HILLSBORO — Tabor College’s Bluejays, ranked No. 10 in the nation, wrapped up the KCAC football title on Saturday by bulldozing Bethany College 57-14, the Jays’ eighth straight conference victory.
Tabor, 9-1 overall, is the KCAC champion no matter how it fares next week against Bethel. Should it lose and Kansas Wesleyan triumph against Saint Mary, the teams share the championship, but Tabor owns the tiebreaker by virtue of its 14-7 victory over the Coyotes.
Bethany put up a good fight early, as a wild first quarter ended with the Jays holding a 21-14 lead. Bo Savage ran for one score and threw to Nate Morales for another in the period to account for the Swedes’ scoring.
Tabor, though, physically overwhelmed the Swedes the rest of the game with 36 unanswered points.
Tabor chewed up 403 yards on the ground and added another 127 through the air. Bethany was able to run for 190 yards, with Savage picking up 80 on 16 carries for the best mark of his career. He also threw for 158 as he was a bright spot in defeat.
Simon McKee was terrific for Tabor with 91 yards rushing on just three carries and he threw for 127, going an efficient 8 of 10.
Bethany, now 2-6 in the KCAC and 2-8 overall, hosts McPherson College on Saturday in the season finale for both teams. The Bulldogs are winless on the year.