Texas Small College Roundup: Blinn secures win of the week over Navarro

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Team of the Week:

NJCAA No. 6 Blinn Buccaneers

Last Week:  Blinn (3-0, 2-0) used a dynamic passing game and 3 interceptions to defeat No. 10 Navarro (2-1, 1-1) in a crucial Southwest Junior College Football Conference (SWJCFC) matchup at Cub Stadium in Brenham. QB Daveon Boyd completed 26-of-39 passes for 339 yards and 3 touchdowns. WR Corey Smith had 7 receptions for 164 yards and WR Keric Wheatfall contributed 11 catches for 133 yards for the Buccaneers. DB Tuciano Pope totaled 10 tackles and an interception to lead the defense. The first half was the key to the Buccaneers victory as they jumped out to a 28-10 lead at halftime. Blinn also was called for no penalties as Navarro racked up 11 penalties for 95 yards.

The Verdict:  The importance of this win for Blinn cannot be overstated since NJCAA does not have a playoff system. The only way to make the National Championship game is to be ranked first or second at the end of the year. Blinn must win out to have any hope at capturing their 39th NJCAA championship.

This Week:  Blinn returns to Cub Stadium to host Texas Prep Sports Academy at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

FCS

No. 4 Sam Houston State Bearkats

Last Week:  The Bearkats (1-0) used special teams mistakes by Prairie View A&M (1-2) and a touchdown with 1:02 left in regulation to secure a hard fought 41-32 victory in their season opener. The win extends the Kats' home winning streak to 21 games at Bower Stadium. SHSU converted all six of their red zone attempts into points, led by RB Remus Butler’s three rushing touchdowns. WR Nathan Stewart added 120 yards receiving on 7 catches for the Kats offense.

The Verdict:  This is a solid win for SHSU considering that this was their first game and PVAMU had already played two games. Don’t underestimate how dangerous Prairie View is this year. The Bearkats will get some of the kinks worked out and should win this week.

This Week: The Bearkats return to Bower Stadium next Saturday at 6 p.m. as the North Dakota Fighting Hawks (1-1) pay a visit. The game will be live streamed on ESPN3.

Prairie View A&M Panthers

Last Week: PVAMU (1-2) fought hard as they came up just short in a tough 41-32 loss at No. 4 Sam Houston State (1-0). The Panthers were led by an incredible rushing performance from RB Dawonya Tucker who totaled a career high 245 yards and 2 touchdowns on 21 carries. PVAMU was hurt by special teams’ mistakes as they mishandled the snap on two punts giving SHSU valuable field position.

The Verdict: PVAMU may be the best 1-2 FCS team in the country. They are very dangerous, and their losses are to an improved Rice and No. 4 Sam Houston State. The Panthers will be a threat in the SWAC this year.

This Week: The Panthers head out west to Las Vegas as they take on UNLV (1-1) at 9 p.m. Saturday. This will be the second FBS opponent for PVAMU this year. The game will be live streamed on the Mountain West Network.

Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks

Last Week: The Lumberjacks home opener against Tarleton State was cancelled with no make-up date as lightning delays and thunderstorms pounded Homer Bryce Stadium in Nacogdoches. 

The Verdict: SFA fell victim to the weather this week. The coaches and players were itching to get back on the field after losing to Mississippi State the week prior. However, SFA should have no problem this week against Incarnate Word.

This Week: SFA (0-1) will travel to Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium in San Antonio for a 6 p.m. kickoff against Incarnate Word (0-2) to open their Southland Conference schedule.

Abilene Christian Wildcats

Last week: The Wildcats found themselves trailing at halftime to NCAA DII Angelo State (1-1) but rallied for 24 unanswered points in the second half for a 41-24 win. ACU improved to 1-1 on the year behind a career high 370 passing yards for QB Luke Anthony. WR Josh Fink added a career high 161 yards on 8 catches and 2 touchdowns for the Wildcats. ACU defense held the Rams to 272 total yards while the offense torched Angelo State for 517 total yards.

The Verdict: Angelo State put a scare into the Wildcats with 24 unanswered points in the second quarter. ACU showed the ability to regroup at halftime and dominated the second half on both sides of the ball.

This Week: ACU opens their Southland Conference schedule Saturday with a 6 p.m. game at Houston Baptist University (1-1 0-1 SLC). The game will be live streamed on ESPN3.

