Swedes on the road again Saturday

By Steve Sell
September 09, 2016

LINDSBORG — Bethany College not only will be attempting to secure its first football win of the year on Saturday, it will be trying for its first touchdown of the year.

The Swedes are coming off a 42-3 loss to Hastings College in their season opener and Saturday’s game against Langston University, to be played at 6 p.m. at Oklahoma City’s Douglass High School, offers another top-notch opponent.

Langston, which defeated Bethany 33-14 last year in Lindsborg, is coming off a 23-13 victory over Lincoln University in its season opener. The Lions were 7-3 last season and were an offensive machine, scoring at least 32 points in nine of 10 games.

Langston’s offense in its opener wasn’t as prolific as last year, even though it returns athletic quarterback Mark Wright. He threw for 171 yards last week and rushed for a team-high 51. The Lions were held to just 121 yards on the ground.

Bethany’s offense really struggled last week as it did not reach the 200-yard mark. Running back Nate Ocran was a bright spot with 79 yards on 19 carries. The Swedes did lose starting quarterback Kyler Arter early in the game with an injury, with Darius Handcox finishing up.