LINDSBORG — The Bethany College Swedes are out of the basement.
In a battle of last-place KCAC football teams, the Swedes celebrated homecoming on Saturday with a 28-20 win over Southwestern.
It was Bethany’s first success of the year after six losses to open the season. It is 1-4 in the KCAC.
It appeared to be a no-stress day for the Swedes as they sprinted to a 28-7 halftime lead, but Southwestern made them sweat at the end.
Javan Moore provided the first Swede points with a Pick 6, going 65 yards. Darius Handcox then found Anthony Jackson for a TD strike of 41 yards and before the half was over, Mike Wimberly ran 7 yards for a score and then he caught a TD pass of 9 yards from Handcox.
Handcox was injured in the third quarter and never returned.
Bethany had 335 yards of total offense, led by running back Nate Ocran as he rushed for 111 yards on 24 carries. Southwestern, which snapped it 83 times, had 332 yards.
“Our defense stayed tough and didn't let any plays they gave up get them down," Bethany coach Paul Hubbard said. "They made a lot of good plays today and stopped Southwestern at the end of the game which was huge."
The schedule turns difficult for the Swedes. They play next Saturday at nationally ranked Kansas Wesleyan, which is now tied for the KCAC lead after knocking off Tabor 45-42 on Saturday. Then is another road game at Friends, followed by a home game against Tabor.