LINDSBORG — It can now be said without any trepidation.
The Bethany College football team is for real.
The Swedes improved to 4-0 overall on the season and are tied for first place in the KCAC after an impressive 30-21 victory on Saturday over Ottawa, which is coached by former Swede All-American Kent Kessinger.
Both teams unleashed a punishing ground attack, with the Swedes rushing for 297 yards, led by Jafar Thomas with 188 yards on just 13 carries, which included runs of 75 and 68 yards. Freshman running back Aaron Knox continues to turn heads with 84 yards on 21 carries.
Bethany led 14-7 at the half on a pair of short Knox TD runs, but Ottawa tied the game right after the break.
From there, the Swedes dominated.
Knox put the Swedes ahead to stay in the third quarter with his third TD. James Augusta pushed the lead to 24-14 with a 40-yard field goal and Thomas completed the Swede scoring with his 68-yard TD jaunt.
Bethany’s defense did a great job defending the pass as the Braves were just 8 of 25 for a measly 109 yards. The Braves’ James Reeder and De’Shawn Jones did rush for 108 and 104 yards, respectively.
Bethany will try to start 5-0 on Saturday when it travels to Leavenworth to take on Saint Mary.