Ottawa, Kan. (BethanySwedes.com) – The Bethany College Football Team took the road to Ottawa, Kansas to face off against the Ottawa University Braves in the final interdivisional matchup of the season.
Things started off rough for the Swedes as the Braves would capitalize on a fumble recovery with a 40-yard field goal. The Braves would score another 20 points before the end of the first quarter to lead 23-0. In the second period, the Swedes would go on a 15-play, 45-yard drive down to the Ottawa 30-yard line, but throw an interception killing the momentum. The Bethany defense would force the Brave into a 3-and-out giving the Swedes offense another chance. Bethany would get on the board by way of a Zamarion Spencer rushing touchdown that capped off an 11-play, 59-yard drive to cut it to 23-6. Ottawa would kick one more field goal before the end of the half to lead 26-6.
In the second half, points would prove hard to come by. The Brave would open up the third period with a 7-play, 53-yard touchdown, but that would be it for the 3rd quarter. The Swedes would force two turnovers to the Braves’ one. In the fourth quarter, Bethany would open the quarter with an 11-play, 77-yard touchdown drive capped off by a 38-yard touchdown run for Josiah Hardrick to cut the Braves’ lead to 20. On the next play from scrimmage, Ottawa would take a 78-yard rush to the house. The Braves would take this one 40-13.
Zamarion Spencer would lead the rushing attack with 79 yards on the ground and a touchdown. Michael Young would lead the receiving corps with 60 yards on 5 catches. Running backs would account for 6 of the quarterbacks 13 completions.
Julian Carpenter had his best game of the season totaling 10 total tackles (7 solo) including 4 of them for loss. Carpenter would also force a fumble and recover a fumble on the evening. Terry McCutcheon would record 8 total tackles and the lone interception for the Swedes.
The Swedes will have a bye-week next week before celebrating Homecoming and Hyllningsfest with the first divisional matchup of the season against the No. 18 Evangel University Valor. Kickoff is set for 1:30pm on Saturday, October 14th at the newly-named Coach Ted K. Kessinger Family Stadium.