If ever there was a time to leave everything on the field, this weekend’s game between Bethany and Sterling would be it.
Both head coach John Cruce’s’ Swedes and the Warriors come into Saturday’s game with a 1-6 conference record, though Bethany has the better overall record at 2-7.
Conference leader Ottawa University rolled to a 56-20 victory over Bethany last week, during which Brave quarterback Shane Gimzo lit up the Swede secondary for 230 yards on 17-of-21 passing and three touchdowns. Ottawa also added 181 yards on the ground.
Sterling’s weekend wasn’t much better, as head coach Andy Lambert’s Warriors were shut out by Friends University 21-0.
Turnovers killed Sterling in the game, as the offense fumbled six times, turning it over twice. Quarterback Denton Hudspeth also gave up an interception to Friends’ Sequente Marks.
Both teams are fairly even offensively entering the game, with Sterling having a slight advantage in the yards-per-game, out-gaining Bethany 325-318.
The defense, then, will be where the difference in the game comes. Sterling is one of the top three teams in the KCAC in terms of total defensive effort, trailing only McPherson College and Friends.
The Warriors only give up on average 306.5 yards-per-game. On a per-play basis, Sterling gives up just 4.7 yards.
Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Bethany College. The Swedes close out the 2012 season at home Nov. 10 against Southwestern College.