Lakeville, Minn. / South
The Bethel football team continues to meet every challenge in its path this fall, with the latest coming in the form of a 41-17 win over upstart Gustavus at home on Saturday. Defensive back Matt Mehlhorn (Lakeville, Minn./South) had his fingerprints all over Royals' latest victory, highlighted by a defensive touchdown that ranks as the longest play in school history. For his outstanding and record-setting performance, Mehlhorn was named the MIAC Football Defensive Player-of-the-Week.
The Bethel sophomore etched his name in the record books when he intercepted a Gustavus pass in the end zone and returned it 100 yards for the longest play in the Royals' storied history. That huge play added to Mehlhorn's big day, which included nine tackles (seven solo) with the interception, a pass breakup and a blocked field goal. This season, Mehlhorn has racked up 32 tackles (18 solo), an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery to help Bethel remain undefeated.
Thanks to Saturday's victory over the Gusties, Bethel remains in control of the MIAC title race as the league's only unbeaten team at 7-0 overall and 5-0 in the conference. The Royals remained ranked No. 5 by D3football.com and No. 8 by the AFCA. Saturday, Bethel will try to stay undefeated and take one more step towards a conference title when it travels to nearby St. Paul. Bethel will face Hamline at the Pipers' Klas Field Saturday at 1 p.m.