12 fumbles in a 12-point win
The Bethel College football team had 12 fumbles and still won by 12, downing Friends University 34-22 Saturday in KCAC play at Thresher Stadium.
Bethel moves to 8-0 for just the second time in school history, winning eight games in a season for just the sixth time in school history.
Down 22-7, Bethel outscored Friends 27-0. The game was played in a steady drizzle. Bethel lost five fumbles. Friends lost four fumbles and gave up an interception.
“We didn’t make a ton of adjustments,” Bethel coach Terry Harrison said. “The turnover situation was crazy. It was the most bizarre thing I’ve ever seen. We want to create turnovers. (The defense) got pinned back and we wanted to get off the field as soon as possible. Friends leads the league in first downs. They are a good offensive team. That ball was nuts — waterlogged and crazy.”
Bethel was led by Chantz Scurry, who rushed for 154 yards on 28 carries with three touchdowns. Camryn Harrison had two carries for 41 yards. Zach Esau hit two of three passes for 63 yards and a touchdown.
Friends was led by Laken Clowdus with 127 yards rushing on 24 carries. Dawson Marcum had 18 carries for 76 yards and a touchdown. Dan Dawdy hit 15 of 30 passes for 95 yards and a touchdown. Bobby Schmidt hit two of three field goal attempts.
Things started well enough for the Threshers. A 93-yard Dominic Brown kickoff return set up a six-yard Scurry touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage.
Friends came back with an 11-play drive that ended on a one-yard Marcum run. A bad punt snap gave Friends a safety, setting up a 25-yard Schmidt field goal.
A 46-yard Jason Blubaugh punt return on a 12-yard punt set up a four-yard pass from Dawdy to Travis Rogers.
Bethel got back in the red zone early in the second quarter, but gave up the ball on a bad snap on a field goal attempt. Bethel forced a punt on the series, but fumbled the ball back.
After a 23-yard Schmidt field goal, Trey Palmer returned a kickoff 86-yards for a touchdown. A two-point conversion run was stopped short.
Bethel got the ball back on a turnover. A 64-yard Scurry run on the following play was nullified on a 15-yard penalty. The Threshers scored on the drive on a 55-yard pass from Esau to Deante Edwards with 29 seconds left in the half.
Bethel recovered a Friends fumble on the second play from scrimmage in the second half. On Bethel’s first play, Scurry scurried for a 40-yard touchdown. Scurry ran in the two-point conversion.
After another Bethel stop, the Threshers lost a fumble at the Friends 27.
Bethel stopped the drive at the 8, where a bad snap on a field goal attempt gave Bethel the ball back. Bethel was forced to punt. Friends fumbled the punt back, but the Threshers were called for a false start. Friends fumbled the second punt at midfield.
The fumbles, along with a pass interference penalty, set up a four-yard Scurry run. Bethel’s two-point conversion pass failed.
A Bethel drive ended on a fumble at midfield. Friends got just eight yards on the drive, turning the ball over on downs. Another Bethel fumble was countered by a Trey Palmer interception in the end zone. Bethel gave up the ball on downs at its own 28 with 7:40 to play. Bethel recovered a fumble at the 3 with five minutes in regulation.
Bethel got a first down on a fourth and two at the Thresher 10 on a seven-yard pass from Esau to Braden Francis. Bethel got another first down on the drive to allow the team to run out the clock.
Bethel is off until March, when the Threshers take on Saint Mary, Kansas Wesleyan and Tabor. Two wins will clinch the KCAC title and an NAIA playoff berth.
“It’s cool. We have three more to go,” Harrison said. “It’s a great way to end the break. We’re going to recruit like crazy and make sure our kids are ready to graduate.”
Bethel 34, Friends 22
1q. B Scurry 6-yd. run (DeMond kick) 14:12
1q. F Marcum 1-yd. run (Schmidt kick) 11:42
1q. F safety: punt snap out of end zone 8:26
1q. F Rogers 4-yd. pass from Dawdy (Schmidt kick) 1:01
2q. F Schmidt 23-yd. field goal 7:18
2q. B Palmer 86-yd. kickoff return (run failed) 7:05
2q. B Edwards 55-yd. pass from Esau (DeMond kick) :29
3q. B Scurry 40-yd. run (Scurry run) 14:00
3q. B Scurry 4-yd. run (pass failed) 5:03
Time of poss.;28:32;21:42
RUSHING — Friends: Clowdus 24-127, Marcum 18-76, Morris 3-7, Nagy 1-7, Green 1-0, Dawdy 3-(-1). Bethel: Scurry 28-154, Harrison 2-41, Christansen 5-14, Esau 12-(-2), Francis 1-(-34).
PASSING — Friends: Dawdy 15-30-1, 95 yards. Bethel: Esau 2-3-0, 63 yards.
RECEIVING — Friends: Nagy 3-27, Maxson 2-26, Marcum 3-18, English 3-12, Green 2-8, Rogers 1-4. Bethel: Edwards 1-55, Francis 1-8.
Missed field goals — Fr.: Schmidt 29 (WL).