LINDSBORG — Bethany College’s offense continues to spin its wheels.
The Swedes entered their KCAC football opener at Anderson Field having scored just 10 points in their first two games and it didn’t get much better Saturday night with a 26-9 loss to Bethel, a game marked by more Bethany turnovers that continue to short-circuit its offense.
The Swedes gave the football away four times and Bethel made them pay as Bethany fell to 0-3.
Bethel led 19-0 at the half. It was 13-0 when Bethany was on the verge of scoring, but fumbled the ball away at the Thresher 1.
Three plays later, Bethel quarterback Matt Jones threw a 75-yard TD strike to Gary Jolivet and the Threshers were up 19-0, which for all intents and purposes decided the game.
Louis Gonzales, who had 71 yards rushing on 15 carries, scored the only Bethany touchdown late in the game. James Augusta had kicked a 36-yard field goal earlier in the quarter.
Isaiah Salazar, in his first Swede start, did throw for 234 yards after hitting on just two of his first 11 passes. Bethany had 268 yards of total offense, but was upstaged by the 441 by the Threshers.
Jones threw for 229 yards and Jaylen Sikes pounded out 189 yards to spark the Bethel offense.
“It's the same mistakes over and over again which leads to losses," Bethany coach Paul Hubbard said. "We definitely did not perform at all the way we were supposed to. If we keep having the same mistakes, the outcome will not change."
Somebody is going to win for the first time when Bethany travels Saturday to Ottawa. The Braves, like Bethany, are off to an 0-3 start, which is a rarity under the guidance of former Swede All-American Kent Kessinger.