McPherson College’s undefeated home football record will be put to the ultimate test the last two weeks.
The Bulldogs, who are 3-0 at home and 0-5 on the road, finish the season at McPherson Stadium against the KCAC’s two-best teams, starting with Tabor on Saturday, followed by Sterling in the season finale.
Kickoff for the Bluejays is a half-hour earlier than normal at 1:00 since Mac is hosting a soccer playoff game later in the day, not to mention both basketball teams are playing in the Sport Center as part of the McPherson College Classic.
The Bulldogs have defeated Texas Wesleyan, Bethel and Ottawa at home and scored more than 40 points in each of the games.
Tabor comes in with the No. 19 ranking in the country. The Bluejays are tied for the KCAC lead with Sterling as both teams are 6-1, but the Warriors own the tiebreaker since they won the head-to-head meeting. Tabor needs to win this week against the Bulldogs and next week at home against Bethany to have a chance to make the playoffs as an at-large team.
The Bluejays are coming off a 45-14 rout of Friends as quarterback Curry Parham threw for 379 yards and four touchdowns, which is not good news for the Mac defense since it gave up 455 yards and four scores last week to Saint Mary’s Drew Cortez.
The Jays also have a dynamic runner in Drevion Cooper, who averages 91 yards a game and has good breakaway speed.
It’s no wonder then that Tabor is the No. 1 offensive team in the KCAC at 36.8 points a game and also No. 1 in rushing offense. To boot, the Jays allow the least number of points a game, but that loss to Sterling hangs over them like a cloud.
The Bulldogs lost 41-28 last week to Saint Mary despite 137 yards and two touchdown catches by receiver Eman McNeal. Jake Tiernan, in his second start, threw for 242 yards.
The Bluejays also have the KCAC’s most dominating defensive player in Evan Sprayberry, who was a one-man wrecking ball last year in the Bluejays’ win over Mac. He is tied for the KCAC lead in sacks with 8.