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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Bethel to host USM

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  • The Bethel College football team heads back home after two weeks on the road to face the University of Saint Mary Spires at 7 p.m. Saturday for Fall Fest.
    Bethel is coming off a 69-34 loss to now-10th-ranked Ottawa. Saint Mary snapped a two-game losing skid by stopping Bethany 45-15.
    The Spires enter the game ranked 12th in the NAIA in passing offense per game (294.8) and 13th in total passing offense (1,179 yards). Quarterback Josh Ervin has hit 83 of 140 passes for 1,076 yards, 11 touchdowns and five interceptions.
    "They put 70 on us last year," Bethel coach Marty Mathis said after last week's game. "They're a really good team. We're going to have to step it up."
    The Spires' leading receiver is Jerrell Young with 26 catches for 324 yards and six touchdowns. Ronnie Cooper has 16 catches for 228 yards and three touchdowns. Alex Gomes-Coelho has 21 catches for 208 yards and a score.
    Will Ryan has 34 carries for 136 yards and a touchdown. Vinnie Germette has 28 carries for 121 yards.
    On defense for the Spires, Dwain Taylor has 44 total tackles, including 2.0 sacks. Eli Amador has 37 total tackles. Ukipono Udi has 35 total tackles and a pair of interceptions. Blake Wise-Perry has 3.0 sacks.
    For Bethel, freshman running back Stephen Scott has 549 yards rushing with four touchdowns, second in the conference in rushing yards. Last week, he had a season best 192 yards rushing. Bo Pratt has hit 62 of 139 passes for 835 yards. Pratt has 10 touchdowns and five interceptions. Oklahoma State transfer Cody Peterson has hit 11 of 36 passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns. He came into last week's game, passing for 140 yards.
    Receiver Tommy Alexander has 22 catches for 369 yards and four touchdowns. He had a season high 171 yards last week. Ruben Hernandez has 18 catches for 199 yards and two touchdowns. Raul Silva has 13 catches for 169 yards and four touchdowns.
    Taylor Morris leads the defense with 39 total tackles. Kipp Credeur, who missed last week's game, has 33 total tackles. Leland Brown has 30 total tackles.
    "With our team and where we are mentally, I'm very happy," Mathis said. "After (Saturday's) game, we had guys pulling each other up. Guys were still telling each other what we need to do defensively and offensively. We're still coaching each other. That means we're still ready to go for the rest of the season. When guys keep pulling together, that's all you can ask for. We have 19 players left from the old regime. That means we are still coming together. It's basically a start-up program. We're not treating it as such, and we're going to keep fighting."
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