The Bethel College football team still keeps plugging away, looking for that elusive first win of the season.
The Threshers face Kansas Wesleyan at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Graves Family Sports Complex in Salina.
The game will be Bethel’s first for the Threshers at KWU’s new stadium, which became the Coyote’s full-time last season.
Bethel enters the game 0-8, 0-7 in KCAC play. Kansas Wesleyan is 6-3, 5-2 in KCAC play. The Coyotes are in third place in the conference, a game behind co-leaders Sterling and Tabor. With two games remaining in the season, the Coyotes have received votes in the latest NAIA rankings and are on the bubble for a playoff spot.
The Coyotes opened the season with a loss on the road to Olivet Nazarene and then beat Concordia (Neb.) an Saint Mary, before suffering a 26-23 loss to Sterling. After three straight wins, KWU fell to Tabor 41-20.
The Coyotes rebounded with a 56-28 win at rival Bethany.
Bethel was tied with Southwestern 7-7 after three quarters last week, but an interception returned for a touchdown led to four unanswered scores for Southwestern in the fourth quarter, leading to a 35-7 Thresher loss.
KWU quarterback Kelly Cordova leads the team both in rushing and passing. He has hit 117 of 223 passes for 1,715 yards with 17 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Cordova also has 76 carries for 472 yards and three touchdowns. Jerrod Ferguson has 135 carries for 467 yards and five touchdowns. Trenton Poe-Evans leads the team in receiving with 33 catches for 621 yards and eight touchdowns.
On defense, Garrett Updengraft has 96 total tackles, which leads the conference.
Zach Esau returned to the lineup as starter for the Threshers and has hit 47 of 99 passes for 618 yards with three touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Dominic Webb has hit 48 of 99 passes for 578 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions.
Tyshawn Simon leads the team in rushing with 108 carries for 339 yards and five touchdowns. Montero DuBose has 31 catches for 396 yards and two touchdowns. Gary Jolivet has 18 catches for 334 yards and a touchdown.
Jariah Booker leads the defense with 63 total tackles, followed by Reggie Young with 53 and Carlos Dickerson with 49.
Young and Charles Johnson each have three interceptions. Booker has picked off two passes this season.