Houston Baptist Huskies

Last Week: HBU (1-1 0-1 SLC) couldn’t recover from five turnovers and a 37-14 halftime deficit as they fell at home 51-14 to No. 14 McNeese (2-0 1-0 SLC). The Huskies fall to 1-1 on the year and 0-1 in the Southland Conference. HBU was explosive offensively as they totaled 493 yards behind a school record 348 yards passing for QB Bailey Zappe. RB Dreshawn Minniweather added 146 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground for the Huskies.

The Verdict: If the Huskies can limit their turnovers they could surprise some teams this year. They must feel good about their offense after this game, but they also must be concerned about their defense. The Southland conference schedule is brutal this year, and the Huskies will need to fire on all cylinders if they hope to upset some teams.

This Week: The Huskies will wrap up their season opening three-game homestand against the Abilene Christian Wildcats (1-1) at Husky Stadium on Saturday at 6 p.m. The game will be live streamed on ESPN3.

Lamar Cardinals

Last Week: Lamar (1-1) had a tough time on both sides of the ball last Saturday in Lubbock as they lost to Texas Tech (1-1) 77-0. The Cardinals gained 102 rushing yards as a team with four players totaling at least 20 yards rushing. DB Rodney Randle Jr had 8 tackles and DB Garrison Mitchell added an interception to lead the Cardinals defense that surrendered 683 total yards, including 419 passing yards to the Red Raiders.

The Verdict: It’s hard to judge where this Lamar team sits in the Southland Conference. They beat an NAIA school by 63 and was predictably blown out by FBS Texas Tech this week. We’ll find out a little more this week.

This Week: Lamar will open Southland Conference play at 6 p.m. as they welcome the Northwestern State Demons (1-1) to Provost Umphrey Stadium in Beaumont. The game will be live streamed on ESPN3.

Texas Southern Tigers

Last Week: TSU struggled offensively in the first half as they lost to FBS Texas State (1-1) 36-20 in San Marcos. The Tigers put up 20 points in the second half behind 315 passing yards and 3 touchdowns from QB Jay Christophe. WR Tren’Davian Dickson torched the Bobcats secondary for 7 catches 159 yards and 2 touchdowns. The TSU defense struggled to contain Texas State allowing 547 total yards.

The Verdict: The Tigers hope they can continue the offensive rhythm they found in the second half against the Bobcats as the offense had struggled for six straight quarters.  TSU will also need the defense to improve this week.

This Week: The Tigers will open SWAC play Saturday night as they travel to Lorman, Miss., to take on Alcorn State (1-1).

Incarnate Word Cardinals

Last Week: UIW (0-2) went on the road again last week facing their second consecutive FBS opponent losing 58-16 to North Texas (2-0) at Apogee Stadium.  RB Ra’Quanne Dickens was the star on offense as he ran for 139 yards on 18 carries and 2 touchdown runs of 55 and 42 yards. OLB Silas Stewart registered 8 tackles and an interception for the Cardinals defense.  

The Verdict: UIW has lost by 32 and 42 points in respective weeks versus FBS opponents. The Cardinals will be happy to return to FCS action this week, but SFA may not provide much relief.

This Week: UIW will open their home schedule, and Southland Conference play, Saturday at 6 p.m. as they host the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (0-1).

NCAA DII

No. 1 Texas A&M-Commerce Lions

Last Week: TAMUC (2-0 1-0) scored the game’s first 21 points before holding on or a 27-17 win over William Jewell (0-1) in Liberty, Missouri. WR Chance Cooper had 8 catches for 99 yards, while RB Carandal Hale had 84 rushing yards for 21 carries for the defending national champions. The Lions were hampered by 10 penalties for 109 yards, but the defense held the Cardinals to 265 total yards.

The Verdict: The Lions knew that replacing QB Luis Perez would not be easy, but TAMUC needs the offense to be more consistent soon. After a game that is never easy against the triple option attack of Eastern New Mexico, the Lions will play #9 Colorado State Pueblo.

This Week: TAMUC resumes LSC play as they travel to Portales, New Mexico to play an 8 p.m. game against the triple option offense of Eastern New Mexico (0-2).  

 

No. 7 Midwestern State Mustangs

Last Week: MSU Texas (2-0) trailed #2 West Florida (1-1) 14-3 at halftime but exploded for 35 points in the second half for a 38-17 upset victory. QB Layton Rabb had 334 passing yards and 3 touchdowns with WR Juwan Johnson on the receiving end of 7 passes for 100 yards. The Mustangs defense limited the Argonauts to 134 yards in the second half after allowing 271 yards in the first half.  

