Key road test for Swedes on Saturday

By Steve Sell
October 03, 2014

LINDSBORG — Bethany College’s football team has demonstrated a split personality this season.

The Swedes seemingly have been really good or really bad, which is one reason they’re off to a 2-2 start, 1-1 in the parity-clad KCAC.

They were really good two weeks ago in the 34-24 upset of nationally ranked Ottawa, then really bad last week in an inexplicable 43-19 loss to Saint Mary, which had invaded Anderson Stadium without a victory in its pocket.

Coach Manny Matsakis hopes it’s the good Swedes on Saturday when they travel to Sterling to take on the defending KCAC champion Warriors.

Kickoff at Smisor Stadium is set for 1:30 p.m.

The Swedes rocketed out of the gates last week by scoring on the game’s first possession against Saint Mary, then saw the Spires unfurl 43 of the game’s final 55 points. Bethany was awash in turnovers, coughing it up six times and according to Matsakis, endured some game slippage that included penalties and blown assignments.

Sterling may be the best 1-3 team in the country. It has narrow losses to Concordia University and nationally ranked Baker, while it’s 1-1 in the KCAC. The win was a solid performance against then-nationally ranked Friends on the Falcons’ home turf, while last week their conference record was leveled with a 19-3 loss to No. 3-ranked Tabor.

The Warriors have perhaps the most athletic collection of skill players in the KCAC in quicksilver quarterback Reggie Langford, sprinter-fast running back Antonio Bray and the multi-dimensional Dentton Hudspeth. However, Tabor limited the Warriors to an almost-unfathomable 77 yards of total offense in an awesome defensive display last week, not to mention the Bluejays never threw the ball once, rattling off 74 consecutive running plays that accounted for more than 400 yards.