Tabor thrashes McPherson College 55-13 in homecoming contest

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN TOM STOPPEL
The 11th ranked Tabor College Bluejays flexed their collective muscles Saturday afternoon at Reimer Field in a 55-13 demolition of the McPherson College Bulldogs in the 2005 Homecoming game for Tabor.



Tabor’s offense scored the first three times it touched the football on drives of 83, 86 and 32 yards to build a 21-0 lead after 15 minutes of play.



The Bluejays stretched that lead to 41-0 by halftime led by Roger Butler’s 106 yards on 16 carries and three first half touchdowns and quarterback Ricky Ishida who hit on 16 of 22 pass attempts for an additional 286 yards and two touchdowns.



Tabor’s second unit offense lit up the Bulldogs in the second half and eventually opened a 55-7 advantage before McPherson scored with just 10 seconds remaining to gain a degree of respectability.



The Bluejay offensive machine rolled up 584 yards with 186 coming via land and 398 through the air as Tabor amassed 27 first downs in the game compared to 19 for the visitors.



The Tabor defense gave up 109 first half yards and finished the game allowing McPherson 260 yards of offense while recording four quarterback sacks.



The defense was led by Robert Haude with eight tackles, Jake Schenk who recorded seven solo stops and Andy Bartell who intercepted one pass and returned it 25 yards to set up another Tabor touchdown.



With the victory, Tabor improves to 6-0 overall and 5-0 and in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference race while McPherson falls to 4-2 overall and 3-2 in KCAC play.



Tabor returns to action next Saturday when the Bluejays head to Winfield to battle the explosive Southwestern Moundbuilders with kickoff slated for 1:30.

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