Tabor football season a record-breaker in 2001

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The Tabor College football team has experienced growing pains the past couple of years, but those pains are paying big dividends in the statistics department.


Thanks to a lot of hard work and research from Tabor football administrative assistant Brett Thiessen (see article, Page 12), and head coach Tim McCarty, those numbers are now available to the public.


Tabor’s 25-0 win over Sterling College during homecoming weekend was the first homecoming win in eight years and the first shutout in 23 years. It was also only the seventh shutout in Tabor football history.


But that’s only the beginning.


Total points increased from 195 during the 2000 season to 336 this season.


Total yards increased by 1,225, from 2,561 to 3,786. Statistics from last year show that passing yards totaled 2,183 compared with this year’s 2,761. Rushing yards climbed from 378 to 1,025.


The number of touchdowns almost doubled during the 2001 season from 24 to 44. Twenty-five passing touchdowns surpassed last season’s 17, and rushing touchdowns tied the old record of 15.


In their final game of the season, Nov. 10, against McPherson College, Tabor scored the most points ever in a game: 57.


The most pass completions and pass attempts were also broken, totalling 160 and 356, respectively.


Senior kicker Dylan Pohlman, Burrton, was responsible for 37 extra points-not only an individual season record, but contributing to his individual career record of 67.


Other season records include Jason Phelps, Elk City, Okla., with eight interceptions, Tyler Marsh, Elk City, with 22 punt returns, and David Hernandez, Junction City, with 18 passing touchdowns.


Hernandez also came close to tying two other season records. He was third in passing with 1,780 yards-also another individual career record-and third in total offense with 1,837 yards.


Steve Seaman, Garland, Texas, moved up fourth-place in kickoff returns for touchdowns in Tabor history, contributing to the best kickoff return average of 22.24 yards per attempt.


Tyson Ratzlaff, Hillsboro, became the second-highest scorer with 84 points and caught 14 touchdowns. Ratzlaff and Marsh became the second- and third-highest players in receiving yards at 1,132 and 872, and receptions at 54 and 48, respectively.


Other individual career records include Ratzlaff’s 20 receiving touchdowns, 1,718 receiving yards and 87 receptions.


Nathan Funk, Hillsboro, had 97 receptions, 1,686 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns receptions.


Marsh’s career records now stand at 78 receptions and 39 punt returns.


Hernandez’s career records now include 18 passing touchdowns and 1,780 passing yards.


The Tabor College football team ended its season 4-5 in the KCAC and 5-5 overall.

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