The Tabor College football team brought an underdog's game plan into
Saturday's game at Friends, but proved a small obstruction as the
Falcons unloaded 660 yards of offense in a 65-17 dismantling of the
But for most of one quarter, the Bluejays proved a tough opponent, as
the defense forced several punts and scored the game's first points
with 56 seconds left in the frame. Sidney Childers put Tabor ahead 6-0
with a 26-yard fumble return, and Stephen Gulledge tacked on the extra
Friends countered almost instantaneously, with quarterback Tim Rozzell scoring on a 34-yard run 2:01 after the Bluejays' score.
Rozzell ended up accounting for five touchdowns on the night, with
three of his four passing touchdowns coming later in the second
quarter. Chris Bolander scored the first of two rushing touchdowns at
7:46 of the second, giving Friends a 14-7 lead. Then came Rozzell
touchdown pass to Doug Pierce.
Marc Amos scored on a 33-yard run to lift Tabor within 20-14, but the Falcons dominated the action from that point on.
Jeran Trotter came on midway through the third and posted 182 rushing
yards on nine carries — an average of 20.2 yards per handoff.
Tabor melted down, committing 101 yards worth of penalties while
gaining just 170 yards of offense. Subtracting plays that lost yardage,
the Bluejays totaled 125 offensive yards. Friends rushed for 408 and
threw for 287.
The brightest spots for Tabor were the plays made by Artavious Addison
(12 tackles, 9 solo) and Teal Stutzman (14 tackles, 7 solo). Stutzman
also recorded the first quarterback sack made by the Bluejays defense
Jordan Highley caused most of Tabor's offensive problems, with 3 sacks
and 3.5 tackles for loss. Taken together, Highley's tackles cost the
Bluejays 38 yards. Quinn Cunningham notched two interceptions.
The Bluejays play Peru State next Saturday.