For the second straight week, the Bethel College football team will take to the road for what is expected to be another tough test for the Threshers.

Bethel, 2-0 overall and in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference, faces 1-1 Sterling College at 7 p.m. Saturday at Smisor Stadium in Sterling.


For the second straight week, the Bethel College football team will take to the road for what is expected to be another tough test for the Threshers.

Bethel, 2-0 overall and in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference, faces 1-1 Sterling College at 7 p.m. Saturday at Smisor Stadium in Sterling.

The Threshers are coming off a 29-22 win over the University of Saint Mary last week in a game where the Threshers had to rally in the fourth quarter for the win.

Sterling downed Tabor 54-19, rebounding from an opening-week loss to Friends.

Bethel is tied for 13th in this week’s National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics poll.

“This team is very similar to the Sterling team we faced the last two or three years,” Bethel coach Mike Moore said. “They have done a great job of recruiting the same type of kids. They play hard. We’re going to have to play just as hard if we want to win this game.”

Sterling quarterback Tyler Degenhardt has 26 rushes for 173 yards and two touchdowns. Degenhardt hit nine of 17 passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions.

Against Tabor, Degenhardt had 353 yards total offense with two touchdowns passing and two touchdowns rushing.

Rashard Colquist has 145 yards rushing with two touchdowns.

Seven different Sterling receivers have catches this season. Carlos De Los Reyes has the most yards at 67, but that came with a single catch for a touchdown. Paul Kemph has one catch for 58 yards. Cory Dunbar has two catches for 57 yards.

“After the Friends game, they switched quarterbacks,” Moore said. “That gave them the chance to run the ball more with the option game. He started against us two years ago when they had another quarterback hurt. They can still throw the ball, but they are running a lot more option.

“Their offense is a little different than what we’ve seen. They line up with a lot more two back sets but run most of the same plays. ... Their offense is different than anything we’ve seen out of anybody else. They have had 12 months to work on it, and we’ve had three days.”

On defense, Derrick Sullivan leads with 16 total tackles, followed by Artavius Addison with 10 and Nolan Cox with nine. Addison has 3.5 tackles for a loss.

The Warriors have three sacks, two interceptions and have forced a fumble this season.

“Their defense will try and blitz you with every combination and from every angle you can think of,” Moore said. “We’re going to have to be very assignment sound against them.”

Bethel is led by quarterback Brett Clow with 477 yards and four touchdowns, hitting 31 of 64 with one interception. Beau Cox has 197 yards rushing on 42 carries. Freshman Lee Voth-Gadddert has seven catches for 157 yards and two touchdowns. Darin Derstein has four catches for 88 yards and a score.

Zachary Towns has 16 total tackles for the Threshers, followed by Curlee Bishop with 14 and Rodney Shaw with 13. The Bethel defense has four interceptions and forced two fumbles.

Mervin Brookins has three kickoff returns for 117 yards.

Bethel has won three of the last four meetings, but the average margin of victory in those years have been seven points. The Threshers won 28-23 last season in North Newton.

“We have to tackle better than we have the last two weeks,” Moore said. “On offense, we have to take better care of the ball in the red zone. We had a couple of turnovers in the red zone last week. We have to score when we have the opportunity.”