LINDSBORG — Once Bethany College’s Swedes quit beating themselves, they’re going to start beating a lot of teams.
The Swedes have dropped back-to-back football games primarily because they have shot off all 1o of their toes with turnovers.
Bethany has turned it over 15 times in all during its 2-3 start, more than half of those in losses against Saint Mary and Sterling that dropped its KCAC record to 1-2.
Bethany basically silver plattered a victory to Sterling last week, rolling up more than half-a-thousand yards of offense to just 240 for the Warriors, yet lost 42-39 when Sterling scored a touchdown with under a minute to play.
The Swedes can get back to .500 both in the KCAC and overall with a homecoming-game victory Saturday against Southwestern. Kickoff at Anderson Stadium is 1:30 p.m.
A game that two weeks ago looked like a Swede walkover now should be competitive. Southwestern, after bumbling to a ragged 0-4 start, shocked the nation last week with a 27-6 victory over then-No. 3-ranked Tabor, returning a fumble for a score and also taking advantage of two blocked field goals to add even more points.
Take away the turnovers and the Swedes are an offensive juggernaut. They have found a home-run hitter in the backfield in the wiggly Jasaan Eley, who went off for 216 yards last week. Quarterback Jake Umphreyville and the passing game has accounted for nearly 200 yards a game.
On the other side of the ball, the defense ranks third behind Tabor and Friends in least yards allowed. However, Bethany has allowed just under 32 points a game as the critical turnovers have set up opponents in primo field position.