The Verdict: The Mustangs did what good teams do to win big games by taking advantage of a failed fake punt on fourth down and followed that with a pick six on the ensuing drive to put the game away late in the fourth quarter. The Mustangs will need to play a more complete game to stay undefeated in the always tough LSC.

This Week: MSU Texas travels to Ratliff Stadium in Odessa Saturday for a 6 p.m. game against UT Permian Basin (0-2) in their LSC opener.

 

Tarleton State Texans

Last Week: Tarleton State’s (1-0) game in Nacogdoches against FCS opponent Stephen F. Austin was cancelled with no make-up date due to lightning delays and thunderstorms.  

The Verdict: It’s a shame this game was cancelled. The Texans made a statement in week 1 with a huge win at home against Delta State and it would’ve been interesting to see how they match up against a decent FCS team.

This Week: The Texans begin their LSC play with a trip to Kimbrough Memorial Stadium in Canyon for a 6 p.m. game against West Texas A&M (1-1).

 

Texas A&M-Kingsville Javelinas

Last Week:  TAMUK (1-1 0-1) had 295 yards rushing as the Javelinas ran over NAIA Texas Wesleyan (0-2) 52-10 in Kingsville.  RB Nick Pelrean led the rushing attack with 108 yards and 2 touchdowns on only 11 carries while RB Jeff Carr chipped in 1 touchdown with 92 yards rushing and Josh Oglesby contributed 89 yards on the ground.  The Javelinas defense was dominant in allowing only 67 total yards to the Rams.

The Verdict: Kingsville took care of business this week against an inferior opponent.  This week will be very important to the Javelinas as any hope of a LSC title rests in a victory on the road this week.

This Week: TAMUK will travel to Angelo State (1-1) for a LSC contest at 6 p.m. at Legrand Stadium at 1stCommunity Credit Union Field in San Angelo.

 

Angelo State Rams

Last Week: ASU (1-1) scored 24 points in the second quarter to lead at halftime at FCS Abilene Christian (1-1) 24-17. The second half was a different story as the Wildcats scored 24 unanswered to beat the Rams 41-24.  RB Tyrese Nathan led the way offensively with 98 yards rushing on 20 carries. The Rams defense struggled to contain ACU as they surrendered 517 total yards to the Wildcats.

The Verdict: ASU can take away some positives from the loss to ACU.  The Rams will be tested this week against a Kingsville. This game will be crucial for both teams in the LSC race this year.

This Week: ASU will open their Lone Star Conference (LSC) schedule as they host Texas A&M-Kingsville (1-1) Saturday at 6 p.m. in their home opener.

 

West Texas A&M Buffaloes

Last Week: WT (1-1) defense forced 4 interceptions in route to a 42-7 win as they hosted NAIA Oklahoma Panhandle State (0-2) in their home opener at Kimbrough Stadium. DB Keith Blank led the defense with 2 interceptions as LB Chris Thomas led the Buffs with 14 tackles. RB Duke Carter led the offensive charge for WT with 84 yards rushing on 13 carries and 48 receiving yards. The Buffs will look to clean up the penalties as they were flagged 12 times for 157 yards.

The Verdict: WT took care of a decent NAIA team last week.  The Buffs will need to have a complete game this week against an improved Tarleton State team. They cannot afford another 150+ yards in penalties.  

This Week: The Buffs will welcome Tarleton State into Kimbrough Memorial Stadium Saturday at 6 p.m. as both teams open LSC play.

 

UT Permian Basin Falcons

Last Week: UTPB (0-2) couldn’t overcome a slow start at the Superior Dome in Marquette, Michigan as they fell to Northern Michigan (1-1) 27-22. The Falcons defense struggled to stop the NMU running game as they were gashed for 337 rushing yards. QB Sam Allen passed for 261 yards and 3 touchdowns in his first start for UTPB. DE John O’Kelley was a force for the Falcons defense as he recorded 13 tackles and 3 sacks.

The Verdict: UPTB has struggled offensively in both games this season. They will need the offense to score points this week against a very explosive MSU Texas. The defense will also have to continue to play well.

This Week: UTPB will begin LSC play as they host #7 Midwestern State (2-0) at 6 p.m. at Ratliff Stadium in Odessa for their home opener.

