HILLSBORO — The Bethany College football team topped off a great season Saturday on the road at Tabor College. Due to a slow start, the Swedes were unable to overcome the Bluejays and fell 65-21 in their final contest of the season.
Both teams had a slow first quarter, but the Bluejays were able to pull it together at the end to get on the board with a touchdown, going up on the Swedes 6-0.
Tabor carried that momentum into the second quarter scoring early and often. The Bluejays scored a touchdown three minutes in, and then again two minutes later.
Late in the first half, Tabor was able to score one last touchdown and complete the two-point conversion to go up 28-0.
However, the Bluejays weren't done yet. With the clock winding down the nailed a 41-yard field goal attempt to go into the locker room with a 31-0 lead over the swedes.
It was Bethany who got things started though in the second half. Isaiah Salazar connected with Michael Milbourne for a 14-yard touchdown pass. With James Augusta's extra point, the Swedes were on the board with seven.
Tabor answered on their next drive, however, and added seven points to their total.
Bethany's offense was alive and rolling now though. Salazar and Milbourne connected again, this time for a 25-yard touchdown to keep the Swedes in striking distance.
Unfortunately, Tabor would score twice more before the third quarter ran down. This would give the Bluejyas a 51-14 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
The Bluejays scored twice in the fourth quarter before the Swedes were able to get into the end zone. Finally, Bryce Banks connected with Rodney Molette for a seven-yard touchdown pass. Augusta's extra point was good and the Swedes would finish off the game 65-21.
Salazar completed 11 of 20 passes today for two touchdowns and 169 passing yards. The junior's longest toss for 40 yards. Banks was 6 of 16 today with one touchdown and 76 passing yards.
On the receiving end, Milbourne led the team with eight catches for 125 yards and two touchdowns. Molette recorded five catches for 56 yards with one touchdown.
Rhett Mizer was big for the Bethany defense today with 12 total tackles, nine of those on his own, and a blocked field goal. The junior also recorded a tackle for a loss of one yard.
Chris Owens also had a game with nine tackles and a single tackle for a loss of two yards.
The Swedes finish of the 2017 season 5-5 overall and 4-5 in KCAC play.