WICHITA, Kan. - The Bethel College Football team traveled to Wichita for their conference matchup with Friends University. The Threshers came out firing, opening up with a 21-0 lead. While Friends did find their feet with their offensive game, the Threshers never looked back and won their first game against the Falcons since 2000 by a score of 38-22.
The game started off with great offense and tough defense for Bethel. The Threshers first score of the game came when Chase Sparks (FR/Oklahoma City, Okla.) tossed a touchdown pass to Ben Marshall (JR/Lakewood, CA) for a 7-0 lead. The scoring didn't let up from there, as they were quick to score again with a Robert Smith (JR/Lakeland, Fla.) rushing touchdown to take a 14-0 lead.
Bethel continued with the air attack to end the first half when Sparks threw a touchdown pass to Montero Dubose, and took a 21-0 lead into halftime.
The second half started off with a Friends score, as they threw a touchdown on a trick play halfback pass to cut the lead to 21-7.
Brett Mathis (JR/Long Beach, Calif.) accounted for a 28 yard field goal to take a 24-7 lead. The Threshers offense kept the good times coming with another Sparks touchdown pass, this time to Gary Jolivet (SO/Arlington, Texas) to extend the lead 31-7. Sparks threw three touchdowns total, and his his overall best game of the season at the helm of the Thresher offense.
Friends University came back with a QB keeper touchdown to cut the thresher lead to 31-14. Tyshawn Simon rushed for the final touchdown for the Threshers to take a 38-14 lead.
Friends attempted to rally back with another score but ultimately failed, and saw their Senior Day ruined by the Threshers.
Defensively the Threshers had many standouts that contributed to a team playing like the Top 10 defense that they are. Carlos Dickerson (JR/Gary, IN) had 3 major sacks in the game, and now has 6.5 on the season. Darius Jackson (SO/Macon, GA) also had a sack which lost the Falcons nine yards. Jariah Booker (JR/Oroville, CA) led the team with eight tackles, two coming for a loss. Miracle Broussard (FR/Cedar Hill, TX) had a key drive killing interception in the fourth quarter. The Threshers defense kept reigning NAIA Player of the Week Jesse Rogers in check, not allowing him a single touchdown and 119 rushing yards.
Bethel wraps up the season on November 12th, when they welcome rival Tabor College into town. Kickoff is at 1:30, and it will be Senior Recognition for Bethel's senior players