Tabor rolls past Sterling, 19-3

Marshall McShan takes the handoff from quarterback Jessie Robbins for a 3-yard gain during the first quarter Saturday in Tabor?s 19-3 victory over Sterling. McShan led Tabor?s rushing attack with 29 carries for 169 yards. The third-ranked Tabor College football team?s attack Saturday night against visiting Sterling was two-fold. The Bluejays balanced a dominating defensive performance with a powerful running game for a 19-3 victory over a Warrior team receiving votes in the latest Top 25 poll.

The stingy Bluejay defense held Sterling to just 77 yards of total offense, including 66 rushing yards led by kicker/punter Eddie Juarez with 32 yards gained on a fake punt. Tabor stifled Warrior running back Antonio Bray, who a week prior had tallied 179 rushing yards in Sterling?s 36-33 victory over Friends. Against Tabor, Bray managed just 17 yards on nine carries.

The Bluejays shut down the Warrior passing game, too, holding Sterling to just 11 yards on the night. Quarterback Reggie Langford completed two of 14 attempts, and also threw two interceptions, which were both snagged by Tabor?s Donnell Davis.

Tabor, meanwhile, gained all of its 421 yards on the ground, not even attempting to pass the ball. Marshall McShan led the effort with 29 carries for 169 yards.

Tabor forced a Sterling three-and-out on the game?s opening drive. But after driving nearly 80 yards, Tabor came up short on fourth-and-goal. The turnover on downs pinned Sterling at its own 1-yard line, and the Bluejays tackled Bray in the end zone for a safety on first down with 8:59 left in the opening quarter.

Sterling took a 3-2 lead at the 1:53 mark with a 46-yard field goal by Juarez. The ensuing Tabor drive lasted into the second quarter, covering 74 yards in 13 plays, and the Bluejays took the lead for good when Cody Coleman crossed the goal line after a 21-yard run. Jared Slavens? extra-point kick made it 9-3 with 10:04 left in the half.

Slavens tacked on a 31-yard field goal at the 2:05 mark for a 12-3 Tabor lead that held to intermission.

The scoreless third quarter saw both teams punt twice, fumble the ball once, and also included Sterling?s fake punt for a 32-yard gain, only to have Dylan Delk recover a fumble two plays later.

With Tabor on the move to start the fourth quarter, the Bluejays added one final score on a 3-yard touchdown run by Coleman. Slavens? kick made it 19-3 with 12:13 to go.

After a Sterling turnover on downs and a lost Tabor fumble, the Warriors got the ball back one final time with 6:04 left in the game. Davis cut the drive short with his second interception of the night, allowing Tabor to run out the final 4:36.

Coming?Tabor (2-0, 4-0) will travel to Southwestern (0-2, 0-4) Saturday for a 1:30 p.m. contest.

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