 

NCAA DIII

No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor Crusaders

Last Week: The Cru (1-0) opened their season in Reading, Pennsylvania with a resounding 91-7 victory against Albright College (0-2). The 91 points was a school record and the 84-point margin of victory ties a school record. QB Jase Hammack led the offense completing 9 of 14 passes for 292 yards and 2 touchdowns. UMHB was coached by acting Head Coach Larry Harmon as head coach Pete Fredenburg is serving a school-mandated three-game suspension for major NCAA infractions.

The Verdict: Any questions about how the Cru would respond this season following a tumultuous offseason were answered emphatically last Saturday. UMHB was ahead 51-0 at the half and then allowed their depth to show in the second half as they continued to score.

This Week: The Cru open ASC play in Alpine as they travel to play Sul Ross State (0-1) for a 6 p.m. start.

 

No. 8 Hardin-Simmons Cowboys

Last Week: HSU (1-0) relied on a dominating ground game to secure a 42-33 win at Trinity (Tex.) (1-1). The Cowboys had 453 total rushing yards led by All-America RB Jaquan Hemphill’s 258 yards and 2 touchdowns on 27 carries. QB Marc Reed added 124 rushing yards and a touchdown on 19 rushing attempts to compliment his 9 of 14 passing for 107 yards and 2 touchdowns.

The Verdict: This was a solid victory for the Cowboys against a Trinity team that is receiving votes in this week’s poll. Jaquan Hemphill is a stud, and HSU will rely on him and that solid ground game all year.

This Week: HSU remains on the road Saturday as they travel to Pineville, Louisiana to open ASC play with a 6 p.m. game against Louisiana College (0-1).

 

Southwestern University Pirates

Last Week: SU (2-0 1-0) completely dominated on the road at McMurry (0-2 0-1) leaving with a 37-6 win. QB Austin Emery led the way completing 5 of 8 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown while also rushing for 73 yards and a touchdown. RB Kalon Heim led the ground attack with 171 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries. The Pirates defense also dominated holding the War Hawks to only 210 total yards.

The Verdict: The Pirates find themselves creeping up the rankings thanks to their rushing attack. The defense played much better this week against an anemic offense in McMurry. This week will be a good test for Southwestern.

This Week: The Pirates will open ASC play Saturday as they travel to Marshall to play East Texas Baptist (0-1) for a 6 p.m. start.

 

Trinity University (Tex.) Tigers

Last Week: The Tigers (1-1) fought hard but came up just short against #10 Hardin-Simmons (1-0) 42-33 at home last Saturday. QB Wyatt Messex did his part for the offense as he completed 12 of 22 passes for 196 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Trinity defense however, struggled to contain HSU All-American RB Jaquan Hemphill who ran for 258 yards and 2 touchdowns on 27 carries against the Tigers.

The Verdict: Trinity played very respectable against HSU. The Tigers do not get a break in the schedule this week as they face a Millsaps team that has been solid to start the season.

This Week: Trinity will open SAA play Saturday at home in San Antonio as they host Millsaps (2-0) in a 1 p.m. start.

 

Texas Lutheran Bulldogs

Last Week:  TLU (1-0) starting QB was carted off the field on the first series of the game, but the defense held a potent Hendrix (1-1) offense to 197 total yards as the Bulldogs won 19-14 in their season opener. RB Chris Monroe and RB Ian Leslie each totaled 100 yards rushing and a touchdown to lead the offense for TLU. DB James Bell led the defensive effort with 8 tackles, a fumble recovery, and an interception.

The Verdict: The Bulldogs should be able to manage a win this week even if QB Kyle Grona is not able to return. However, they will need to get healthy fast as they face #2 UMHB in two weeks.

This Week:  The Bulldogs open ASC play Saturday as they travel to Jackson, Mississippi for a 7 p.m. game against Belhaven University (Miss) (0-1) at Belhaven Bowl Stadium.

 

Howard Payne Yellow Jackets

Last Week: HPU (0-1) opened their season in Newburg, Oregon with a 35-3 loss to George Fox (1-1). The Yellow Jackets committed 5 total turnovers including 4 interceptions.  HPU also struggled to contain the George Fox ground game as they surrendered 209 rushing yards. The Yellow Jackets also couldn’t get anything going on offense as they only gained 134 total yards.

The Verdict: George Fox is a good team, but HPU must play better defense against the run to have any chance in the ASC. The Yellow Jackets should be able to win this week by a couple touchdowns against a down McMurry team.

This Week: HPU will have their home and conference opener Saturday at 7 p.m. at Gordon Wood Stadium in Brownwood as they host McMurry (0-2 0-1).

