Tabor defeats Kansas Wesleyan 30-28

Tabor College, ranked 20th this week in the NAIA polls, traveled to Salina Saturday to battle 16th ranked Kansas Wesleyan, and the Bluejays escaped with a huge 30-28 victory.

Ricky Ishida hit Dwayne Cleaves with a 19-yd touchdown pass with 11:52 to play in the first quarter, giving Tabor a 7-0 lead.

Tyler Marsh then connected with Tyson Ratzlaff for a 43-yd pass, and Tabor led 13-0 just six minutes into the contest.

But Kansas Wesleyan scored the final 21 points of the first half to take a 21-13 lead into the half time locker room.

Tabor scored on the first play of the second half when Ratzlaff caught a 58-yd scoring strike from Ishida, to bring Tabor within two, 21-19.

The first play of the fourth quarter, Andy Strecker reeled in an Ishida touchdown pass of 11-yds and Tabor regained the lead 27-21.

But when Lonnell Walker returned an Ishida pass interception 25-yds with 6:45 to play, Kansas Wesleyan regained the lead 28-27.

The Bluejays proceeded to drive down field, but the drive stalled on the Kansas Wesleyan 28 yard line. Tabor head coach Tim McCarty called upon place kicker Keenan Morris, and Morris nailed a 45-yd field goal with just 1:36 remaining, giving Tabor the 30-28 KCAC victory.

Ishida threw for 261 yards and Ratzlaff reeled in seven receptions for 198 yards as Tabor improved to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in conference play.

Tabor travels to Lindsborg to tangle with Bethany next Saturday afternoon.

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