LINDSBORG—The Swede football team picked up a 30-22 win over the visiting Ottawa Braves in their final contest of the season.
Bethany started things off in the first quarter with an Austin Denson, junior quarterback, 12-yard toss to Aderias Ealy, freshman receiver, for a touchdown. The Swedes were able to take the 7-0 lead into the second quarter. Ottawa evened things up with just under four minutes left in the half but the Swedes were able to answer quickly with another Denson-Ealy connection, this time for an 87-yard touchdown. The Braves took their first lead of the game with a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter, however the Swedes rebounded with a force in the fourth and final quarter. Denson found Ealy again for a 78-yard touchdown before Denson connected with Darren Rittwage, freshman receiver, for a touchdown. A Wyatt Townsend, freshman kicker, 30-yard field goal attempt gave the Swedes a 30-19 advantage. The Braves were able to put up a field goal of their own but Bethany was able to carry their lead through the remainder of the quarter for a 30-22 win.
Denson recorded 28 completions on 66 attempts for a total of 433 passing yards and four touchdowns. Ealy led Bethany's receiving game with eight catches for a total of 260 yards. Defensively, Jimmy Pitts, freshman defensive back, led the team with 13 tackles and one tackle for a loss of 0.8 yards. Jeron Caraway and Oscar Scott, senior linebackers, finished with 10 tackles each. Each earned 0.5 sacks for a loss of 6.5 yards. Caraway also recovered a fumble for the Swedes. Four other Swedes got in on sacks, and three more got in on tackles for a loss.
The Swedes wrapped up their season with a 4-6 overall and KCAC record. Bethany will say farewell to 15 seniors as they celebrated their last game at Anderson Stadium in a senior day celebration before the game. These seniors include Brenton Jones, Deauntre Roberts, Corey Holmes, Cleophus Brooks, Austin Wolfe, Derek Jones, Stephen Greenwich-Blue, Dahari Gray, Jeron Caraway, Elton Woodard, Oscar Scott, John Reid, Cooper Burkhart, Hunter Coronel and Chelsen Victorino.