Tabor (5-1, 6-2) dominated in every aspect of the game today, taking a 75-6 win from Bethel College in a home conference match-up. The Bluejays improve to a third-place ranking in the KCAC as they head into Saturday’s road game with Southwestern College (4-5, 3-1).
The Bluejays hit the ground running with two touchdowns and a field goal for a quick 17-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. They added a field goal to start the second period, before Bethel scored their only points of the game on a long pass to sophomore running back Marquis Sykes to make it 20-6.
But Tabor came right back when sophomore defensive back Daniel Krehbiel picked up a fumble on the Thresher 21-yard line to set up more Tabor points, 23-6. After adding another field goal with two minutes left, Bluejay Donnell Davis returned a kick 50 yards to the Bethel 40 with 37 seconds left, setting up a touchdown run from senior running back Nate Harrison to close out the half with a 33-6 Bluejay lead.
Tabor ran away from Bethel in the second half, racking up 42 total points. They set the tone early with a touchdown scramble from junior running back James Monroe and a Nik France interception that set up another score to make it 47-6 at 10:20. A fumble recovery turned into another Tabor touchdown with a pass to freshman wide receiver Kaden Anderson to end the third period.
Another fumble, another Tabor touchdown began the fourth quarter. Two facemask penalties and one late hit penalty brought the Bluejays to the Bethel eight-yard line, and then freshman quarterback Jacob Wenzl ran it in for the final score, 75-6.
Sophomore quarterback Simon McKee led his team with 152 rushing yards for a touchdown and four completions for 101 yards and two touchdowns through the air. Backing him up was Monroe with 96 yards on the ground. Senior Tanner Giffin led the receiving core with two receptions and 58 yards for a score, followed by Anderson with his 35-yard touchdown catch. Freshman kicker Joe Cannon had another strong day for the Bluejays, kicking four field goals and having a perfect day on PAT kicks.
Junior defensive end Terach Antoine anchored the defense with seven total tackles, helped out by Josh Murphy with six and France, Dylan Delk, JoJo Galvez and Chris Sanborn with five tackles each. France also had an interception for 24 yards. Antoine, Joe Jimenez and Moustapha Mbaye each forced a fumble, with fumble recoveries from France, Krehbiel and Davis.