Playoff bound: Rangers to host Navarro in postseason battle Saturday

JEREMY GARZA
Staff Writer

A new season begins on Saturday for the No. 8 KC Rangers when the No. 2 seeded Rangers host No. 3 seed Navarro in a 3 p.m. contest on Saturday at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium to open the Southwest Junior College Football Conference playoffs.

KC is back in the SWJCFC playoffs for the first time since the 2010 season, where they lost in the first round to Navarro.

The winner of Saturday’s game will meet either Northeastern Oklahoma or Tyler Junior College for the SWJCFC championship.

Earlier in the season KC notched a 45-35 win over Navarro.

The Bulldogs are paced by running back Traylon Shead and quarterback Darian Godfrey. Shead’s combination of speed, patience and strength showed in their first meeting when he ran up the gut, had nowhere to go then found space outside and finished his trek in the end zone. He has rushed for more than 1,000 yards so far this season and has found the end zone 16 times. More than 100 yards (109) and four touchdowns came against the Rangers.

KC is coming off a win against arch-rival TJC to close out the regular season this past Saturday.

“We just want to control the ball,” said KC quarterback Tanner Tausch. “No turnovers and get the ball to our playmakers”

Tausch threw for 462 yards. He connected several times with wide receivers Ed’Marques Batties and Darrin Brown, who combined for 380 receiving yards and 18 catches.

“I think if we just keep it simple and play our game, we will have an opportunity to win,” said Tausch.

The win over TJC made the Rangers co-champions of the SWJCFC with NEO. Since NEO beat KC earlier in the season they earned the No. 1 seed.

Defensively KC hasn’t missed a beat. The Rangers picked off TJC QB Tyrik Rollison four times, returning one for a touchdown.

“We have a healthy team now,” said cornerback James Jones, “Navarro is a great team and the stats are there, but we feel we have one of the most dominate defenses in this conference.”

The game will be aired on 105.7 KXAL and a live stream online at www.kxal.org.

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