Tabor soars over Southwest Assemblies of God 30-14

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN ANDREW OTTOSON
Coming off of a 21-17 loss to Kansas-Wesleyan, the Tabor Bluejays put forth a winning effort at Reimer Field on Saturday night.



The first quarter ended 0-0 with both offenses hampered by penalties and all the visible signs that the game would be a defensive struggle.



The second quarter opened with Bluejay kicker Derik Martinez standing with the wind at his back and driving a punt high into the air from the Tabor 20-yard line–sailing 80 yards, the kick bounced out of the opposite end zone.



When the Tabor offense next touched the ball, quarterback Ricky Ishida lined up at midfield, called for the snap, and gunned the ball 32 yards to Caleb Marsh.



Ishida found Marsh open again five plays later for a 25-yard touchdown strike, and the Bluejays went up 7-0 with 9:16 left in the first half.



On their next drive, the Bluejays fumbled the ball at their own 17 yard line and runningback Brian Thomas converted the field position into points, running the ball six consecutive times to knot the game at 7.



Tabor’s next drive ended with Julius Williams scampering 9 yards into the end zone as time expired in the first half.



With Tabor up 14-7 as the third quarter began, neither offense found the scoreboard again until Martinez added three points by way of a 21 yard field goal.



Thomas then scored his second touchdown of the game on a 21 yard run, bringing the Lions within three with 8 minutes to go.



Head coach Robert Rubel then sent DeJuan Jones onto the field in place of Ishida.



Jones showed off both his legs and his arm, running the option three times before lauching a 51 yard rocket caught by Nate Owens on his way to the end zone.



The score put Tabor up by 10 with 5:16 to play.



Then, as time wound down, and with the wind in his face, Lions quarterback Joseph Garcia put up a desperation heave toward the endzone; the ball came down at the Tabor 9 yard line, was picked off by Desmond Quinones and returned 91 yards to cap the scoring.



As Quinones celebrated with his teammates in the north end zone, the clock showed 0:00 and the scoreboard showed Tabor 30, SAGU 14.

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