ABOVE: Keyshawn Jones, junior wide-receiver, dodges a Tabor Bluejay looking for a tackle. The Builders took the win 41-21, creating an exciting start to the season. (Lex Gouyton/Staff photographer)

By Daegiona Wilson
Staff reporter

What was only four weeks to prepare for a season seemed if it didn’t play into effect for the Moundbuilders, as they topped off a 41-21 victory against the Tabor Bluejays Saturday evening at Jantz Stadium.

Veterans and transfers came up big for the Builders, making it difficult for the Bluejays throughout the night.

Brad Cagle, senior quarterback, put up the first touchdown with a 53-yard connection to Keyshawn Jones, junior wide-receiver. This was only a start for Jones, as he ended the night with 177 receiving yards, and 18 rushing. Brad Griffin, head coach, said, “He was kind of our hidden secret. He is a special player, and we are fortunate to have him.”

Shortly after, Trey McGee, junior quarterback, answered with a 29-yard pass to Derrick Harper, senior wide-receiver. McGee lead in passing yards, with 308.

Throughout the rest of the quarter, both teams battled for possession, but the strength of the defensives made it difficult to score.

With 7:11 left in the half, Cagle’s connected for a 13-yarder to Andre Jones, junior wide-receiver. Andre Jones said the chemistry was on point with him and Cagle’s throughout the night. “We were able to read the defense and make the plays off their mistakes.”

Shortly after Cagle’s and Andre’s connection, McGee completed a 73-yard touchdown to Dejuan Jones, sophomore wide-receiver.

This tied the game with 5:46 to go in the half. With ineffective coverage from the Moundbuilder defensive, the Bluejays were able to cash in on a last second touchdown, giving them a 21-14 lead heading into halftime.

At the top of the second half, the Builders looked for a quick surge down the field to tie the score. They were successful as Cagle’s connected a 49-yarder to Andre Jones. Andre ended the night with 62 yards in receiving and two touchdowns.

Shortly after the Bluejays gained possession, Marcus Richard, senior safety, shifted the momentum of the game, capitalizing on a 33-yard interception.

Griffin said, “that’s the new Marcus that we saw. He’s played for us a lot and he’d maybe not make that before. Now he’s a senior so it was awesome to see him step up, be successful and make plays.”

Throughout the half, the Moundbuilder defensive continued to hammer the Bluejays offensive, as they went scoreless for the rest of the game.

The Moundbuilder offensive stayed consistent just as their defensive, picking up yards in the air and on the ground. Keyshawn Wyatt, senior running-back, ended with 94 yards rushing, and a touchdown. Jaquils Coleman, junior running-back, finished the game with 68 yards rushing.

This win gives the Moundbuilders a 1-0 conference record heading into a bye week. Griffin said, the team will take full advantage of the next two weeks to really condition and be in better shape come Bethany College.

Start time against Bethany will be 6 p.m. September 26th at Jantz Stadium.

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