Benedictine Loses in First Round of NAIA Playoffs

Benedictine Loses in First Round of NAIA Playoffs

The Ravens' late fumble seals a 14-13 loss to Tabor in Atchison.
(ATCHISON, Kan.) With a chance to punch in the go-ahead score to seal their first playoff win in 12 years, the opportunity slipped through the Ravens' fingers.

Tabor recovered a Bill Noonan fumble seven yards away from the end zone to earn a 14-13 win in at Benedictine in the first round of the NAIA playoffs on Saturday. The Ravens end the year 10-2 after falling in the first playoff game at Larry Wilcox Stadium since 2001.

Benedictine opened the scoring midway through the first quarter when Noonan hit leading receiver Jerrin Walton for a nine-yard touchdown. Noonan completed 17 of 30 passes for 136 yards while picking up another seven on the ground.

Tabor struck back with 14 seconds remaining in the first half with a three-yard scoring plunge from Tyler Davis. The Ravens blocked Jared Slavins' extra point attempt to maintain a 7-6 lead at the break.

Ryan Nelson found James Monroe from four yards out for another Bluejays touchdown to take a 12-7 lead midway through the third frame. The two-point conversion failed, but Tabor got those points back to start the fourth quarter when they brought down Noonan for a safety. 

Down 14-7, the senior quarterback marched the Ravens down he field and hooked up with Christian Haack, capping off a 15-play, 80-yard drive with his second touchdown. 

Within a point, Benedictine drove 50 yards in under two minutes before fumbling away the potential winning strike with seven seconds left. 

Tabor, focusing on the ground attack, racked up 255 yards rushing to the Ravens' 90. Cameron Fore matched Davis with a game-high 90 yards on 19 carries.

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