LINDSBORG — The Bethany College Swedes have officially turned the KCAC football race into a mess.
With a pulsating 30-28 homecoming victory Saturday over No. 15 ranked Sterling College, handing the Warriors their first conference loss, there’s now a four-way tie at the top with four games to go.
Bethany, Sterling, Tabor and Kansas Wesleyan are all 4-1 in the conference as it promises to be pure madness down the stretch.
This was the Swedes’ signature win of the year as their others in the KCAC had come against second-division teams, as well as their only loss, that to Saint Mary.
The Swedes held off one last gasp by Sterling, which has spent the season living on the edge with two games going down to the last play.
Bethany’s Isaiah Salazar was 21 of 31 for 213 yards and a pair of TDs, both to Rodney Molette. Jafar Thomas had a pair of TD runs and James Augusta had a field goal.
Sterling lost the game despite pounding the Bethany defense for 314 yards on the ground, led by quarterback Eric Butler with 148 and running back Aaron Chishom added 113. Butler, however, threw for only 72.
The Swedes, 5-1 overall, can’t afford to look past next week’s game at Southwestern. They still have not played arch-rival Kansas Wesleyan or Tabor, as well as Friends, so the Swedes probably have among the toughest schedules in the KCAC left to play.