NORTH NEWTON, Kan. - The Bethel College Football team hosted the McPherson Bulldogs for their 2nd KCAC game of the season. After a hard fought game, the Threshers were able to grind out a 10-7 victory over the Bulldogs.
The Threshers were the first to put points on the board with a 34 yard Brett Mathis field goal in the first quarter. The Threshers had a good showing on offense. Quarterback Matt Jones showed leadership and led Bethel in the huddle during critical drives in a tough game. He threw for 134 yards and connected with Marquis Jackson five times for 60 yards. He also had a reliable target in Rashaka Lucas for clutch first downs late in the game.
The rushing game was tough and persistent all game, running backs Jaylen Sykes and TyShawn Simon carried the running game with a combined 130 yards on the ground. The offensive line led by senior offensive linemen Santiago Aragon opened up gateways for the running backs which averaged 6 yards a carry, and imposed their will on the Bulldog defensive line all afternoon.
The Bethel defense was playing hard nose all game and smothered the Bulldogs all day, causing three turnovers on the day. Two of them coming from interceptions, one by Cornerback Rickey Rodriguez and one by Cornerback Devonte Singleton. The other turnover coming from a forced fumble late in the fourth quarter caused by Antonio Rustin which was recovered by Jariah Booker. Darius Jackson led the team in tackles accounting for 9 total tackles, other defensive playmakers were Antonio Rustin who accounted for 8 total tackles, 1.5 sacks and 1.5 Tackles for loss and Carlos Dickerson who had 6 total tackles, 1 sack and 1 tackle for loss. The defense kept the Bulldogs in check to only 7 points which was enough for the Threshers to come out with a win.
The Threshers were down late in the fourth quarter 3-7 after a bulldog touchdown but the marched down the field behind the offensive line and Jaylen Sykes for a 14 play 68 yard that took eight minutes off the clock, The drive that was capped off by a Sykes rushing touchdown that gave Bethel a late 10-7 lead and sealed the victory for the Threshers.
The Threshers next game will be Fall Fest weekend October 1st at Thresher Stadium vs the Ottawa University Braves. Kickoff will be 7pm. It is homecoming so be there loud and proud for the game! Go Threshers!