Football Swedes play Saturday at Friends

By Steve Sell
October 27, 2016

LINDSBORG — The Bethany College Swedes are looking to get out of a three-way tie at the bottom of the KCAC football standings.

The Swedes, McPherson College and Southwestern are all 1-5 in the KCAC for eighth, ninth and 10th place.

Bethany could break out of that tie on Saturday when it travels to Wichita to take on Friends.

Meanwhile, Mac and Southwestern will be considerable underdogs in their games against Tabor and Ottawa, respectively. Mac and Bethany still have to play, with that game the final Saturday at McPherson Stadium.

The Swedes are better than their 1-5 conference record and 1-7 overall mark indicate. They led KCAC tri-leader Kansas Wesleyan 16-7 in last week’s game before the wheels came off in a 49-27 setback. The Coyotes used Bethany turnovers to pile up some easy points.

Friends is 4-3 in the KCAC and was edged 32-27 last week by Tabor, which all but dashed its championship hopes. 

The Falcons are led by Jesse Rogers, who against McPherson College lugged the pig 41 times for 182 yards and is the only back in the KCAC over the 1,000-yard mark with 1,039.

Nate Ocran continues to be a constant for Bethany as he has strung together three straight 100-yard rushing games. The Swedes have a two-headed monster at quarterback as Isaiah Salazar and Darius Handcox have both had their moments this year where they have sparkled.

Kickoff Saturday at Adair-Austin Stadium is 1:30 p.m.