NORTH NEWTON, Kan. - The Bethel College Football team hosted conference foe Ottawa University Saturday evening on what was a beautiful night during Fall Fest weekend. This game was earmarked by the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference as the KCAC Game of the Week. Bethel came into the game with a record of 2-1, 2-0 in conference. Ottawa was 1-3 (1-1 in KCAC), after having a tough non-conference schedule.
The game proved to be tough and hard nosed all night. The Threshers offense produced 261 yards of offense, with Jaylen Sykes (SR/Bakersfield, CA) adding 59 yards on the ground attack. Matt Jones (SO/Wichita, KS) added 105 yards through the air. Montero DuBose (JR/Indianapolis, Ind.) led all Thresher receivers with 55 receiving yards, 37 of those coming from a huge 1st quarter reception. The threshers were able to put together drives down the field into Ottawa territory, but costly turnovers stalled a few of them.
The Thresher defense was stout and attacking all night, keeping Bethel in the ball game. Jordan Bell (SO/Wichita, Kan.) led the Threshers with 11 tackles on the night. Joseph Winfield (FR/Edmond, OK) had eight tackles on the night with one sack and two tackles for loss. Michael Bell (JR/Wichita, Kan.) accounted for eight tackles, one sack and one tackle for loss. The Threshers had 3 turnovers on defense. Rickey Rodriguez (SR/Port St. Lucy, Fla.) grabbed yet another interception and is now ranked 9th in the nation in interceptions per game. Devonte Singleton (JR/Los Angeles, CA) also had one interception. The Thresher defense played a tough brand of football and kept the game close but it wasn't enough as they ultimately lost 10-0.
Ottawa was able to put up a 22 yard field goal on the opening drive of the game, making it 3-0. No one scored again until the fourth quarter, after a bad snap during a Bethel punt gave the Braves possession at the Bethel 10 yard line.
The Threshers next game will be on October 8th when they travel to the University of Saint Mary, with scheduled kickoff at 1:30 PM.