Trinity Valley Community College has scored 134 points in three weeks of football. That’s the test unbeaten (2-0) and 19th ranked Kilgore will face on Saturday when the Rangers travel to Athens to take on the No. 11 ranked Cardinals.
Kickoff for the Southwest Junior College Football Conference opener is set for 7 p.m. at Bruce Field in Athens.
In week one against Dodge City Community College (Kan.), KC linebacker Charles Woods was named SWJCFC Defensive Player of the Week after recording eight tackles, breaking up three passes, forcing three fumbles and recovering a fumble. He followed that up in week two against arch-rival Tyler Junior College by racking 16 tackles and causing a fumble.
His partner in crime was defensive end Cooper Washington, who had nine tackles of his own against Tyler. In last week’s action against TJC, KC had one defensive score, but its secondary let TJC get back in the game. KC seemed to show a glimpse of vulnerability by allowing TJC to air out 305 passing yards.
Offensively, KC has been strong at the quarterback position. Head Coach J.J. Eckert has started two quarterbacks so far this season. In week one, sophomore Emory Miller had the start and threw for 136 yards and one TD. In week two Eckert went with his freshman Tanner Tausch who also helped the Rangers come out with a win throwing 19 of 29 for 293-yards and three TDs.
Both quarterbacks seem comfortable finding KC wide receiver Ed’Marques Batties, who has put up great fantasy football stats with 12 catches for 235 yards and two TDs.
The ground game was a different story against TJC with KC only getting 42 yards on 21 attempts.
“We have got to have a better job establishing the run game,” Eckert said. “We need to make sure to get those second and six, third and three first downs.”
NOTES: In 2011, TVCC defeated the Rangers 38-20 … TVCC suffered a 44-20 loss to No. 7 Iowa Western last week … Saturday’s game will be aired on KXAL 105.3 FM and will also be streamed online at www.kxal.org.