Knights Take Down #9 Bethel University

9.7.2013 | Kentucky Christian University -- Grayson, KY

It wasn't only a good day for football, it was a great day for KCU Football. Kentucky Christian played host to western Tennessee's Bethel University, a Mid-South Conference West Division opponent, and the holder of the NAIA #9 ranking in the most recent poll.

On the opening kickoff return, Bethel fumbled, and the Knights recovered inside the 10 yard line. 90 seconds into the game, KCU was up 7-0. Bethel was able to put a field goal on the board before the end of the first quarter, but KCU countered with one of their own early in the second, bringing the score to 10-7. Minutes later, KCU's Andrew Slikker attempted what would have been a KCU-record 53 yarder. He had the distance, but the kick was pulled left. Minutes later, Bethel scored their only touchdown of the day on an interception made by a pass-rusher who blocked the ball and secured it before running 15 yards for the score. The Knights scored twice more in the second quarter on passes from Graham Johnston, first to Marcus Hicks for 5 yards, then to Jalen Simmons, for 32 yards. At the half, the score was KCU 24, Bethel 10.

During the halftime, a Knight-naming ceremony was held. Kentucky Christian University unveiled a new mascot recently, and a naming contest was held. Today Dr. Metcalf presided over the "Dubbing of the Knight" ceremony. Our new mascot has now been introduced, and is to be known as K. C. Winsalot. After a fantastic show by the KCU Marching Knight Band, we were back to football.

The second half was hotly contested, and the heat played a major factor. Players from both sides went down with cramping issues on several occasions. At the end of it all, the halftime score held out to the be the final. The Knights are now 1-1, and next week host Reinhardt University.