The Tabor College football team fell to McPherson by a final score of
43-10 Saturday in Hillsboro. Bluejays kicker Stephen Gulledge scored
all 10 of Tabor's points: he drilled a 50-yard field goal for a 3-0
lead, and turned a broken play on a field goal attempt into a short
touchdown run?then nailed the point after. On the touchdown, Gulledge
scooped up a live ball after the snap failed to connect with the
holder; he sprinted to his right and found a lane down the sideline
opened by a number of effective blocks, and beat the defensive pursuit
to the front corner pylon. The subsequent kick cut McPherson's lead to
21-10 leading into halftime.
Despite making a handful of fine defensive play, the Bluejays were
unable to keep up with McPherson's quick-strike offense, which put up
long touchdowns on the first play of both the second and third
quarters. Despite several nice runs by Derek Washington and others,
Tabor was held scoreless in the second half.
McPherson put up 587 yards of offense?454 through the air?but also gave away two interceptions and a fumble. Tabor's offense put up 199 yards, but was severely hampered by a running game that gave back 71 of the 152 yards Tabor gained, for a net total of 81 rushing yards. A 31-yard run by Zeb Petty was Tabor's biggest offensive play.
The Bluejays play at Southwestern next Saturday. Southwestern survived
a late field goal attempt and beat Bethel 21-20 this week.