Written by Katie Morford & Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 25 October 2011 17:51
A struggling Tabor offense managed to put points on the board in the second half, thanks to the leadership of freshman backup quarterback Simon McKee. But Tabor never really challenged McPherson as the Bulldogs cruised to a 28-12 victory at Joel H. Wiens Stadium.
The game didn’t start well for Tabor, as the Bluejays fumbled on the second play of the game. McPherson recovered the ball then scored on the next play with a seven-yard pass from Jake Snodgrass to Andy Skinner.
Tabor fumbled a second time at its 43-yard line later in the quarter to set up a second Bulldog Snodgrass-to-Skinner touchdown pass, this time for 33 yards.
With 1:40 left in the opening period, McPherson led, 14-0.
The second quarter didn’t get much better. Tabor fumbled again, this time on McPherson’s 43-yard line at the 10:24 mark. The Bulldogs capitalized on the opportunity, scoring on a third touchdown pass, this one 15 yards, from Snodgrass to Skinner with 12:43 left in the half for a 21-0 advantage.
The Bulldogs pushed the lead to 28-0 when Julius Record scored on a three-yard run with 5:43 left in the half.
After a scoreless third quarter, life improved for the Bluejays when McKee went in for starting quarterback Tim Rozzell. McKee threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Duray Gardener at 11:48 in the fourth quarter.
Gardener snagged the barely-in-bounds catch and the Bluejays’ first points. Anthony Pacheko’s kick was no good, making it 28-6.
But McKee wasn’t through.
With 7:50 remaining in the game, he broke free for a 30-yard run to the McPherson 37-yard line. He pushed ahead for a first down at the 11-yard line and followed his blockers to within inches of the goal line.
Kelly Walker then scrambled across for the touchdown with 5:34 to play to make the final score 28-12 after a failed two-point conversion attempt.
McKee finished with 69 yards rushing on 13 carries and completed five of seven passes for 75 yards and no interceptions.
Tabor managed 220 yards rushing on 53 carries while McPherson managed 176 yards on 35.
The Bulldogs dominated the airways with 228 yards on 17-for-28 passing compared to 75 yards for Tabor on McKee’s performance.
Coming—The Bluejays (0-6, 1-6) have an opportunity to end their six-game losing streak when they face Bethel College (1-5, 1-7) at 1:30 p.m. in North Newton.