WINFIELD — The Bethany College Swedes fell into the trap.
And it quite possibly cost them a chance at the KCAC football title.
Coming off an emotional win over then-15th-ranked Sterling and with No. 24 Kansas Wesleyan coming into Lindsborg next week, the Swedes needed to stay focused Saturday and take care of business against ninth-place Southwestern, which had just one win on the year entering the day.
Perhaps a sign of things to come was that the game was moved up to 11 a.m., because of storms heading into the area.
Apparently the Swedes didn’t hit the alarm.
They were down 28-0 before a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns closed the final margin to 28-14.
Bethany is now 4-2 in the KCAC. Tabor and Kansas Wesleyan, both 4-1 entering the weekend, were supposed to play on Saturday, but weather forced a postponement to today. Sterling fended off Bethel’s upset challenge 31-26 and at this point is a half-game ahead at 5-1.
Bethany slept-walked through a 21-0 first half and has not won in Winfield since 2006.
The Swedes’ fourth-quarter scores were on a pick-6 by Dominic Delmaso and an 18-yard pass from Isaiah Salazar to Michael Milbourne with 18 seconds left in the game.
Salazar threw for 244 yards, with Rodney Molette catching 10 for 105 yards. Jafar Thomas led the ground game with 62 yards.
Bethany, 5-2 overall, needs to knock off arch-rival KW on Saturday at Anderson Field to have any chance at the KCAC title.