WINFIELD — Tied 7-7, things fell apart for the Bethel College football team in the fourth quarter, falling to Southwestern 35-7 Saturday in KCAC play at Jantz Stadium in Winfield.

Southwestern scored in the first quarter on a 46-yard interception return by Travon Crockett. Bethel came right back, scoring midway in the second quarter on a TyShawn Simon three-yard run.

Bethel’s Brett Mathis missed a 38-yard field goal attempt as the first half ended.

Southwestern scored early in the fourth quarter on a 64-yard Tomunci Whitfield interception return. Silas Jefferson then scored on a 44-yard run, followed by a Keyshawn Wyatt 33-yard run and a Mike’l Anderson 30-yard run.

Jefferson finished the day with 82 yards rushing, followed by Anderson at 60 and Wyatt at 57. Southwestern was under 100 yards rushing at the half, but finished the game with 242 yards. Christian Gordon hit nine of 16 passes for 46 yards and two interceptions.

Bethel’s Zach Esau had a season-high 220 yards rushing, hitting 18 of 27 passes, but was picked off three times. Simon finished with 48 yards rushing.

Southwestern improves to 3-6, 3-4 in KCAC play. Bethel falls to 0-8, 0-7 in KCAC play. Bethel plays nationally-ranked Kansas Wesleyan at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Salina.




1q. S Crockett 46-yd. interception return (Esparza kick) 13:28

2q. B Simon 3-yd. run (Mathis kick) 7:03

4q. S Whitfield 64-yd. interception return (Esparza kick) 12:43

4q. S Jefferson 44-yd. run (Esparza kick) 6:52

4q. S Wyatt 33-yd. run (Esparza kick) 4:40

4q. S Anderson 30-yd. run (Esparza kick) :41

Team stats


First downs;18;17


Passing yards;220;46





Time of poss.;37:36;22:08

Individual stats

RUSHING — Bethel: Simon 22-48, Pickens 4-16, Esau 10-24, Phorn 2-3, DuBose 1-(-1). Southwestern: Jefferson 6-82, Anderson 8-60, Wyatt 6-57, Gordon 10-25, Ebanks 1-5, Noll 1-0.

PASSING — Bethel: Esau 18-27-3, 220 yards. Southwestern: Gordon 9-16-2, 46 yards.

RECEIVING — Bethel: Simon 7-35, Jolivet 4-67, DuBose 3-59, Palmore 3-37, Phorn 1-12, Alvarez 1-10. Southwestern: Gates 2-30, Lewis 2-10, Wyatt 2-1, Williams 1-2, Sigmon 1-2, Jefferson 1-1.

Missed field goals — BC: Mathis 35 (WR), 38 (WL). SCL Esparza 47 (WR), 44 (WL).