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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • BC gridders display promise

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  • Bethany College football coach Jamie Cruce came out of Saturday’s Spring Game with more answers than questions.
    Cruce put the Swedes through about 75 plays, with the offense recording a 53-44 victory over the defense using a weighted scoring system.
    First and foremost, the Swedes are looking for a quarterback to replace Steven Baker. Mark Margres, Zachary Waggoner and Brad Banker all took turns at the helm.
    “All three of our quarterbacks did some good things this spring,” said Cruce, whose team is coming off a 4-6 season, “We ran around 75 plays in the scrimmage and threw for over 300 yards on around 38 attempts.  I thought we made some good strides at the QB position and I think it will be a tight competition heading into next fall.”
    The Swedes also are looking to ramp up a running game that basically was non-existent the second half of the season.
    Cruce said transfers Junior Allen and Anthony Pines showed both running and the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.
    “They both have exceptional quickness and a nice burst of speed that will allow them to be weapons for us,” Cruce said.
     Returnee O’Shane Malcolm also played well, and he’s the top back returning.
    Returning receivers Robert Anderson and Brandon Martino both had big days, with Anderson over 100 yards and Martino added 85, as they should provide Bethany with big-play potential.
    Defensively, the secondary was led by Canton-Galva product Andrew Westbrook, who returned an intercepted pass 67 yards. Ira Autry also was lauded, while Austin Kaehn was highlighted for his play at linebacker.
    All in all, Cruce said, it was an encouraging day.
    “The spring game went well,” he said. “We came out of it without any major injuries which is always a concern.”

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