The Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes took some of the excitement out of the
air at Tabor's groundbreaking party Saturday, defeating the Bluejays
63-34 on six passing touchdowns by Drew Dallas. Tabor scored five
rushing touchdowns—Marc Amos had three—but the defense had few answers
for the Coyotes offensive scheme. KW totaled 230 rushing yards and 235
passing, but behind the curtain of Wesleyan's big-play passes and
nearly balanced yardage totals was a lopsidedness in favor of the run,
which the Bluejays were unable to contain.
But the whole tone
almost certainly would have been different if not for a bad break on
the first series. Tabor forced a 3-and-out with a sack by Terence
George on third-and-10, but the punt wobbled in the wind and fell on an
unaware Bluejay at the Tabor 37. Vicente Arellano recovered for the
Coyotes, who opened the scoring on a 34-yard hook-and-lateral to Jason
Dolan two plays later.
Trailing 7-0, Tabor punted from midfield
on its first possession, but the Bluejay defense bounced back. Teal
Stutzman walloped Preston McCorkle to force a fumble at the Coyote 24.
Joe Wuest jumped on the loose ball for Tabor, and the Bluejays scored
on a six-inch quarterback sneak by Amos with 4:53 left in the first.
teams traded 3-and-outs, with Tabor nearly returning the special teams
turnover favor when Zack Anaya hit Amado Coronado following a 44-yard
punt by Kevin Carroll. But unfortunately for the Bluejays, Coyote
blocker Ken Mitchell recovered the loose ball on one bounce and added
21 yards to Coronado's botched return.
Kansas Wesleyan put together a 13-play scoring drive capped by a throw from Dallas to Eric Thrush 3:44 into the second quarter.
14-7, Tabor had a 39-yard kickoff return by Demetrius Cox wiped off the
books by the first of an unending parade of penalties—the teams were
flagged a combined 23 times for 215 yards—and went 3-and-out, with
Carroll punting into the wind five yards outside his own end zone.
Coyotes took over at the Tabor 31 and scored on a 4-play series that
ended in a Dallas-to-Marcus Lowe touchdown pass with 8:04 to go in the
Tabor's next drive began with another illegal
block penalty, but ended with a Derek Washington leaning into the end
zone at the end of a 2-yard touchdown plunge. Cox made two key plays on
the drive: a 14-yard run on second-and-8, and a 17-yard reception on
Kansas Wesleyan answered with a score—a 34-yard
connection from Dallas to Lowe—and a turnover on Tabor's ensuing
possession. Washington broke a 17-yard run, but fumbled at the Tabor
45. Arellano recovered.
The Tabor defense rallied again, with
Aaron Munsch forcing and recovering McCorkle's second fumble of the
game, but the offense was unable to capitalize. An 11-yard punt after a
3-and-out gave the Coyotes one more chance to score before halftime.
scrambled for 13 yards, and rushed his team to the line to stop the
clock. But on the final play of the half, Dallas was intercepted by
Nick Brown, who deftly tracked a pass intended for Dolan that was
deflected by Stutzman. Amos took the game to halftime on a kneel down.
it was all KW from there, as the Coyotes ran off five straight scores
to turn their 28-14 halftime lead into a 56-14 rout. Demetrius Cox
scored on an 89-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter, and
Amos followed up with a 14-yard touchdown to Adrian Clay. Both teams
scored in the final minute of the game: Wesleyan on a 22-yard toss from
backup quarterback Johnny Park to Justin Sutton, and Tabor on a 10-yard
option run by Amos.
Stutzman finished with 11 tackles. Cox finished with 117 rushing yards.