Swedes, OU both after first win

By Steve Sell
September 22, 2016

LINDSBORG — Somebody is going to be happy for the first time this season on Saturday.

Either Bethany College or Ottawa University will record its first football win of the season when the teams meet at 1 p.m. in Ottawa.

Both teams are 0-1 in the KCAC and 0-3 overall. Bethany began the KCAC portion of its schedule last week with a 26-9 loss to Bethel, while Ottawa suffered a 44-25 defeat at the hands of defending KCAC champion Tabor.

For the Swedes, it’s all about finishing what they start. They have been moving the ball well between the 20s, but have been shooting themselves with turnovers down by the goal line.

Isaiah Salazar will get the start again at quarterback in place of the suspended Darius Handcox, who should be back next week. The Swedes also will be without top rusher Nate Ocran, who is out with a broken hand. Louis Gonzalez showed a lot of promise last week in his stead with 71 yards on 15 carries, most of that in the second half.

Bethany will try to move against a physical OU defense that is led by McPherson High graduate Zach Lanning, arguably one of the best linemen in the KCAC.

Ottawa has relied on the passing game with the two-headed quarterback duo of Dylan Walter and Connor Byers, who is the grandson of legendary Bethany coach Ted Kessinger.

This is the third road game in four outings for the Swedes.