LINDSBORG— The Swedes football team picked up their first win of the season defeating conference foe, Bethel 31-28.
The Threshers started things off getting up 14-0 with touchdowns at 14:32 and 6:41 in the first quarter. The Swedes were then able to rebound and score two of their own touchdowns in the remaining time of the half. First, late in the first quarter, Isaiah Salazar, senior quarterback, tossed the ball to Peter Garza, senior running back, for a 42 yards. Bethany struck again late in the second quarter when Quaylon Jones, freshman running back, had an 11-yard carry for the Swedes second touchdown of the game.
The Swedes were the first to strike in the third quarter when Salazar connected with Michael Milbourne, senior receiver, for a 3-yard touchdown. However, the Threshers then struck a few minutes later with a touchdown of their own to once again tie the score. Bethel then struck again to take a 28-21 lead.
However, with just fourth minutes left to play the Salazar was able to connect with Jafar Thomas, senior receiver, for a 26-yard touchdown. Bethany was then able to take the lead with just 47 seconds left in regulation when Fernando Avila-Castro, freshman kicker, put in a 24-yard field goal.
The Details . . .
Salazar commanded the Swedes offense with 35 completions in 43 attempts for 394 passing yards and three touchdowns. On the receiving end, Dalton Goodwin, senior receiver, led the team with 10 catches for 95 yards. Milbourne had nine snags for 95 yards and one touchdown. Just behind them, Thomas had seven catches for 94 yards and one touchdown. Leading the Swedes ground assault was Jones with 17 carries for 63 net yards and one touchdown.
Defensively, Rhett Mizer, senior defensive back, led the team with eight solo tackles and 11 total tackles. Behind him was Gregory Harvey, sophomore linebacker, had six solo tackles, nine total, along with a forced fumble.
Up Next . . .
The Swedes return to Anderson Stadium next week to take on the visiting Ottawa Braves. Kick-off for this mom's weekend game is set for 7 p.m.