The Tabor football team soared over Haskell Indian Nations University in their road opener last night, 48-0. Tabor’s running game would prove to be a key factor in last night’s game.
For example, with nine minutes left in the first quarter, the Bluejays recovered an Indians’ fumble and returned it to Tabor’s 35 to set up a James Monroe run for a touchdown from Haskell’s 44 yard line, helping Tabor to an 8-0 lead.
Monroe ran in for another touchdown with just over nine minutes left in the second quarter, making the score 15-0.
Although the Bluejays had another chance to score with just under five minutes left in the half, they failed to convert on a third down at Haskell’s 27 yard line and were forced to kick a field goal, giving Tabor an 18-0 lead going into the locker room.
Tabor only extended their lead going into the second half, scoring a touchdown off a Monroe run with 12:05 remaining in the third quarter, for a 25-0 lead. With just under six minutes left Monroe carried the ball to the Haskell 24 yard line. A couple plays later Tabor pushed it over the line in a pile of blue and white. The extra point was no good, bringing the score to 31-0.
As if to put an exclamation point on Tabor’s dominating performance, Bluejay Jordan Moshier intercepted a Haskell pass and ran to midfield with just over a minute left in the third quarter. On the next play, Tabor’s Brandon Johnson ran away from the field for another touchdown. With a failed extra point, that brought the Bluejays up to 38-0.
On their next possession, Monroe carried the ball to the three yard line, and freshman quarterback Simon McKee punched the ball into the end zone to begin the fourth quarter, 45-0.
Tabor’s defense was doing its job as well. On Haskell’s next possession, freshman linebacker Eddie Alcantar batted down a pass, JoJo Galvez tipped another pass, and the Bluejays almost blocked the Haskell punt.
With just over nine minutes left in the game, Tabor once again drove down the field. They were foiled on downs at the Haskell 25 yard line, but freshman Anthony Pachecho hit the ball through the uprights for what would ultimately be the final score, 48-0.