Bethany College’s football team makes its final road trip of the year Saturday, traveling to Sterling for a 1:30 p.m. clash.
The Swedes, 3-3 in the KCAC and 4-3 overall, can assure themselves of at least a .500 season with a victory.
Sterling, like Bethany, is 3-3 and 4-3 after pulling off a 22-21 upset last week of Kansas Wesleyan in Salina.
“Sterling is extremely sound in what they do and they do not make many mistakes,” Bethany coach Jamie Cruce said. “Defensively, they make your offense drive the field and earn every yard. Their offense does a nice job of misdirection plays and uses formations and motions well in order to outnumber the defense at the point of attack.  Their play-action pass plays also are a concern as they set them up well with their solid running game.  They are a very solid football team who’s three losses have come against ranked opponents.”
Bethany is coming off a 60-28 loss to Friends, a game that was much closer than the score indicated. The Swedes trailed only 28-13 at one point, but the Falcons pulled away.
“We made a disappointing amount of mental mistakes against a very good Friends team last week,” Cruce said. “We were down 15 points in the fourth quarter and let the game get away from us.  Our team understands that if we take care of the little mistakes, we can compete with the teams we play, however we are not in a situation to make several mistakes and still be successful.”