Swedes journey to Iowa on Saturday

By Steve Sell
September 12, 2014

LINDSBORG — Bethany College’s football team hopes to hold up its end of the bargain in Saturday’s KCAC-Heart of America Challenge.

The Swedes are one of the few KCAC teams probably favored in the 10-game schedule between the conferences as they play at 1 p.m. at Graceland in Lemoni, Iowa.

Graceland was no match last year for KCAC member McPherson College, getting hammered 34-0.

Bethany lost to Avila 41-14 in its KCAC-HOA matchup last year, so it hopes to end the two-year challenge with a split.

The Swedes are coming off a season-opening 21-14 victory over Southwestern Assemblies of God when Virgil Bridges scored on a 1-yard run in the game’s final seconds. The score wasn’t a true indication of the Swedes’ dominance, as they had a 2-1 advantage in offensive plays.

Graceland began its season with a 40-10 loss to defending national champion Grandview, Iowa. The Yellowjackets, so offensively challenged last year, unveiled a new weapon in quarterback Myles King. He threw for 257 yards last week, but the Jackets’ ground game struggled mightily.

The Swedes continue to add players on a weekly basis as more and more are being deemed eligible by the national clearing house. They are nearly at full strength after more than 30 were held out of a scrimmage against Hutchinson Community College. The most exciting addition this week, reportedly, is transfer Raahmil Brantley, who according to the Bethany website had 21 Division I offers out of high school and was the 37th-ranked running back in 2012. If he’s the real deal, the Swedes’ prospects are greatly enhanced.

Following Saturday’s game, the Swedes open KCAC play on Sept. 20 at Ottawa.