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Football stats update reveals new record set in 2014

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – When the Bethel College football program’s statistical records were updated recently, one player who’s now a junior found he had a record – set when he was a freshman.

As a freshman, Robert Smith, Lakeland, Florida, had a 97-yard kickoff return against Sterling College in 2014 that is now known to be the longest in the Threshers’ history.

“I have been digging in the history and statistical records for the football team, and have updated it all to include all completed seasons in the program,” said Joshua Booth, Bethel’s sports information director. “That’s how I found out about Robert Smith breaking the kickoff return record.”

The most recent team record is from just this year, and also came in a game against Sterling. Although Bethel lost the Oct. 15 game, the team scored 56 points, the most by a Thresher offense in program history.

The updated football stats can be viewed at

Bethel College is the only private college in Kansas listed in the analysis of top colleges and universities, the Washington Monthly National Universities-Liberal Arts section and the National Liberal Arts College category of U.S. News & World Report, all for 2016'17. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

In sports, Bethel competes within the 12-school Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference, and the National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics. For more information, see

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As the first Mennonite college founded in North America, Bethel College celebrates a tradition of progressive Christian liberal arts education, diversity within community, and lifelong learning.