OTTAWA, Kan. - The Bethel football team hit the road to take on the Ottawa Braves earlier this afternoon. The Threshers looked to turn around their season against a struggling Braves team, but instead continued to have woeful production all-around. A 43 yard touchdown pass from RJ Rhiner (JR/Tempe, Ariz.) to Montero DuBose (SR/Indianapolis, Ind.) was one of the lone successes for Bethel this afternoon, as they fell to Ottawa 34-10.
Bethel kept the game within reach during the first 30 minutes of action. Although they did not score during this time-frame, Ottawa only put together two touchdown-drives. These were both through the air instead of the ground game that Bethel has been accustomed to being up against this year.
Dominic Webb (SO/Wichita, Kan.) got the nod at starting quarterback today, and managed to put up 69 yards by completing 7/19 of his passes.
Bethel's first score came in the third quarter. The drive was setup by Charles Johnson (JR/Phoenix, Ariz.) as he picked off one of his two total interceptions, and gave Bethel the ball 27 yards from the end zone. Bethel's ensuing three plays did not wind up converting a first down, and Brett Mathis (SR/Long Beach, Calif.) sent a 27 yard field goal through the uprights, cutting Ottawa's lead 14-3 with 6:11 left in the third quarter.
Ottawa answered in the fourth quarter with two touchdowns in two drives early on, taking the 28-3 advantage.
Midway through the fourth quarter, the Threshers made a change at quarterback, putting in RJ Rhiner for his first real action of 2017. After his first drive resulted in a three-and-out, Bethel was given the ball back quick thanks to the second interception by Charles Johnson. With 43 yards to go from a score, Rhiner let loose a pass on 1st and 10 to Montero DuBose, who was able to take it to the house. Bethel now trailed 28-10. Ottawa was able to milk the clock and score another touchdown, and finished with a 34-10 victory over the Threshers.
Tyshawn Simon (JR/El Paso, Texas) led Bethel with 71 rushing yards on only five attempts, including a long of 49 yards. DuBose had four receptions for 57 yards, with Adrian Palmore (JR/St. Petersburg, Fla.) also contributing two receptions for 41 yards.
Jordan Bell (JR/Wichita, Kan.) led the Thresher defense with a season-high 16 total tackles, including a big sack which knocked the Braves back nine yards. Jariah Booker (SR/Oroville, Calif.) threw in 11 tackles, while Reggie Young (JR/Pasadena, Calif.), Carlos Dickerson (SR/Gary, Ind.), and Michael Bell (SR/Wichita, Kan.) each had eight.
Bethel drops to 0-5 on the season, and 0-4 in conference action. They host the University of Saint Mary next Saturday at Thresher Stadium as part of the annual Fall Fest festivities. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM.