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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  •  Threshers fall to Bulldogs

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  • Not much went right for the Bethel College football team Saturday in a 61-9 loss to McPherson College Friday in Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference play at Joe W. Goering Field.?The Threshers turned the ball over four times. Bethel lost another key player due to injury. The Threshers struggled up front most of the game. McPherson was able to convert four fourth-and-long situations, leading to three scores.?“They just took us behind the woodshed and gave us a spanking,” Bethel coach Jim Dotson said. “We couldn’t get a pass rush. They just outread our secondary. They put the points on the board, and we didn’t. We didn’t capitalize (on turnovers). Not much to be said. We just got kicked. I was hoping we’d take another step forward, but we took one backwards. That happens to football teams.”?McPherson quarterback Jake Snodgrass hit 24 of 32 passes for 350 yards with one interception and four touchdowns. Snodgrass also rushed for 51 yards and a score. Bethel was held to a season-low 75 yards total offense.?Bethel got off to a good start, recovering a fumble on McPherson’s first play from scrimmage. Later in the quarter, a dropped McPherson punt was run in by Tim Shields.?Bethel forced another turnover on a Nathan Murphy interception, but Bethel fumbled the ball back on the next play, setting up a 17-yard scoring pass from Snodgrass to Julius Record.?The rest of the first half was miserable for the Threshers, as McPherson scored four unanswered touchdowns. Two of the scores came on fourth-and-long throws to tight end Byron O’Rourke. The final McPherson score was set up by a fumble, aided by a long pass on fourth down.?Bethel quarterback Rigal Jonec was knocked out of the game when the center snapped the ball, thinking McPherson was off sides, allowing the defense to hit him undefended.?The Threshers managed just six yards total offense in the first half.?McPherson scored on its first two possessions of the second half. The Bethel defense made a stop on McPherson’s third possession, but Trenton Forrester returned an interception for a score early in the fourth quarter.?A Bethel touchdown was called back on penalty. The Threshers had to settle for a 32-yard Andy Dao field goal.?McPherson came back with a 53-yard pass on fourth down for a score.?McPherson improves to 3-2, 3-1 in KCAC play. The Bulldogs are one game behind conference leader Kansas Wesleyan. Bethel falls to 0-4, 0-3 in KCAC play. The Threshers play at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Friends, which fell to Kansas Wesleyan 28-24.?“We’ll just regroup and see if we can move forward,” Dotson said. “We have another tough one coming up.”McPherson 6 28 13 14 —61?Bethel 6 0 0 3 —9?Scoring?1q. B Shields 37-yd. fumble recovery (kick failed) 7:03?1q. M Record 17-yd. pass from Snodgrass (kick failed) 2:27?2q. M Snodgrass 42-yd. run (Cunningham kick) 13:21?2q. M O’Rourke 17-yd. pass from Snodgrass (Cunningham kick) 7:12?2q. M O’Rourke 18-yd. pass from Snodgrass (Cunningham kick) 3:27?2q. M Tabb 1-yd. run (Cunningham kick) :25?3q. M Record 33-yd. pass from Snodgrass (kick failed) 11:02?3q. M Thibodeaux 5-yd. run (Bosque kick) 7:13?4q. M Forrester 26-yd. interception return (Bosque kick) 14:03?4q. B Dao 32-yd. field goal 10:38?4q. M Record 53-yd. pass from Hoffman (Bosque kick) 6:54?Team stats?MC BC?First downs 24 9?Rushing-yards 38-156 33-46?Passing yards 409 29?Comp-att-int 27-35-1 9-16-2?Punts-avg. 3-44.3 7-35.4?Fumbles-lost 2-2 4-2?Penalties-yards 6-71 6-55?Individual leaders?RUSHING — McPherson: Snodgrass 5-51, Tabb 14-43, Jones 7-39, Thibodeaux 8-29. Bethel: Suchsland 12-62, Neill 3-13, Bronson 3-5, McCall 3-4.?PASSING — McPherson: Snodgrass 24-32-1, 350 yards; Hoffman 3-3-0, 59 yards. Bethel: Jonec 4-7-0, 20 yards; Bronson 5-9-2, 9 yards.?RECEIVING — McPherson: Record 15-270, Ramos 4-19, O’Rourke 3-49, Robinson 3-33. Bethel: Suchsland 4-19, Jones 3-9, McCall 1-3, Sturgis 1-(-2).?Missed field goals — none.  
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