Crunch Time: Grudge match has playoff implications for both teams

JEREMY GARZA
Staff Writer

For the KC Rangers, securing a win against Southwest Junior College Football Conference rival Tyler Junior College on Saturday would create a double reward.

A KC win guarantees a home playoff game for the Rangers and at least a share of the conference title, depending on the outcome of the game between Northeastern Oklahoma and Navarro. If KC wins and Navarro defeats NEO, the Rangers win the title outright. The Rangers defeated the Bulldogs 45-35 earlier in the season.

Kickoff for Saturday’s game at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium is 3 p.m. It will be aired on 105.3 FM and streamed online at www.kxal.org.

The game Saturday will be the 113th meeting between KC and Tyler and the second this season. KC defeated the Apaches 38-30 in a non-conference game that came down to a last-second play where the KC defense held off TJC.

KC’s lone loss came from NEO, which defeated TJC 65-59 in double-overtime. Tyler’s other two losses came from Blinn and Navarro, teams KC defeated this season but by a total of 11 points (45-35 over Navarro and 28-27 over Blinn).

The offense for TJC has put up staggering numbers this season on multiple teams. The Apaches have been led by quarterback Tyrik Rollison, who is a threat in multiple ways.

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