Swedes hang on to clip Bethel

By Steve Sell
September 24, 2017

NORTH NEWTON — Bethany College used a little bit of everything to secure its 37-33 football victory over Bethel College on Saturday in the battle of “BCs.”

Offense, defense and special teams all contributed, with the defense led by J.J. Moore’s pick-6 that he returned 50 yards, while Michael Wimberly had a 70-yard punt return for a touchdown to spark the special teams. The Swedes also came up with a safety on a high punt.

The Swedes have started 3-0 for the first time since Paul Hubbard took over as head coach and will try to make it 4-0 at home next Saturday against a struggling Ottawa team coached by former Swede Kent Kessinger. 

The Swedes were down 13-2 early before righting the ship.

The Swedes overcame a monstrous eight turnovers to win. Freshman running back Aaron Knox emerged as a force with 163 yards on 31 carries and a touchdown. Isaiah Salazar, who threw for a Swede school record seven touchdowns last week, was just 11 of 23 for 80 yards and picked off five times. He did hit Rodney Molette with the clinching touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. Earlier Salazar had thrown a scoring strike to Wimberly.

Bethel’s Reggie Young may be the KCAC’s Defensive Player of the Week despite the loss. He came up with three interceptions and had a 60-yard fumble return late in the game to set up Bethel’s final touchdown.