North Newton, Kan. - The Tabor College football team rode a 20-point first half to its first KCAC victory of the season, defeating rival Bethel College by the score of 20-7, Saturday afternoon in North Newton, Kan.
The 20 points were also the most scored by the Bluejays in the first half this season.
Freshman quarterback Simon McKee led a Bluejays offensive attack that totaled 375 yards of total offense going 5-of-11 for 61 yards, and one score. Sophomore James Monroe Jr. led a Bluejays ground game that racked up an incredible 314 yards on the ground with 103 yards on just three carries and one score. McKee also had a strong game on the ground with 80 yards on 22 carries and one score, while freshman Brandon Johnson ran for 70 yards on 11 carries. Senior Duray Gardner led all Tabor receivers in the game with four catches for 57 yards and one score.
Defensively the Bluejays were stingy all game long holding the Threshers to just 185 yards of total offense on the afternoon. Senior Spencer Brown and sophomore Jordan Moshier led the way with seven total tackles apiece, while sophomore Terach Antoine recorded five total tackles and two sacks in the game. Brown also nabbed his third interception of the season while junior Darrick White chipped in with a sack.
After a three-and-out by the Tabor defense to start the game the Bluejays offense wasted little time getting on the board. Tabor would put together a five play, 42-yard drive ending in a 21-yard McKee to Gardner touchdown pass to give Tabor a quick 7-0 lead.
Bethel would answer Tabor's touchdown drive with a scoring drive of its own on the ensuing possession. The Threshers would put together a draining 14-play, 80-yard drive ending in a 3-yard touchdown run to tie the score up at seven all.
Not to be outdone the Tabor offense would have a response as they found the end zone for the second time of the game on its next drive. McKee would cap off a 10-play, 52-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown run to give the lead back to the Bluejays at 14-7.
With the lead back in hand the Tabor defense would step up and force its second three and out of the game to give the ball back to its offense on its own two-yard line. On the first play from scrimmage Monroe Jr. would take it 98 yards on the ground to bust the game wide open. The point after attempt would be no good as Tabor led 20-7, with 13:45 left to play in the second half.
From there it was all about the Bluejays defense as they put the clamps on the Threshers offense allowing just 88 yards of total offense for the reminder of the game to earn its second road victory of the season.