LINDSBORG – The Swedes football team was back in action today during Bethany’s Homecoming contest. Bethany was unable to overcome the Eagles of Avila University, falling 41-6 in the contest.
Avila was able to take the lead with a touchdown run by quarterback John Jacobs III at the 11:04 mark in the first quarter. The Eagles would tack on a passing touchdown five minutes later to go up 14-0 after the first quarter of play. Bethany College answered with a twenty six yard touchdown pass from Austin Denson, senior quarterback, to Darren Rittwage, sophomore wide receiver, with 5:18 to play in the first half. The Eagles were able to run the ball effectively in the second half which set up a passing touchdown and then three rushing touchdowns to close out the scoring. The Swedes continued to battle and give great effort throughout the contest highlighted by David Serrano, junior defensive end, blocking a would be Avila PAT attempt.
The Bethany College offense was led by J.J. Allen, freshman running back, who ran for 54 yards on the day. Austin Desnson and Daniel Jackson, freshman, split the quarterback duties completed 8 passes for 98 yards and a touchdown and 4 passes for 47 yards, respectively. Darren Rittwage was the Swedes receiving yards leader with 50 yards and touchdown on his 3 catches he was followed closely by Aderias Ealy, sophomore wide receiver, who caught 4 passes for 48 yards.
Defensively the Swedes were led Christopher King, sophomore linebacker, with 13 tackles while Larry Hall, junior linebacker, added 8 tackles for the Bethany College. They were followed by a trio of Swedes who had seven tackles; Demile Pryce, freshman cornerback; Devante Scott, freshman safety; and Dylan Mahan, freshman defensive lineman. Austyn Fletcher, freshman linebacker, recovered a fumble for the Swedes.
Up Next . . .
The Swedes have a bye week next weekend and will return to action at Sterling College on Saturday, October 17th. The Swedes matchup with the Warriors is slated to kickoff at 1:30pm.