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The Salina Journal
NORTH NEWTON, KS—Patching together what's available to him should becoming old hat for Jamie Cruce and his Bethany football staff came up with another new lineup Saturday night.
And behind yet another reworked offensive line, the Swedes got 198 rushing yards from Tevis Linnebur and ground out a 16-0 KCAC win over Bethel at Joe Goering Field.
That squares Bethany's conference mark at 1-1, 2-1 overall while Bethel remains winless (0-2, 0-3).
The offensive was of major concern to Cruce when yet another casualty fell in the form of tackle James Berry. Suddenly, men were pressed into duty that either hadn't seen the field or were playing in unfamiliar positions.
But from the outset, this jury-rigged group was up to the task as the Swedes marched 90 yards with their first possession for a touchdown.
"I'm really proud of how we played," said Josh Villarreal, a junior guard who did the shotgun snaps in this one. "We went through all that adversity, and then to come out here and be able to drive the ball the first possession all the way down the field—showed we could really come together.
"And although we haven't played together (as a unit) were able to show up tonight."
Cody Derr, a Phillipsburg sophomore, suddenly found himself on a different side of center against the Threshers.
"I started on the right side, then had to play the left side the first two games—now back to the right side, so I'm comfortable with both sides now," Derr said.
"Tevis did a helluva job—he motivates us to block for him."
For Linnebur, getting the call 38 times for the 198 yards and two touchdowns, it was more than even he expected, especially with all the changes in the offensive line.
"We found out last night that one of our tackles was going to be missing, so last night (during walkthrough) we had to flip it around when we started finding out.
"That kind of adversity makes us better. Anything (positive) that's going to come out of it is good. If you noticed, half the time I wasn't even getting touched until if was five, ten yards down the field."
"I told the guys were would be some rough spots," Cruce said, "just because we shuffled everybody around—we were thin—there were true freshmen playing as well—but we were able to move the ball and get a couple touchdown lead and that was big.
"We did some things (turnovers) that gave them opportunities but thankfully, when we did that we were able to stiffen up there. It's great to see a goose egg on the scoreboard—so hats off to the defense."
With Linnebur taking up the rushing slack, Darby House enjoyed his best game of the season completing 19 of 32 balls for 177 yards. After suffering six pick in the first two games of the year, he didn't have any in this one.
Dre Thompson turned out to be his favorite target hauling in seven aerials for 82 yards.
After Bethany marched the field in 15 plays for Linnebur's first TD, a four yard burst with 5:37 left in the first quarter, the Swedes put together an 10-play, 65 yard drive for a second six-pointer. Linnebur got the final two yards 4:35 ahead of intermission.
Bethany's defense accounted for all the scoring in the second half after Zack Waggoner punted the ball down to the three yard line. On first down from there the Swedes came with an all out blitz and took quarterback Bo Pratt down in the endzone for a safety at 8:22 of the third period.
Of the 159 yards surrendered by Bethany, 45 came on a broken pass play.
Steve Williams led the Swedes with seven tackles and pass rush specialist Chris Washington accounted for a pair of quarterback sacks.
Next up for Bethany is the 100th meeting between the Swedes and Kansas Wesleyan when to two square off in Lindsborg next Saturday night.