Tabor defeats McPherson, 29-14

The Tabor football team defeated McPherson, 29-14, Saturday.

After McPherson went three-and-out to start the game, Tabor got on the board with a 34-yard field goal by Jared Slavens.

The Bluejays added a safety on the kickoff for a 5-0 lead with 11:12 left in the opening quarter.

On the next drive, a 45-yard field goal attempt by Slavens missed wide left, but the Bluejays managed one more score in the opening quarter when James Monroe capped a 15-play, 83-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown leap over the pile on fourth-and-goal.

Slavens? kick made it 12-0, a lead Tabor held to the end of the first quarter.

The teams traded punts, and the Tabor defense came up big on McPherson?s next possession.

Dylan Delk and Terach Antoine sacked quarterback Jordan Hoffman on the first play of the drive, and two plays later, Matt McElroy intercepted Hoffman and ran it back for 6 points. Slavens? kick increased Tabor?s lead to 19-0 with 10:03 left in the half.

The Bulldogs managed a score on a 7-yard touchdown run with 1:33 to go in the half for a 19-7 Tabor lead at intermission.

Tabor?s first two drives of the second half ended with interceptions, but Anthony Daniel returned the favor by intercepting Hoffman and cashing in 6 points for Tabor. The Bluejays led, 26-7, after Slavens? kick with 10:41 left in the third quarter.

Following a McPherson punt, Tabor drove to the Bulldog 21-yard line, but a fumble turned into 6 points for McPherson, narrowing the gap to 26-14 after the extra-point kick.

Tabor scored once more when Slavens hit a 33-yard field goal with 5:57 left in the game for the final, 29-14, score.

With the win, Tabor improved to 5-1 in the KCAC, 7-1 overall. Tabor will host Bethany (0-6, 1-7) Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

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