Tabor downs Sterling College 28-14

The 12th ranked Tabor College Bluejays traveled to Sterling Saturday afternoon and defeated 20th ranked and undefeated Sterling College 28-14.

The Bluejays battled to overcome four turnovers in the game along with 15 penalties for 164 yards to keep their KCAC record unblemished at 4-0.

Tabor got on the board first when Ricky Ishida connected with tight end John Garcia from six yards out with 7:32 remaining in the first half to put the Bluejays on top 7-0.

Just three minutes later, Roger Butler scored from four yards out and although the PAT kick was wide right, Tabor pushed its lead to 13-0.

The Bluejay defense forced another Sterling punt but Tabor’s special teams coughed up the ball giving the Warriors a shortened field and they were all too glad to capitalize.

Facing second and 7 at their own 45 yard line, running back Andy Wesner hit wideout Ryan Heughan for a 55 yard touchdown with 1:18 to play in the half and the Warriors sliced the Bluejay lead to 13-7 at halftime.

In the first half, Tabor’s defense allowed just 71 yards in 24 plays with 55 of those yards coming on the touchdown strike.

Tabor regained it’s double digit lead with 3:40 to play in the third quarter when Butler scored from four yards out to push the lead to 19-7. The Bluejays added a Butler run for the two-point conversion and the lead swelled to 21-7.

But Sterling answered with a six play, 73 yard scoring drive which included a 44 yard pass, to cut the lead to 21-14 at the 5:03 mark.

But the Bluejay offense rolled up its sleeves and worked the clock as well as the real estate at Sterling to chew up 80 yards in 11 plays with Butler scoring his third touchdown, this time from 15 yards out. The drive took 4:26 off the clock and sealed the victory for Tabor.

The Bluejay offensive machine rolled up 457 yards of total offense led by Butler’s 198 yards on 35 carries and Ishida’s passing, completing 18 of 29 tosses for 204 yards.

On the other side of the ball, Tabor shut down Sterling’s vaunted veer offense, allowing the Warriors just 54 rushing yards on 36 carries and a total of 168 yards of total offense.

With the win, Tabor moves to 5-0 overall and 4-0 in the KCAC and sits alone atop the conference standings while Sterling falls to 4-1 overall and 3-1 in conference play.

Tabor returns home next Saturday to host McPherson College in the 2005 Homecoming game. Kickoff is set for 2:00 p.m.

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