LINDSBORG — Bethany College lost the football game, but may have found itself a new quarterback.
The Swedes were blasted 49-18 on Saturday on Senior Day by the Friends Falcons, but it was a freshman quarterback that provided the only Bethany spark.
Southeast of Saline freshman Bryce Banks, the third quarterback used, threw for 131 yards in 1 1/2 quarters, including a 53-yard TD pass on his first collegiate attempt, as he served notice that he is a candidate for more playing time.
Friends had four INTs in the first half, two of them returned for touchdowns to lead 35-0. The Falcons also were doing it offensively with 342 yards, compared to 35 for the Swedes, who were once the No. 1 offensive team in the KCAC.
Banks threw a pair of TD passes to Michael Milbourne. The Swedes had a defensive TD as well on a 75-yard fumble return by Deauntre Roberts.
Friends finished with 510 total yards and Bethany had just 161.
After a promising 5-1 start, the Swedes have now lost three in a row to drop to 5-4 (4-4 in the KCAC) and it doesn’t get any easier next week when they finish their season at conference co-leader Tabor, which has plenty to play for as it still has some semblance of hope of making the playoffs.