes may have found themselves a quarterback. Bo Savage, who has shared time with Virgil Bridges for two years, perhaps grabbed the job moving forward for the final two weeks and for 2016 as he shredded the Falcons for 306 yards and four touchdowns.

Ricky Alexander had three catches for 163 yards and two scores, while Nile Daniel and Zach Garza also caught TD strikes. 

Malcom Jenkins got into the scoring act with a pick-six, returning an interception 32 yards for a score.

Bethany’s specialists also were outstanding, as Adam Maisch added a field goal and Brett Crome had six punts for a 51.7 average, which probably will earn him KCAC Special Teams Player of the Week.

Despite the score, Friends actually had more yards of total offense, 436-426. Jesse Rogers piled up 106 yards on 26 carries.

Bethany improved to 2-5 in the KCAC and 2-7 overall, but that glow could be short-lived as it plays Saturday at No. 11-ranked Tabor, which steamrolled McPherson College 62-0 on Saturday.