Following Tabor?s 55-6 loss at Ottawa Saturday night, coach Mike Gardner and his players aired frustrations in a team rap session.
?What we?re going through right now are some real growing pains with everything,? said Gardner. ?I suppose that part of the process.?
Tabor?s lack of offensive production eventually stifled Tabor, who saw much improvement on the defensive end through the first quarter to the 7:37 mark in the second, only allowing two field goals.
After fumbling away the ball on the first play from scrimmage, Ottawa opened the game?s scoring with a Casey Wieder 36-yard field goal with 12:04 in the first quarter on its second possession.
Tabor answered with a 13 play, 42-yard drive capped by a Sean Rothwell 33-yard field goal at the 4:55 mark in the second quarter.
Ottawa regained the lead 6-3, capitalizing on a Wieder 43-yard field goal with 1:51 in the first quarter.
The first touchdown of the game came from Ottawa with 7:37 to play. The 18-yard pass from Bobby Adamson to Clarence Anderson and Wieder PAT kick was good to take a 13-6 lead.
That opened the flood gate for the Ottawa offense.
The Braves scored two more touchdowns before the end of the half taking a 27-6 lead into the locker room. The first came when Baer scored on a run from 13-yards out. The Wieder PAT kick gave Ottawa a 20-3 lead with 3:43 in the first half.
The final score if the half was scored on an Adamson pass to Travis Adamson for a 34-yard touchdown.
Tabor scored its final points and the first points of the second half, capping a 10-play 52-yard drive with a 27-yard Rothwell field goal. Tabor trailed 27-6 with 11:00 in the third quarter.
?Obviously we didn?t score any touchdowns, which was obviously disappointing,? said Gardner. ?We didn?t move the ball with any consistency, which was disappointing. And we had a lot of broken assignments, which was disappointing.?
The comeback attempt was short-lived as Ottawa scored on a 38-yard Adamson pass to Shane Gizmo and Wieder PAT kick for a 34-6 lead with 7:20 in the third quarter.
Adamson found Anderson for the wide receiver?s second touchdown reception to take 41-6 lead with 4:10 to play in the third.
That’s when frustration set in for Tabor.
Shadoe Solomon was flagged for a personal foul after being involved in an altercation with Ottawa?s Kyle Nauman. Discussing the play on the sideline with an onlooker, Solomon described being taken to the ground by his facemask and attacked by a group of Braves before retaliating.
On the ensuing possession for Ottawa, Spencer Brown was flagged for a late hit on the Ottawa sideline. The personal foul moved Ottawa to the Tabor 11-yard line, where Gizmo scored on a touchdown run.
On the kick off return for Tabor, Kevin Wynn was taken down by D.J. Smith, who celebrated with a jump inches from Wynn. Wynn was flagged for trying to strike Smith.
Artavious Addison also was called for personal foul penalty in the fourth quarter for an altercation with an Ottawa offensive lineman.
?Kid?s just got discouraged,? said Gardner. ?When that happens I think you start to lose a few things and that showed up there toward the end.?
He continued, ?Now you can sit there and call that all on us, but it takes two. I will defend the guys in this area. I don?t think that was all on us. Did you notice again where the flags are coming from? They?re not coming from our sideline.?
Ottawa closed the game by scoring its final touchdown on a 12-yard touchdown run by Baer with 2:08 to play.
Ottawa racked up 575 yards of total offense. Adamson was 18-for-27 with 295 yards and four touchdowns. Anderson led all receivers with four catches for 93 yards and two touchdowns.
Tabor had 226 yards of offense with 233 coming from the arm of Joey Erickson.
Tabor (1-4, 1-3) returns home to face Sterling (2-3, 1-3) Saturday at Joel H. Wiens stadium. The Warriors are on a three-game losing streak and fell 20-13 to Friends Saturday.
McPherson 73, University of St. Mary 24
Friends 20, Sterling 13
Kansas Wesleyan 59, Haskell 7
Ottawa 55, Tabor 6
Bethany 44, Bethel 31