Bluejays drop home game to McPherson

A struggling Bluejay offense managed to put points on the board in the second half, thanks to the leadership of freshman back-up quarterback Simon McKee, but Tabor never really challenged McPherson as the Bulldogs cruised to a 28-12 victory today. 

The game did not start well for Tabor, with the Bluejays fumbling the first possession, McPherson scoring, and then Tabor fumbling a second time at their 43 yard line to set up a Bulldog touchdown off a third and 13 conversion. With 1:40 left in the first quarter, McPherson already was up, 14-0. 

The second quarter did not get any better, when Tabor fumbled again on McPherson’s 43 yard line at 10:24. The Bulldogs recovered it and capitalized on the opportunity, driving for a touchdown with 5:43 left to make it 28-0. 

However, life began to improve for the Bluejays when McKee went in for starting quarterback Tim Rozzell. McKee threw a touchdown pass to Tabor’s Duray Gardener at 11:54 in the fourth quarter. Gardener dragged a toe for the barely-in-bounds catch and the Bluejays’ first points. The extra point was no good, making it 28-6. 

But McKee was not done. With 7:50 remaining in the game, McKee broke free for a 30 yard run to McPherson’s 37 yard line. He pushed forward for a first down at the 11 yard line and followed his blockers to within inches of the goal line. Bluejay Kelly Walker scrambled across for the score at 5:34 to make it 28-12. A two-point conversion attempt failed, making 28-12 the final score.

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