The show goes on for Threshers

Mark Schnabel
mschnabel@thekansan.com

For a few hours, it looked like the Bethel College football team was taking an unexpected bye week on Fall Fest weekend.

But another opponent was found, and the Threshers look like they will play.

The originally scheduled opponent, Southwestern, had some COVID-19 cases diagnosed on campus. Stepping in to take the Moundbuilders’ place is 0-2 MidAmerica Nazarene of Olathe.

Bethel will host Southwestern at 1 p.m. Nov. 7.

Bethel is 3-0 after a 51-21 dismantling of Sterling last week in KCAC play.

MidAmerica Nazarene opened the season with a 30-13 win over William Penn. After a week off, the Pioneers fell to Clarke 55-28. Both opponents were members of the Great Plains Athletic Conference.

MANU is a member of the Heart of America Athletic Conference.

The Pioneers have used two quarterbacks this season. Levi Taylor played against William Penn, hitting 16 of 25 passes for 239 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

Blake Atkins got the start against Clarke, hitting 15 of 28 passes for 359 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions.

Caleb Tanis leads the receiving corps with five catches for 225 yards and three touchdowns, all against Clarke. Kobe Hardin has eight catches for 166 yards and two touchdowns.

Jairan Manning is the Pioneers’ leading rusher with 48 carries for 119 yards.

The defense is led by Jackson Berck with 23 total tackles and Jalen McQueen with 22. Berck has four fumble recoveries.

Bethel is led by Chantz Scurry with 64 carries for 290 yards and three touchdowns. Kayden Christiansen has 40 carries for 184 yards. Camryn Harrison has 11 carries for 151 yards and two touchowns.

Quarterback Zach Esau has 45 carries for 165 yards with five touchdowns. Esau has hit eight of 15 passes for 196 yards and four touchdowns. Brayden Francis has five of those catches for 164 yards and three touchdowns. Tanner Galliart has the rest of them for 32 yards and a score.

The defense is led by Dominic Brown with 19 total tackles, Josh Seabolt with 18 total tackles and Steven Marks with 16 total tackles.

Three games into the season, Bethel leads the nation (NAIA) in punt average (46.3), rushing offense (1,156 yards), rushing offense per game (385.3) and total sacks (10.5). Bethel is second in scoring offense (140), pass efficiency (222.9), and third down conversion (61%). Bethel is third in sacks allowed (1) and sacks per game (.3).

Around the KCAC

Bethany @ Avila

Bethany opened with a 59-34 loss to Kansas Wesleyan on Sept. 19 and missed the past two weeks. Avila opened play with a 34-24 loss to Bethel, took a week off when Saint Mary had to postpone, then beat Friends 37-35.

Tristan Askan has 400 passing yards for Avila with two touchdowns. Malik Nesbitt has 164 rushing yards with four touchdowns. Devin Senerius has 184 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

Colione Evans leads Bethany with 128 yards rushing and a touchdown. Austin Desnson has 274 passing yards with three touchdowns. Darren Rittwage has 131 receiving yards and a touchdown.

Ottawa @ Tabor

Ottawa topped Oklahoma Panhandle State 27-21 on Sept. 12 and hasn’t played since. Tabor fell to Southwestern 41-21, Friends 17-7 and McPherson 21-14.

For Ottawa, Eugene Sainterling has 126 passing yards with three touchdowns. Derrick Curtis has 72 rushing yards and a touchdown. Colton Davis has 65 receiving yards and a score.

For Tabor, Trey McGee has 647 yards passing and four touchdowns and 72 yards rushing. Javien Creary has 92 yards rushing and a touchdown. Derrick Harper has 200 receiving yards with three touchdowns. Dejuan Jones has 184 yards receiving with a touchdown.

McPherson @ Friends

McPherson downed Tabor 21-14 last week, while Friends fell to Avila 37-35.

McPherson is led by Joshua Pisik with 594 yards passing and eight touchdowns. LaMeshio Hill has 164 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Ben Nikkel has 149 yards receiving, followed by Melvin Reid with 145 yards receiving anf three touchdowns.

Friends quarterback Dan Dawdy has 554 yards passing with four touchdowns. Juan Salazar has 356 yards rushing with two touchdowns. Cade Nagy has 125 yards receiving with a touchdown.

Saint Mary @ Sterling ppd.

Southwestern @ Bethel ppd.

Kansas Wesleyan bye

Saint Mary has yet to play a game. The Spires will attempt to play and have postponed all games through Oct. 10. Saint Mary will attempt to resume play Oct. 17 against Tabor for homecoming. Sterling will play Sept. 10 at Friends.

Southwestern hasn’t played since Sept. 12. The Moundbuilders will try and resume play Oct. 10 against McPherson.

Standings

;conf.;overall

;W;L;W;L

Bethel;3;0;3;0

K.Wesleyan;1;0;2;0

S-western;1;0;1;0

McPherson;2;1;2;1

Avila;1;1;1;1

Friends;1;1;1;2

Ottawa;0;0;1;0

Saint Mary;0;0;0;0

Bethany;0;1;0;1

Sterling;0;2;0;2

Tabor;0;3;0;3