LINDSBORG — For a football team on a three-game slide, Kansas Wesleyan is probably the last opponent you want to see.
But that’s what the Bethany Swedes face on Saturday as their most bitter arch-rival invades Anderson Field for a 7 p.m. matchup that will surely pack the stands, especially with Coyote supporters as they believe this is a magical year.
The Coyotes are ranked No. 12 in the country with a bullet as they have overwhelmed everything in their path behind an offense that is putting up just short of 60 points a game and a defense that held KCAC preseason favorite Sterling to just 7 points.
For Bethany, that’s not good news. The Swedes are 1-4 in the KCAC and 1-5 overall. Their defense has been annihilated in recent games, giving up 6 touchdown passes in the first half alone last week in a 52-7 loss to Southwestern.
Kansas Wesleyan’s highlights are an 83-0 rout of Friends and a devastating 70-24 drubbing of then-undefeated Ottawa. Given the intense dislike between the schools, don’t expect the Coyotes to hold back Saturday if they have a chance to step on the gas as that hasn’t been their MO this year.
The Swedes have a puncher’s chance behind quarterback Isaiah Salazar and maybe the best quartet of receivers in the KCAC in Dalton Goodwin, Mike Milbourne, Jafar Thomas and Peter Garza.
But the Swedes’ defense is giving up 45 points a game and has been vulnerable against the pass. It now faces probable KCAC Player of the Year in transfer Johnny Feauto, who somehow slipped through the NCAA cracks and is dominating the NAIA level like no KCAC quarterback since Shane Mascarenas at McPherson College in 2009-10.
Also unfortunate for the Swedes is that they have no open date until the end of the season as their bye week is in the final week of the season, so there’s no breather.