WICHITA — There are very few old-school football coaches left in this day and age of the spread offense.
But Friends coach Monty Lewis is one of those who would run the football every down if he could.
Lewis’ Falcons pounded out 555 rushing yards on Saturday to key a 49-30 victory over Bethany College, led by 322 on 31 carries by All-American candidate Jesse Rogers, who now has 1,361 yards.
Bethany is now 1-6 in the KCAC and 1-8 overall. It doesn’t get any easier next week as KCAC co-leader Tabor invades Anderson Field and the Bluejays love to pound the rock just about as much as Friends.
Rogers scored four touchdowns to spark a Friends offense that piled up 611 yards total, averaging almost 10 yards a play.
The Falcons exploded with 28 first-quarter points and while the Swedes showed some offensive spark, the outcome was never in doubt.
Nate Ocran tried to keep pace with Rogers as he propelled the Swede offense with 197 yards on 31 carries, his fourth straight game over 100. Dalton Goodwin caught a pair of TD passes and Anthony Jackson also caught one. Bethany had 393 yards of total offense.