LINDSBORG—The Swedes football team gave their home fans a show tonight picking up a 21-12 win over the visiting Spires of Saint Mary.
While both teams went scoreless through the first quarter, the game had plenty of action throughout the rest of the contest. The Spires started things off with a touchdown at the beginning of the second quarter. Saint Mary scored on a nine-play drive, covering 79 yards. Bethany was able to answer with a touchdown of their own just before the first half ended. Deep into their own territory, the Swedes were able to strike when Rakeem Savusa, freshman defensive lineman, forced a Spire fumble on the eight-yard line. Jimmy Pitts, freshman defensive back, scooped up the ball and ran it back all the way to score a touchdown and get the Swedes on the board.
Saint Mary was then able to score twice in the fourth quarter, first with a field goal and then forcing a Swede safety to tack on two more points. However, the Swedes came alive in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Spires 14-0. First, Austin Denson, junior quarterback, connected with Rodney Molette, senior receiver, for a six-yard touchdown pass. The Swedes then attempted a two-point conversion but were unsuccessful. Bethany struck again when Marcos Harris, freshman running back, broke through and carried the ball for a 58-yard touchdown. The Bethany's extra point kick attempt hit off the uprights and was no good making the score 19-12. Finally, while the Spires were punting from their own end zone, the Swedes' Dahari Gray, senior lineman, blocked the punt attempt back into the end zone. In trying to clear the ball out of the end zone, Saint Mary's punter kicked the ball out resulting in an illegally batted ball, and a safety giving the Swedes a 21-12 lead that they would carry through the remainder of the contest.
Denson commanded the Swedes' offense completing 14 of 30 pass attempts for 166 yards and one passing touchdown. Molette led the Swedes with 120 receiving yards on nine catches. With his receiving touchdown, Molette also tied the Bethany record for the most receiving touchdowns in a career with 20. On the ground, Harris led the team with 85 yards on 10 carries. Denson recorded 57 yards on his 14 carries.
On the defensive side, the Swedes spread the love evenly. CJ King, freshman linebacker, led the team with 10 tackles including one tackle for a loss of six yards. Pitts and Oscar Scott, senior linebacker, each had seven tackles while Pitts had a fumble recovery and an interception. Corey Holmes, senior linebacker, and Chelsen Victorino, senior defensive lineman, each had a sack on the day for six and 12 yards loss, respectively. Four other Swedes nabbed tackles for a loss in the contest.
Up Next . . .
The Swedes hit the road next week traveling to Kansas Wesleyan for the First Bank Kansas Smoky Hill Showdown. Kickoff for this KCAC contest is set for 2 p.m. in Salina.