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Tabor Hands KWU Fourth Straight Loss

Mike Hammett - October 12, 2013 8:56 pm

The Kansas Wesleyan football team dropped its fourth straight game on Saturday, falling to Tabor 54-28 at Joel Wiens Stadium in Hillsboro.

Early, the two teams were trading scores. Tabor opened the scoring on its first drive as Cody Coleman picked up an 18-yard touchdown, giving Tabor the 7-0 lead with 8:10 to go in the first quarter.

After the teams traded fumbles, the Coyotes answered. Trey Dallas hit Zach McClain for a 52-yard touchdown pass, tying the game at 7 with 6:54 to go in the first quarter.

Tabor went right back in front on the ensuing drive on James Monroe’s 46-yard touchdown run, leading 14-7 with 3:03 to go in the quarter.

Again, the Coyotes answered as Dallas found McClain again, this time from 26 yards, tying the game at 14 with 19 seconds remaining in the quarter.

However, Tabor used all three phases to put some distance between themselves and KWU.

Owen Cole returned the ensuing kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown for Tabor, giving the Blue Jays a 21-14 lead after a quarter.

Three plays from scrimmage later, Tabor was back on the board. Dallas was sacked by Derrick Lawrence. On the play, Lawrence forced a fumble, which was scooped up by Teroch Antoine and returned two yards for a touchdown, giving Tabor a 28-14 lead.

Tabor added to the lead with 5:25 to go in the half, when Coleman scored on an 18-yard run, pushing the Blue Jay lead to 34-14. Kansas Wesleyan blocked the extra point.

The Coyotes finally found an answer on the ensuing drive. Dallas hit Taylor Sachs on a check down pass, with Sachs weaving through traffic for a 38-yard touchdown pass, pulling KWU within 34-21. The Coyotes blocked a Tabor field goal on the final play of the half, giving Wesleyan some momentum to the halftime break.

However, Tabor seized the momentum to start the second half. Coleman added his third rushing touchdown of the day, scoring from 39 yards to push the Tabor lead to 40-21.

The Coyotes pulled within 12 when Sachs scored on a 63-yard run, his longest run of the season. Wesleyan trailed 40-28 with 10:27 to go in the third quarter.

However, KWU was unable to score again.

Tabor took the wind out of the Coyotes’ sails on the ensuing drive. The Blue Jays ran 6:42 off the clock with a 16-play, 87-yard drive, ending in a 19-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Nelson to Monroe, pushing the Blue Jay lead to 47-28 late in the third quarter.

Tabor added another score in the fourth quarter, as Nelson capped a 10-play drive with a 13-yard touchdown run.

Dallas was 21-for-43 passing for 320 yards, three touchdowns and one interception for the Coyotes. Sachs had his best rushing game since week two, going for 147 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries. McClain had five catches for 90 yards and two touchdowns.

Monroe led Tabor with 187 yards rushing and a touchdown on 34 carries. Monroe surpassed 3,000 yards rushing in his career in the game. Coleman added 116 yards and three scores.

Nelson was 9-for-15 passing for 166 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

Tabor outgained the Coyotes 584 to 494. The Blue Jays had 418 yards rushing in the contest.

Tabor is now 5-1 overall and 3-1 in the KCAC. Kansas Wesleyan drops to 1-5 overall, 0-4 in the KCAC.

Kansas Wesleyan meets rival Bethany on Saturday in Lindsborg.