Thresher football has reasons to celebrate
by D.J. Bronson
NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – After a winless 2012 season, the Bethel College football program showed significant improvement in 2013 under the direction of new head coach Marty Mathis.
The Threshers earned their second win of the season on Senior Day, Nov. 16, beating Bethany 26-14.
A multitude of players ended the season with high praise after the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) meeting Nov. 17.
Garrett Garcia, senior from Newton, and Terrance Toney, freshman from Cape May Courthouse, N.J., both earned KCAC Player of the Week honors for their performances against Bethany.
Garcia was named Defensive Player of the Week following a game that included six total tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss, a blocked field goal, an interception and a fumble recovery.
Toney was awarded Special Teams Player of the Week, thanks in large part to his game-changing 100-yard touchdown return off of a blocked field goal.
In the annual conference meeting, seven Thresher players received league honors for their play this season.
Thresher wide receiver Tommy Alexander, junior from San Diego, Calif., was a unanimous pick for First Team All-Conference Offensive Team. This award came after Alexander exploded onto the KCAC scene this year with 62 receptions, 1,048 receiving yards, and 10 receiving touchdowns on the year.
These numbers ranked Alexander second in the conference in receptions, second in receiving yards, and third in receiving touchdowns.
Freshman running back Stephen Scott, Baltimore, Md., was named Second Team All-Conference for a performance this season that included 1,550 total yards rushing from scrimmage, 11 total touchdowns and an average of 128.1 yards rushing per game.
Garcia, a defensive lineman, along with Ja’Terious Pouncy (DB), freshman from Bossier City, La., Taylor Morris (LB), senior from North Newton, Jared Kaufman (OL), senior from Moundridge, and Edward Davila (OL), senior from Hesston, all earned Honorable Mention for their positions.
Coach Mathis announced the honors to the players in their final team meeting of the season Nov. 18, expressing his pride in the Threshers’ performance and his hopes for individual and team success continuing into the off season.
Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2013-14 Forbes.com analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States, and is the highest-ranked Kansas college in the Washington Monthly annual college guide for 2013-14. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA.
In sports, Bethel competes in the 10-school Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference and the National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu and www.bethelthreshers.com.
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