Tabor’s magic runs out against Friends

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DON RATZLAFF
For most of the first half, it appeared Tabor’s Cinderella story would continue into its second game, but the fairy tale turned suddenly into a nightmare as the Friends Falcons scored 29 unanswered points in the last six minutes of the second quarter and went on to beat the Bluejays 58-29 Saturday afternoon at Reimer Field.



The Bluejays looked like a contender for most of the first half. Friends scored first, but Tabor pulled back to within one, 7-6, on a 55-yard touchdown pass from Travis Davis to Tyson Ratzlaff with 1:22 left in the first quarter.



Tabor took its first lead 9-6 on a field goal with 7:11 left in the second quarter, then extended the lead to 15-7 on a five-yard touchdown run from Harvey Scruggs with 5:59 left before intermission.



Then the Bluejays stepped into the Twilight Zone. On the ensuing kickoff, the Falcon returner ran the ball all the way down to the Tabor 4-yard line. The Falcons scored a touchdown and a 2-point conversion to tie the game at 15. A series of Bluejay mental and physical mistakes over the next five minutes resulted in three more Falcon touchdowns and suddenly Tabor trailed, 36-15, going into intermission.



Inthe third quarter, Friends scored three more touchdowns, aided by more Bluejay mistakes, to take an overwhelming 58-15 lead. To their credit, Tabor refused to throw in the towel, and scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to close the final gap. Tyler Murphy scored first on a four-yard run, then Keith Herl picked up a blocked Falcon punt and ran it five yards into the end zone for Tabor’s final score.with 3:17 left in the game.



With the loss, the Bluejays fall to 1-3 overall and 1-2 in the KCAC. They play Southwestern for homecoming next Saturday beginning at 2 p.m.

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