ORIGINALLY WRITTEN ANDREW OTTOSON
Tabor used a balanced attack and totaled over 400 yards of offense on Saturday, but only scored twice.
A 73 yard run by Montrell Vann at the end of the first quarter gave FU a 7-0 lead, but Tabor’s defense was exceedingly stingy the rest of the first half and into the third quarter.
The third quarter opened with TC moving the ball against the Friends defense like a hot knife through warm butter.
Jenkins spent most of the first three quarters running over, around and through every defender sent to cover him, but the wind blowing stifly out of the south helped keep the ball out of his hands.
As the wind calmed down during half time, Jenkins heated up, and the receiver torched the FU secondary for 64 yards on catches as the Bluejays knotted the score.
After Jenkins’ touchdown, Friends sent an extra defender to his side of the field, leaving Nate Owens a little more room to work, and Owens promptly got loose for a 44 yard grab.
That drive stalled, but the next one put Tabor up 14-7 at the start of the fourth quarter.
Friends quarterback Chris Randolf fired a salvo four minutes later, connecting on a 15-yarder to Abe Kersting, a 15-yarder to Luke Flannagan and a 38-yarder to Kersting, and FU appeared to even the score.
But kicker Colton Cody missed the extra point with 9:27 showing on the clock.
The Bluejays ran 8 plays and burned 6:12 worth of play clock on their next drive, but came away with no points.
With 3:15 left, Randolf authored an 11-play, 57-yard drive to set up Cody’s big kick.
The 40-yard field goal put FU up by a pair with 16 seconds left, and no amount of desperation on the part of the Bluejay offense was able to move the ball into position for a Derik Martinez try.