Homecoming was anything but a happy affair for Bethany College Saturday afternoon, as the Swedes gave up 35 first-quarter points to Sterling College on their way to a 54-21 loss.

Homecoming was anything but a happy affair for Bethany College Saturday afternoon, as the Swedes gave up 35 first-quarter points to Sterling College on their way to a 54-21 loss.
Sterling, coming off an upset of NAIA No. 14 Tabor College the week prior, scored on all eight of their first-half possessions, including four touchdown passes by Warrior quarterback Reggie Langford.
The day opened up with some hope for the Swedes, as Jafar Thomas opened up a 65-yard run to the endzone on Bethany’s first possession, bringing the  homecoming and Svensk Hyllningsfest crowd to their feet. Thomas did it again about half-way through the second quarter, this time from eight-yards out.
Unfortunately for the Swedes, Antonio Bray answered for the Warriors on the ensuing kickoff, racing 100 yards for a touchdown.
Sterling (3-2, 2-1 KCAC) let off the gas in the third quarter, though Bethany wasn’t able to capitalize. They would score once more in the fourth, an 82-yard pass from Zach Dovenbarger to Tevis Linnebur for a touchdown with 14:31 left in the game.
The Swedes (1-4, 0-3 KCAC) finished with 306 total offensive yards to Sterling’s 321. Dovenbarger was 8-for-22 with 144 passing yards and two interceptions to go with the touchdown to Linnebur.
Thomas finished with 72 yards rushing, while Linnebur had 107 yards receiving.
The Swedes are on the road Saturday, as they face Southwestern (2-3, 1-2), who is coming off a 42-3 loss to Tabor. Kickoff from Winfield is at 1:30 p.m.