Tabor survives trip to Saint Mary

The 13th ranked Tabor College Bluejays survived five turnovers and defeated the University of Saint Mary Saturday in Lansing, 21-12.

Dwayne Cleaves scored on a 14 yard run on Tabors first possession of the game to give the Bluejays a quick 7-0 lead.

But it would prove to be the only score for Tabor in the half, as they led just 7-6 into the halftime locker room.

Tyson Ratzlaff hauled in a Ricky Ishida pass from 38 yards out with 6:39 to play in the third quarter, giving Tabor a 14-6 lead, but the Spires answered with a 53-yard fumble return for a score to cut the lead to 14-12.

That was the score with 7:20 to play in the contest when Ernest Garza picked off a Saint Mary pass and returned it 41 yards to secure the Bluejay victory.

Tabor had 328 yards total offense and 17 first downs to just 190 yards and nine first downs for Saint Mary, but Tabor turnovers repeatedly thwarted Bluejay drives.

With the win, Tabor moves to 7-0 overall and 6-0 in conference play.

Next Saturday, the Ottawa Braves come to Hillsboro in a battle for first place, as they also sport a perfect 6-0 KCAC record. Game time is set for 1:30.

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