The KC Rangers ended the regular season with a 45-24 win over the Tyler Junior College Apaches Saturday at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium, claiming a share of the Southwest Junior College Football Conference title.
Quarterback Tanner Tausch led the way with 462 passing yards, four passing touchdowns in the first half and a 32-yard TD run after missing last week’s game against Southeast Prep due to injury.
“I felt grateful to just get the chance to go out and compete again,” Tausch said.
KC put points on the board early in the game when Tausch connected with tight end Steven Borden for the 35-yard TD. Linebacker Charles Woods joined the scoring festivities when he picked off TJC QB Tyrik Rollison and returned it for a 71-yard score, making it 21-3. Woods ended the game with two interceptions.
Tausch found wide receiver Ed’Marques Batties for a pair of TDs, one of them being 60-yards. Tausch also threw an 80-yard bomb to wide receiver Darrin Brown.
KC led 35-10 at the half.
TJC attempted to claw its way back into the game in the second half.
Rollison threw a 44-yard TD pass to WR JaVante Mack and on their next drive threw another 73-yard TD pass to Marquise Smith, making the count 38-24.
With less than four minutes left in the game, Tausch ended hopes of a TJC comeback when he ran down the sideline for a 32-yard TD, putting KC ahead, 45-24.
KC linebacker Sam Williams had two interceptions of his own.
WR Batties ended the day with 12 catches for 182 yards and Darrin Brown had six catches for 199 yards. Running back Courtland Smith rushed for 84 yards on 17 carries.
“It’s great to know so many guys can make things happen,” Tausch said. “It makes the job a lot easier.”
Tausch and the Rangers now head into the first round of playoffs, hosting Navarro 3 p.m. Saturday at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium.
Saturday’s winner moves on to the second round to play the winner of the N.E. Oklahoma A&M College and TJC matchup.