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Swedes Football Season Comes to a Close


WICHITA, Kan. ( – The Bethany College Swedes Football Team took the road for their final game of the season against the Friends University Falcons.

The Swedes would begin with the ball in their hands as Dalton Whitworth drew the start for Bethany. Whitworth would orchestrate a 12-play drive that would eat up a little over six minutes, but it would end in a Zeke Mumford punt that was downed at the Friends’ 13-yard line. The Falcons would cash in on their first possession with a 14-play, 87-yard touchdown drive.

Bethany would go for it on fourth down on the next drive, but the pass attempt would sail incomplete. The Swedes defense would stand strong on the following drive stuffing the Falcon rushing attack short on fourth down. Unfortunately, the Swedes would go three-and-out on the succeeding drive. Friends would score touchdowns on their next three drives, but miss a couple of extra points and their field goal to end the half to go into the break up 26-0.

The Falcon offense would pick up where they left off scoring on the first possession of the second half to go up 33-0. Later in the third quarter, following a missed field goal by the Falcons, the Swedes would drive down the field with key plays from Ntakirutimana EttienneMichael Young, and Landry ShieldsJacob Madu would cap off the drive with a 2-yard reception from Zamarion Spencer for a touchdown, but would fail the two-point conversion to cut it to 33-6. Friends would score 35 unanswered points to win the game 68-6.

Landry Shield would lead the Swede passing attack with 132 yards. Michael Young would return to the field and lead the receiving corps with 5 catches for 62 yards.

Gavin Silva led the Swedes in total tackles with eight including a forced fumble. David Sweetman tallied 2.5 tackles for loss totaling in 17 yards. Anthony Johnson recorded two pass break-ups.

This marks the end of the season for the Bethany College Swedes Football Team as the Swedes would end the season at 1-10. Although the Swedes weren’t victorious in all of their contests, they were competitive and played their hearts out. Bethany can look forward to next season under the leadership of Mike Grossner and his staff.