Tabor rolls past Bethany, 57-14

Simon McKee scrambles for a 6-yard touchdown during the first quarter to give Tabor a 14-7 lead over Bethany.The 10th-ranked Tabor College football team rolled to a 57-14 victory over Bethany Saturday.

The Swedes kept pace with the Bluejays early on, answering Tabor?s first two scores with touchdowns of their own to tie the game at 14 midway through the first quarter.

But after that, the Bluejays shut down the Swedes and blew the game open with six more touchdowns and a safety.

It didn?t take long for the Bluejays to put their first points on the board, as quarterback Simon McKee rushed for a 73-yard touchdown on the second play of the game, giving Tabor a 7-0 lead just 46 seconds in.

Bethany answered with a 10-play, 79-yard scoring drive capped by a 4-yard touchdown pass that tied the game at the 9:54 mark. Kaden Anderson hauls in a 3-yard touchdown pass from Simon McKee to give Tabor a 28-14 lead over Bethany during the second quarter Saturday.

Tabor?s next drive was highlighted by back-to-back passes from McKee to Torrey Gill for 12 and 20 yards, respectively. Two plays later, on the eighth play of the drive, McKee crossed the goal line on a 6-yard keeper, pushing Tabor back in front, 14-7.

The Swedes, however, needed only three plays to score, thanks to a 72-yard pass that put Bethany on the Tabor 9-yard line. Bethany punched in the tying score on the next play.

Tabor took the lead for good on its next drive. Kaden Anderson and Jonah McKee each hauled in a 23-yard reception to sandwich a 14-yard run by Ontreveon Cooper. The drive culminated in an 8-yard touchdown reception by Darius Stallworth. Tabor?s 21-14 lead held through the end of the first quarter.D?Marco Smith rushes for a 3-yard gain during the second quarter against Bethany Saturday.

The Bluejays added one more touchdown before halftime when Anderson caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from McKee three plays into the second quarter.

The teams traded punts and a pair of interceptions after that, making it 28-14 at intermission.

After a Swede three-and-out to start the third quarter, Adrian Brown returned the punt 69 yards for a touchdown, boosting Tabor?s lead to 35-14 after Jared Slavens? extra-point kick.

After Jonah Guary blocked a Swede punt, Tabor fumbled the ball away at the Bethany 1-yard line. The Tabor defense sacked Swede quarterback Bo Savage in the end zone for a safety on third down, making it 37-14 with 6:55 left in the third quarter.

Tabor fumbled the ball away on its next possession before tacking on one more third quarter score, thanks to a 26-yard touchdown run by Gill that capped a four-play, 58-yard drive. The 44-14 score held to the end of the third quarter.Dylan Delk and Dimitri Bowie sack Swede quarterback Bo Savage in the end zone for a safety during the third quarter Saturday.

The Bluejays fumbled the ball away early in the fourth quarter before a James Foote interception put Tabor?s offense back on the field. Tabor scored in three plays, crossing the goal line on a 15-yard run by D?Marco Smith. That made it 51-14 with 12:22 to play.

With Trey Schmidt under center, Tabor orchestrated one more scoring drive. Skylar Valencia recorded a 17-yard carry that set up a 4-yard touchdown run by Justus Hilliard on the next play, capping a nine-play, 50-yard drive. That brought it to the final, 57-14, margin with 4:52 left in the game. Guary intercepted a Swede pass to end the game.

Tabor rolled up 530 yards of offense, including 403 rushing yards. Simon McKee was Tabor?s leading rusher with three carries for 91 yards and two touchdowns. Through the air, McKee was 8-for-10 for two touchdowns and one interception.

Bethany managed 348 yards of offense.Derrick Lawrence pressures Bethany quarterback Bo Savage during the second quarter. Lawrence led Tabor?s defense with 15 tackles, including five tackles for a loss and three sacks.

Derrick Lawrence led Tabor?s defense with 15 tackles, including five tackles for a loss and three sacks.

Coming?With the win, Tabor (8-0, 9-1) clinched at least a share of the regular-season KCAC title. The Bluejays will host Bethel (3-4, 3-5) Saturday at 1:30 p.m. to close out the regular season.

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