Jays shut out winless McPherson

Phyllis Richert Photo<p>Ontreveon Cooper rushes for a 5-yard gain on the first play of the fourth quarter at McPherson Saturday. Cooper scored Tabor?s final touchdown on the next play, bringing the margin to 62-0. Tabor built a 41-0 lead by halftime, scoring on its first six possessions.

The 11th-ranked Tabor College football team rolled to a 62-0 shutout over winless McPherson Saturday.

The Bluejays scored on their first six possessions of the game, which gave them a 41-0 lead by halftime.

With backup Trey Schmidt under center to start the second half, the Bluejays added three more touchdowns to bring it to the final, 62-point spread.

?We were focused when the whistle blew, and we were very consistent,? coach Mike Gardner said. ?We played a complete football game.

?We ran the ball effectively. We threw it well. A lot of our guys played. I?m just really happy with everything that transpired today. I thought it was a really good overall team effort.?

The Bluejays displayed a balanced attack and found success both on the ground and through the air. Tabor tallied 473 yards of offense. The Bluejays rolled up 324 yards in the first half alone.

Quarterback Simon McKee completed 11 of 14 pass attempts for 190 yards, while Schmidt was 2-for-2 for 50 yards and one touchdown. Torrey Gill was Tabor?s top target, hauling in seven receptions for 115 yards and one score?a 45-yard, third-quarter pass play from Schmidt.

Tabor rolled up 233 rushing yards. Thirteen Bluejays had at least one carry in the contest. D?Marco Smith led the charge with five carries for 46 yards. Joseph Donnell added 39 yards and three touchdowns on eight carries.

Also scoring rushing touchdowns for Tabor were: Ontreveon Cooper, Rustyn Kerbs, Skylar Valencia and Simon McKee.

Tabor?s defense limited McPherson to just 145 yards of offense, including 98 rushing yards and 47 passing yards.

Two of McPherson?s first four possessions ended with fumbles. Chad Hale forced a fumble that was recovered by Wayde Snell five plays into the Bulldogs? first drive, and Dylan Delk intercepted a pitch midway through the second quarter.

Tabor also recorded a pair of third quarter interceptions. Kareem Green intercepted a pass four plays into the period. Later, James Foote returned an interception 41 yards for a Tabor touchdown.

Jordan Brown led the defense with eight tackles.

The Bulldogs did not score an offensive touchdown in five games played in October.

Coming?Tabor (7-0, 8-1), who moved up to No. 10 in the NAIA?Top 25 poll released Monday, will host Bethany (2-5, 2-7) Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

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