STERLING — Sterling College’s offense entered Saturday’s football game with Bethany as the highest-scoring team in the KCAC.
It did nothing to hurt its average.
The 25th-ranked Warriors, after a slow start, piled up eight touchdowns in a 56-6 rout of the Swedes, who are now 0-3 in the KCAC and 0-6 overall.
Probable KCAC Player of the Year Cedrick Phillips confounded the Bethany defense, piling up 441 total yards of total offense. He was 23 of 35 through the air for 355 yards and one touchdown. He also carried 16 times for 86 yards and two scores, second to Aaron Chisholm, who had 11 carries for 134 yards and three touchdowns.
Sterling’s defense, which had been last in the KCAC, held Bethany to 289 yards and just one score. The Warriors harassed Bethany quarterback Darius Handcox, sacking him a whopping eight times for 55 negative yards.
Bethany trailed 21-6 at intermission, but it was an avalanche for the Warriors in the second half with five touchdowns.
A bright spot for Bethany was Nate Ocran, who punished Sterling for a 142 yards on 20 carries. He had the only Swede score with a 35-yard gallop in the first half.
Bethany may get that elusive first win of the season on Saturday when it hosts fellow winless foe Southwestern in the annual homecoming game.