Tabor drubs Bethel 55-7

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Tabor scored 42 unanswered points before Bethel could get on the board en route to a 55-7 drubbing Saturday in North Newton.

Tabor won the coin toss and choose to have the wind at its back to open the game, giving Bethel the first possession. The strategy paid off as Bethel committed a turnover throwing into the wind.

?That first quarter clock management keeping the wind in our favor was absolutely huge,? said coach Mike Gardner. ?And it also helps to get a pick-six to start the game,?

Charles Urrita started the scoring with a 43-yard interception touchdown return of Jason Vail on the second play from scrimmage. A Sean Rothwell PAT kick gave Tabor a 7-0 lead :58 seconds into the game.

Tabor scored again on an eight-play, 53-yard drive capped by a Joey Erickson pass to Marquis Leauma. Rothwell converted his second PAT kick to put Tabor up 14-0 with 7:50 in the second.

The Bluejays? final first quarter touchdown came at the 1:21 mark. Erickson threw for his second score finding Aziz Spellman-Smith for a 38-yard strike. Rothwell made his third PAT kick, extending the Bluejay lead 21-0.

Tabor?s fourth score of the game was set up by Tabor special teams. On a fake punt pass by Bethel on fourth-and-nine from the Tabor 43, Trent Reif intercepted punter Levi Keffer.

On the ensuing Tabor scoring drive, Andrew Herard broke free for a 21-yard run to the Threshers? 20. Three plays later, Herard pounded in the Bluejays? fourth touchdown of the first half. Rothwell remained perfect on PAT kicks, giving Tabor a 28-0 lead.

Tabor scored once more right before the half to head to the locker room with a 35-0 lead. With :08 on the clock, Erickson found Bruce Nix for a 12-yard touchdown followed by Rothwell?s fifth PAT kick.

Tabor started the first half with another scoring drive. Moving down the field with a mix of the passing and running game, Tabor made it 42-0 with 12:28 to play in the third.

Bethel answered with its only score of the game. Vail completed a 29-yard pass for a touchdown to Andrew McNary. The ensuing James Cousler PAT made it 42-7 Tabor with 7:14 to play in the third.

?You hate to be in a situation in a game like this where you?re still giving up chunks of yardage,? said Gardner. ?We had two plays, maybe three plays where they got more than 25 yards.

He continued, ?That?s something as you start to play other teams, and towards the end of the year I hope we?ll get better at chunk plays.?

Tabor scored two more touchdowns to end the game, the first immediately following the Bethel score on a 43-yard James Monroe touchdown run with 7:00 to play.

The final Tabor score was scored by Kevin Wynn on a five-yard run.

Tabor (2-4, 2-5) travels to McPherson (6-0, 7-0) next week. The Bulldogs beat Southwestern in Winfield 55-21 Saturday.

To watch a replay of the Tabor at Bethel game go to https://www.hillsborofreepress.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=18093590&catid=3.

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