LINDSBORG— The Bethany football comeback was not enough to overcome the visiting Braves of Ottawa University. The Swedes fell 42-35 to move to 1-3 on the year and 1-2 in KCAC play.
Ottawa kicked things off in the first quarter scoring on their first drive of the game. The Braves then doubled their lead when they scored another touchdown on their drive. The Swedes were then able to rebound, scoring a touchdown of their own with just over a minute left in the quarter. However, the Braves scored once more on their next drive. With Bryce Badon's, sophomore defensive back, block of the extra point attempt, the Swedes went into the second quarter trailing 20-7.
The Swedes held off the Braves in their first drive of the quarter, but in the second, Ottawa found their way into the end zone. The Braves then tried for two points, unsuccessfully. The Swedes were able to score again late in the quarter, when Isaiah Salazar, senior quarterback, connected with Dalton Goodwin, senior receiver, in the corner of the end zone. With the extra point through the uprights, the Swedes trailed at half 26-14.
Bethany was the first to strike in the third quarter. Salazar's pass to Peter Garza, senior receiver, was good for a 39-yard touchdown pass. However, the Braves did not wait long before they struck again, scoring just two drives later. The Swedes would look to make a comeback in the fourth quarter, trailing 33-21.
However, Ottawa started the final quarter of the game with a big touchdown play. The Swedes were able to block another extra point attempt, giving the Braves a 39-21 lead. The Braves scored again on their next drive with a 24-yard field goal. However, the Swedes answered this one with a touchdown of their own on their next drive when Salazar connected with Michael Milbourne, senior receiver. The Swedes struck once more when Salazar and Jafar Thomas, senior receiver, connected for a 42-yard touchdown.
The Details . . .
Quaylon Jones, freshman running back, led the Swedes ground assault with 74 yards on 21 carries. Salazar ran the Bethany offense for most of the game, with 24 completions of 41 attempts for a total of 377 yards and five touchdowns.
Three Swedes had over 100 receiving yards; Goodwin had eight catches for 154 yards, Thomas had 112 yards in seven catches, and Garza had five catches for 107 yards.
Defensively, the Swedes were led by Rhett Mizer, senior defensive back. Mizer had 13 total tackles, 10 on his own, while breaking up three passes. Augustin Arellano, freshman linebacker, was just behind him with 12 tackles, including one sack for a loss of 10 yards. Greg Harvey, sophomore linebacker, was the final Swede with double-digit tackles. Harvey had 11 total tackles, eight on his own, including one sack for 10 yards and getting in another tackle for a loss.
Up Next . . .
The Swedes hit the road next week to face the Moundbuilders of Southwestern College. Kickoff for this KCAC contest is set for 6 p.m.