The KC Rangers demolished Southeast Prep of Houston, 53-0, in a non-conference win Saturday.
KC had a true homecoming after being on the road for three straight weeks. The Rangers ended their road trip with a loss to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College.
“There’s nothing like home, there’s nothing like home, there’s nothing like home,” said head Coach J.J. Eckert. “Sometimes you take playing at home for granted when you aren’t on the road for three straight weeks. That was a tough three-week stretch.”
On the opening kick, Ranger cornerback James Jones recovered a fumble that set up KC for its first touchdown of the day. Emory Miller, starting at quarterback due to an injury to regular starter Tanner Tausch, connected with tight end Mason Powledge for a touchdown on KC’s opening drive of the game.
After a successful two-point conversion and a 30-yard field goal from KC kicker Yovany Arvizu, the Rangers led 11-0 heading into the second quarter.
The remainder of the game was a joyride for KC, which put up 42 more points.
Along with shutting out Southeast Prep’s offense, the KC defense helped put points on the board when cornerback Tristen Holt took one of his two interceptions to the house.
KC quarterback Ty Chapa entered the game early, and in the second quarter Chapa threw his first collegiate touchdown pass – a scoring strike to tight end Steven Borden.
“The touchdown pass was an awesome feeling. Steven made a really good catch in the end zone,” Chapa said. “That being my first college touchdown, it’s something I’ll definitely remember for a long time.”
Chapa ended the day completing 8 of 12 passes for 94 yards, while sophomore Emmanuel Roland rushed for 115 yards.
In the second half, the clock ran continuously by request of Southeast Prep.
KC will now finish off the regular season by hosting arch-rival Tyler Junior College on Saturday.
“We’ve got a lot of video to watch, and we’ve got a lot of work to get done between now and then,” Eckert said.