“We’re looking for progress, not perfection,” is how Bethel coach Terry Harrison is approaching the Threshers’ clash against the Bethany Swedes at 7 p.m. Saturday at Anderson Stadium in Lindsborg.
Bethel is coming off a 42-12 loss to Ottawa last week, while Bethany is 0-2, 0-1 in KCAC.
The Swedes were stung by 12th-ranked (NAIA) Benedictine 75-7 in the season opener in Atchinson. Last week, Bethany fell to in-county rival McPherson College 30-13.
“They played two games already against Benedictine and McPherson, so we’ve got to see them play on film and know a little bit more about what to expect,” Harrison said. “… We have some things we need to work on. We need to correct some of the silly mistakes we had last week. On defense, we need to force more turnovers. We had some special teams problems, a lot of which came from first-game jitters. I expect to see a lot of improvement from week one to week two, which is what you expect to see from all teams.”
Bethany has used three quarterbacks this season. Isaiah Salazar has taken most of the snaps and has hit 28 of 47 passes with three interceptions for 296 yards. Austin Denson has hit seven of 20 passes for 49 yards.
Quaylon Jones has 26 rushes for 57 yards and a touchdown. Denson has eight carries for 45 yards. Ly’tavious Anderson has 10 carries for 33 yards and a touchdown. Kyler Arter also has a rushing touchdown.
Jafar Thomas leads the Swedes receivers with 10 catches for 109 yards. Michael Milbourne has nine catches for 104 yards.
On defense, Jaylord Dorris has 14 total tackles, followed by Austin Arellano, Nicholas Pearce and Greg Harvey with 11 each.
“On defense, they do several different things,” Harrison said. “They run an odd front, similar to what Ottawa ran. On offense, they line up in the (shot)gun, but they don’t pass as much as Ottawa did. They have a good running back and they will try to get the running game established. They still have a good quarterback.”
For Bethel, Zach Esau hit six of 12 passes for 93 yards with an interception and a touchdown. Esau also rushed for 62 yards. Gary Jolivet added 56 yards rushing. Camryn Harrison has a rushing touchdown.
Tanner Galliart has two catches for 41 yards. Bronson Hill has a 23-yard touchdown catch.
Joshua Seabolt had 10 total tackles last week. Shavane Morrison, Charles Johnson and Jordan Bell each had six. Brandon Phorn has an interception.
“We need to control the clock on offense,” Harrison said. “Our defense has more freshmen starting than the offense. We need to keep the defense off the field. We need to take care of the ball. … This is our first road trip, but it’s only 40 minutes down the road. It will be a new field and a new stadium for them, but they should adjust.”