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HIGHLIGHTS: KWU Holds off Rival Bethany

Mike Hammett - October 19, 2013 11:27 pm

The Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes snap a four-game losing skid by holding off rival Bethany at the Anderson Athletic Complex in Lindsborg on Saturday night.

The Coyotes used three touchdown passes from Trey Dallas to Zach McClain to boost the offense, while the defense limited Bethany to just 265 yards of offense.

KWU scored first, as Dallas hit McClain for a 36-yard score, capping a 12-play, 89-yard drive, giving the Coyotes the early 7-0 lead.

Bethany answered on the next drive, as Jafar Thomas ran in from six yards out, tying the game up at 7.

In the second quarter, the Coyotes regained the lead as Dallas found McClain for a 33-yard touchdown pass. The extra point was missed, and the Coyotes led 13-7.

Again, Bethany responded. Thomas scored from eight yards out, and with the extra point, the Swedes took a 14-13 lead.

The Coyotes punted on the ensuing drive, but pinned Bethany at their own eight yard line. Two plays later, a big loss pushed Bethany back to their own one yard line, and on the next play, the Coyotes recorded a safety to regain the 15-14 lead with 39 seconds left in the half.

Wesleyan would take advantage of good field position to cap the half with a 35-yard field goal by Terry Stecker, and led 18-14 at halftime.

In the second half, the Coyotes kept the scoring going. Dallas hit McClain for a score for the third time, this time on a 40-yard flea flicker, giving Wesleyan a 24-14 lead after the extra point was blocked.

Again, Bethany answered. Zach Dovenbarger found Rodney Molette on a short out pattern, which Molette turned into a 49-yard touchdown pass. The extra point was blocked, as Bethany was within four at 24-20.

In the fourth quarter, the Coyotes added a 27-yard field goal by Stecker to push the lead to 27-20.

The Coyotes then played the field position game the rest of the way, consistently pinning Bethany deep in its own territory. The Swedes never threatened to tie the game.

After Bethany turned the ball over on downs late, the Coyotes added one last touchdown on Taylor Sachs’ 16-yard run.

The Coyotes outgained Bethany 487 to 265, with the Coyotes getting 323 yards in the passing game.

Dallas was 22-for-43 passing for 323 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Sachs had 170 yards rushing on 32 carries and a score. McClain had 138 yards receiving and three touchdowns on five catches. Braxton Peck also tallied five catches for the Coyotes.

Dovenbarger was 9-for-27 passing for Bethany for 143 yards, one touchdown and one interception, but the Swedes dropped many passes in the game. Jafar Thomas and Tevis Linnebur both led the Swedes with 37 yards rushing. Thomas had two touchdowns.

Kansas Wesleyan is now 2-5 overall and 1-4 in the KCAC. Bethany drops to 1-6 overall, 0-5 in the KCAC.

Kansas Wesleyan hosts Bethel on Saturday.

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