Swedes still looking for first win of the season

By Steve Sell
September 29, 2016

LINDSBORG — It wasn’t until the Saint Mary game last year that Bethany College’s football team recorded its first victory of the season.

The Swedes are hoping history repeats itself.

Bethany goes into Saturday’s 1:30 p.m. game at Anderson Field with an 0-4 record and hopes the Spires again prove to be the elixir that will jump start a second-half charge.

The Swedes are 0-2 in the KCAC, having lost to Bethel and Ottawa. Saint Mary is 1-1, defeating Friends but losing to Tabor.

The big question for Bethany is at the quarterback spot. Isaiah Salazar, who was showing signs of making rapid progress, was hurt against Ottawa after he had propelled the Swedes to a 22-12 halftime lead before it unraveled in a 45-26 loss. He reportedly won’t be available this week, according to the school’s website

Blake Thornbro, a freshman, went the rest of the game. Darius Handcox, who has missed the last two games due to a suspension, is back in stead and a possibility.

Saint Mary had Friends down 41-7 in its game and played Tabor tough as it is trying to crack the upper division of the standing this year.

The Spires have been known for throwing the ball all over the lot, but the emergence of running back Easton Ridley, the KCAC’s second-leading rusher, has balanced what had been a pass-heavy attack behind quarterback Drew Cortez, who made the 300-yard game routine last year.