 

East Texas Baptist Tigers

Last Week: ETBU (0-1) did not have a game scheduled this week.

The Verdict: The Tigers only game this year was against #16 UW-Platteville. This week is not much easier as they will face a Southwestern team who has recorded two straight blow out wins and is receiving votes in the d3football.com poll.

This Week: The Tigers will return to action Saturday at 6 p.m. as they open American Southwest Conference (ASC) play by hosting Southwestern (2-0 1-0).

 

McMurry War Hawks

Last Week: McMurry (0-2 0-1) was unable to contain the strong Southwestern (2-0 1-0) ground attack as they fell 37-6 in their ASC opener. The War Hawks defense allowed 352 yards to the visiting Pirates. QB Kevin Hurley Jr. led the offense with 121 passing yards and 1 touchdown while adding 26 yards rushing. The McMurry defense was on the field for 37:54 as Southwestern controlled the clock with their rushing game.

The Verdict: McMurry has played two good teams so far and lost by 44 and 31 points respectively. They have only scored 7 points in two games. This week isn’t any easier with at Howard Payne. The War Hawks need some offense, and they need it fast.

This Week: The War Hawks continue ASC play as they travel to Brownwood for a 7 p.m. game against Howard Payne (0-1) at Gordon Wood Stadium.

 

Sul Ross State Lobos

Last Week: Sul Ross State (0-1) did not have a game scheduled.

The Verdict: It’s always a good idea to take a week off before facing UMHB especially after losing to NAIA #22 Arizona Christian. Sul Ross will try to stay in the game as long as possible, but the task for this week may be too much for the Lobos.

This Week: The Lobos will face a rise in competition Saturday as they host ASC foe #2 Mary Hardin-Baylor (1-0) at 6 p.m. at Jackson Field in Alpine.

 

Austin College Kangaroos

Last Week: The ‘Roos (0-2) committed 4 turnovers in the opening quarter, and couldn’t recover, as they fell 24-14 at Wayland Baptist (1-0). Austin College struggled to move the ball throughout the game as they only managed 206 yards of total offense. WR Trey Carr recorded 7 receptions for 74 yards to lead the offense. DL Drake Sanders was solid on defense as he had 8 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, and 1.5 sacks.

The Verdict: The ‘Roos suffered their second straight loss to NAIA teams. They must right the ship quickly as they begin conference play this week with a long road trip.

This Week: The ‘Roos open Southern Athletic Association (SAA) play at 1 p.m. Saturday as they travel to Tennessee to play Sewanee (1-1).

 

NAIA

Southwestern Assemblies of God Lions

Last Week: SAGU (1-1) had the week off to prepare for their trip to Plainview.

The Verdict: This week’s game should be a competitive game. This game is critical for both teams as they try to stay in the Sooner Athletic Conference race. There are very few easy games in this tough conference.

This Week: The Lions go on the road this week to play Wayland Baptist (1-0) at 2 p.m. at Greg Sherwood Memorial Bulldog Stadium in a Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) clash.

 

Wayland Baptist Pioneers

Last Week: Wayland Baptist’s (1-0) season got off to a great start as they defeated NCAA DIII Austin College (0-2) 24-14 at home Saturday. Backup QB Nick Quintero entered the game in the second half due to injury to starting QB Mitchell Parsley and completed 10 of 16 passes for 152 yards and a touchdown. The Pioneers defense was stellar as they held the ‘Roos to 206 total yards and forced 5 turnovers.

The Verdict: The next three weeks are crucial for the Pioneers season as they face SAGU this week and then go on the road to face Panhandle State and No. 14 Langston. All three teams are either ranked or receiving votes in this week’s poll.  

This Week: Wayland Baptist opens SAC play at home with a challenging game as they welcome Southwestern Assemblies of God (1-1) to Greg Sherwood Memorial Bulldog stadium for a 2 p.m. start.

 

Texas Wesleyan Rams

Last Week: The Rams (0-2) stepped up in competition to play the NCAA DII Texas A&M-Kingsville Javelinas (1-1) and took a 52-10 thumping in Kingsville. Texas Wesleyan struggled against the toughest opponent they’ve face since resurrecting their football program in 2017. The Rams defense forced the Javelinas into 3 turnovers led by CB Diamon Williams with 11 tackles and a fumble recovery.

The Verdict: The Rams see this contest as one that could provide their first win since resurrecting their football program at the beginning of 2017. They will need the offense to perform like it did two weeks ago against No. 21 Kansas Wesleyan when they put up 473 total yards.

