McPherson College’s Bulldogs have already made Bethel College’s football season, as the Threshers ended a 14-game losing streak with a stunning 42-35 victory.
Now they don’t want to make the Tabor College Bluejays’ season.
Tabor is the only team left in the KCAC without a conference victory, though it has played some teams close, including last week’s narrow 38-35 loss to second-place Bethany.
The Bluejays are hoping to break through Saturday when they host the Bulldogs, who are in the throes of a three-game losing streak.
Kickoff is 1:30 p.m. at Joel Wiens Stadium.
“They’re a good football team,” Mac coach Joe Bettasso said. “Their season has been kind of like ours. We keep inventing ways not to win.”
Mac, 2-3 in the KCAC and 2-5 overall, needs to win out for a third straight winning season, though it’s a far cry from the 19-3 record of the last two years. However, three of the last four games are against teams with losing records, the lone exception being Sterling.
“That’s our goal, to win out,” Bettasso said. “But we can’t be looking ahead. We just need to put together a complete game. We felt like we played a good half against Azusa and three good quarters against Ottawa. We just need to win.”
The Bluejays perhaps have been the KCAC’s most disappointing team. With Mike Gardner back at the helm in 2010, Tabor was 4-6 and poised to return to the status of Gardner’s first stint at Tabor when he went 20-3 before he left to coach at Malone College.
The Bluejays auditioned a wishbone offense last week with positive results. They pounded out 309 yards on the ground and threw an old-school six total passes for the game, even though quarterback Tim Rozzell has been one of the more prolific passers in the KCAC, not to mention the Jays have a talented 1-2 receiving punch in Duray Gardener and Aziz Spellman Smith.
“The thing I noticed is that it looks like they’ve been running it for a while,” Bettasso said. “It didn’t look like something that had been thrown together. We just have to make sure we have all three phases of it (the option) covered. It’s assignment football and we have to read our keys.”
Both teams’ defenses have been generous, so the points could come fast and furious. The Bulldogs, despite their record, have been putting up some nice numbers, outgaining KCAC leader Ottawa last week, 440-362.
Mac running back Travon Jones continued to touch up his snazzy resume for All-KCAC honors, rushing for 118 yards on 20 carries. He has reached the century mark in four games this year and is on pace to break the 1,000-yard mark as he’s at 659, while finding the end zone 10 times.
Quarterback Jake Snodgrass had his third straight 200-yard passing game last week with 229, though he did get picked off four times. Julius Record caught a TD pass for the third straight game.