SALINA — Kansas Wesleyan spotted arch-rival Bethany College an early 16-7 lead on Saturday, but the Coyotes remained tied for the KCAC top spot with a come-from-behind 49-27 victory.
KW scored 21 points in both the first and third quarters to move to 5-1 in the KCAC and 7-1 overall.
The Swedes are just 1-5 and 1-7, but once again showed they’re a better team than their record indicates.
The high-octane KW offense racked up 463 yards, but it was Bethany that possessed the ball for 93 plays and totaled 400 yards.
Bethany running back Nate Ocran pounded out 138 yards on 32 carries and scored a touchdown. Michael Wimberly caught a pair of TD passes from Isaiah Salazar, while the Swedes added a pair of field goals, one by James Augusta and the other by Kyle Gfeller.
Freshman DeMarco Prewitt led the Coyotes, scoring three times and rushing for 100 yards on 21 carries. LonDarius Thomas, who once played for Bethany before transferring, rushed for 80 yards and two more scores. Yet another former Swede, Kelton Evans, grabbed a touchdown pass.
With Southwestern upsetting Bethel on Saturday, the Swedes are now tied with McPherson College and Southwestern for the eighth-through-10th spots in the KCAC.
Bethany plays Saturday at Friends.