Rangers roll past Cisco in rainy win

Staff Writer 

CISCO – In a rainy setting and on a slick field, the KC Rangers remained unbeaten in 2012 with a 29-14 win over Cisco.

KC improved to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the Southwest Junior College Football Conference with the win, while Cisco dropped to 1-4 and 1-2.

“It feels great to be 5-0, but our goal is to win the conference championship and also the national championship,” said James Jones, KC cornerback. “We are only scraping the surface.”

KC’s defense allowed no Cisco points for three straight quarters by forcing seven turnovers, cutting the field in half and giving opportunities to its offense.

Jones recorded two interceptions and a fumble recovery to earn player of the game honors.

“It’s an exciting feeling to find out that I am player of the week,” said Jones. “But that’s only the beginning and there is more to come.”

It was a slow start for KC quarterback Tanner Tausch, who threw a pick early in the game. Backup quarterback Emory Miller took over and on his first drive, Miller ran in for a 12-yard touchdown set up by a Cisco fumble that was recovered by KC linebacker Charles Woods.

After a successful PAT, KC led 7-0.

In the second quarter, Miller threw an interception of his own and KC swapped QBs once again. It was then Tausch who led the charge, finding Miller in the end zone for a TD, putting KC up, 14-0.

Later in the second quarter, Jones’ interception helped with field advantage when he took it to Cisco’s 20-yard line. This set up another Tausch TD, as he connected with wide receiver Ed’Marques Batties for 16 yards.

KC ended the half with a field goal by kicker Yovany Arvizu, making the score, 24-0. Arvizu was a perfect 3-for-3 on field goal attempts and 2-for-2 on extra points.

Cisco found some life late in the game when quarterback Ross Hudson hooked up with running back Travis Turner on a 2-yard scoring pass.

KC led 29-6 after a failed two-point conversion.

With less than two minutes left in the game, Cisco  managed to complete one more scoring drive. Hudson threw a 26-yard TD and completed the two-point conversion, making it 29-14, the eventual final score.

Tausch completed six of 17 attempts, throwing two TDs and one interception. Miller completed one of three attempts, with one interception, one rushing TD and one receiving score. Batties finished with two receptions for 25 yards and one TD. Karrion Morrisey was the leading KC rusher with 86 yards on 13 carries.

KC travels to Brenham Saturday to face Blinn for the second of three consecutive road games.

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