This Week: Texas Wesleyan goes back to NAIA competition as they open their SAC schedule with a home game at Farrington Field against Texas College (0-0) at 7 p.m.

 

Texas College Steers

Last Week: The Steers will play their first game of the season this week.

The Verdict: This may be the Steers’ best chance to secure a win this season. This game could be very close as the Steers haven’t had a game to work out the first game kinks prior to this game.

This Week: Texas College opens their season with a SAC game at 7 p.m. at Farrington Field against Texas Wesleyan (0-2).

 

NJCAA 

No. 10 Navarro Bulldogs

Last Week: The Bulldogs (2-1 1-1) lost a tough road game at No. 6 Blinn College (3-0 2-0) 38-17 Saturday in Brenham. QB Parker McNeil was 28-48 for 326 yards with a touchdown and 3 interceptions. WR Kaylon Geiger had 7 receptions for 110 yards and WR Jared Wyatt recorded 10 receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown. The Bulldogs defense struggled to contain the Buccaneers offense allowing 556 total yards.

The Verdict: Navarro has no time to feel sorry for themselves as they go back on the road to face a Tyler team that just upset No. 12 TVCC. They will need to regroup quickly as another loss would be devastating to any conference title hopes.

This Week: Navarro concludes their two-game road trip as they travel to Tyler for a game against fellow SWJCFC foe Tyler Junior College (1-2 1-1).

 

Tyler Apaches

Last Week: The Apaches (1-2 1-1) used a dynamic ground game to notch their first win and their first SWJCFC win by upsetting No. 12 Trinity Valley Community College (1-2 1-1) on the road 37-24. RB K’Vonte Jackson had 115 yards rushing on just 14 carries and 2 touchdowns while fellow RB Kevon Thompson tallied 86 yards on 15 carries. The defense frustrated the TVCC passing game as the Cardinal only completed 12 of 33 passes.

The Verdict: This was the surprise of the week in Texas, and a solid win for Tyler. The Apaches will need their running game to be at its best this week as they now have an angry Navarro team coming to town.

This Week: Tyler will try to pull off another upset as they play host to #10 Navarro College Saturday at 7 p.m.

 

No. 12 Trinity Valley Community College Cardinal

Last Week: TVCC (1-2 1-1) was unable to slow down the visiting Tyler (1-2 1-1) rushing attack as they were upset 37-24 at Bruce Field. The defense allowed the Apaches 311 rushing yards and 6 yards per carry on the night. The Cardinal struggled to get going offensively as QB Elijah Walker completed on 8 of 22 passes for 172 yards with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.

The Verdict: TVCC need to regroup quickly this week as they will be taking on a very talented and dangerous Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. The defense will need to stop the run and create some turnovers this week.

This Week:  The Cardinals try to get back on track next week as they travel to Miami, Oklahoma for a SWJCFC clash against Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (2-0).

 

Kilgore Rangers

Last Week: The Rangers (2-1 1-1) won a tight contest 21-19 over New Mexico Military Institute (1-2 0-2) at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium in Kilgore. RB DeMontre Tuggle was the offensive star of the night for Kilgore as he ran for 133 rushing yards and scored all 3 touchdowns for the Rangers. The defense was also dominant against the ball control NMMI only allowing 208 yards of total offense.

The Verdict: The SWJCFC is another super tough conference. Kilgore will be on the road this week to face an unknown Cisco team. The Rangers will need more output offensively this week.

This Week: Kilgore will travel to Cisco to play in the Lion’s Benefit Bowl at 7 p.m. in a SWJCFC game.

 

Cisco Wranglers

Last Week: The Wranglers (2-0) played the role of an inhospitable guest as they steam rolled Texas A&T Institute 72-6 Saturday in West Columbia. QB Jordan Kitna completed 7 of his 10 passes for 96 yards and 2 touchdowns in limited playing time as Cisco led 58-6 at halftime. RB Kayce Medlock led the ground attack with 81 yards on 6 carries and 2 touchdowns as four players combined to total 202 rushing yards.

The Verdict: It is difficult to judge how good this Cisco team is this year. They have blown out two teams that make the term cupcake seem too strong a word. This week Cisco will face a good Kilgore team coming off a big victory last week.

This Week: Cisco returns home for a contest against SWJCFC rival Kilgore (2-1 1-1) in the Lion’s Benefit Bowl at 7 p.m.

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