The Southwestern College football team was victorious in their season-opener Saturday with a 41-21 victory against Tabor at Richard L. Jantz Stadium.
The teams traded first quarter scores, with the Moundbuilders (1-0, 1-0 KCAC) getting theirs in explosive fashion.
Facing a third-and-long from their own 47, quarterback Brad Cagle found a wide-open Keyshawn Jones in the middle of the field for a 53-yard touchdown pass. It was the first career TD for both Cagle and Jones as a member of the Moundbuilders.
The Bluejays (0-1, 0-1) tied it on a 29-yard TD pass from Trey McGee to Derrick Harper near the end of the first quarter.
Halfway through the second quarter, the Builders broke the tie on another Cagle touchdown throw, this time a 13-yard strike to Andre Jones. But Tabor answered again right before the end of the half on McGee’s second TD pass of the game, a 73-yarder to Dejuan Jones.
The Bluejays led 21-14 at the break when McGee hit Harper on a 7-yard TD pass with 11 seconds left int he half.
Southwestern needed less than three minutes to pull even in the second half when Cagle hit Andre Jones for a 49-yard touchdown pass.
That sparked a momentum turn for the Builders, who outscored Tabor 27-0 in the second half.
Keyshawn Jones scored on a 17-yard run, then hauled in a 57-yard TD pass from Cagle. Keyshawn Wyatt capped the scoring with a 3-yard fourth-quarter run.
Cagle finished 9-of-16 passing for 249 yards and four TDs, with one interception. Wyatt amassed 125 yards and three scores on 18 carries, while Keyshawn Jones hauled in six passes for 177 yards and a pair of TDs.
McGee finished 23 of 37 for 308 yards and three touchdowns for Tabor, but he was intercepted twice. Dejuan Jones hauled in eight passes for 134 yards.
The Builders have a bye week and resume play at 6 p.m. Sept. 26 at home against Bethany. The Swedes’ game Saturday at Saint Mary was postponed.
CourierTraveler sports editor Joey Sprinkle contributed to this report.
Southwestern 41, Tabor 21
SC — Keyshawn Jones 53 pass from Brad Cagle (Freddy Botello kick), 5:04.
TC — Derrick Harper 29 pass from Trey McGee (Joe Cannon kick), 1:09.
SC — Andre Jones 13 pass from Cagle (Botello kick), 7:11.
TC — Dejuan Jones 73 pass from McGee (Cannon kick).
TC — Harper 7 pass from McGee (Cannon kick), 0:11.
SC — A. Jones 49 pass from Cagle (Botello kick), 12:22.
SC — K. Jones 17 run (Botello kick), 4:58.
SC — K. Jones 57 pass from Cagle (Botello kick), 0:07.
SC — Keyshawn Wyatt 3 run (kick failed), 10:07.
3rd Down Conv8-158-13
4th Down Conv0-10-2
Punts No-Avg Yards5-38.22-40.5
Time of Poss31:4723:26
RUSHING — Tabor, Jordan Dixon 15-48, Trey McGee 14-35, Jason Hansbrough 1-6, Tyson Nonette 1-3, Jakob Feil 1-(minus 2), team 1-(minus 2). Southwestern, Keyshawn Wyatt 18-125, Jaquils Coleman 7-68, Jarius Burnette 5-25, Keyshawn Jones 2-18, David Roper II 4-8, Brad Cagle 5-6, Terrell Lightfoot 1-3.
PASSING — Tabor, Trey McGee 23-37-2 308. Southwestern, Brad Cagle 9-16-1 249.
RECEIVING — Tabor, Dejuan Jones 8-134, Derrick Harper 6-69, Tyson Nonette 3-47, Seth Swedorski 4-40, Wyatt Bell 1-14, Jordan Dixon 1-4. Southwestern, Keyshawn Jones 6-177, Andre Jones 2-62, Layke Hoffman 1-10.
MISSED FIELD GOAL — Southwestern, Botello, 41 (WR).