Errors doom Rangers vs. TJC, 56-24.

DEVIN BROOKS
Staff Writer

KC failed to bounce back from its opening loss and was defeated by their archrival Tyler Junior College Apaches in its opening home game, 56-24 last Saturday night. Special team errors and penalties plagued KC all game long. KC had three special teams turnovers and five turnovers in all. They also had a lot of dirty laundry all over the field as they were penalized 10 times for 77 yards.

KC started off behind and couldn’t recover. TJC returned the opening kickoff for 39 yards, putting the offensive unit in good scoring position. They didn’t waste any time putting points on the board as quarterback Randy Price rushed for a six yard touchdown on the quarterback keeper with 12:57 left in the opening quarter.

After KC fumbled on the punt return, TJC took advantage of the great field position and scored another touchdown with 4:09 left in the first quarter. After a KC three and out, Price hooked up with receiver Lamar Carraway for a 40-yard touchdown pass with 1:27 left in the first quarter. TJC led KC 21-0 after one quarter.

Running back Ladaedrix Payton was responsible for KC’s first touchdown as he trucked in for a 13-yard run with 12:29 left in the first half, capping an 11-play 83-yard drive.  KC’s defense fed off the momentum from Payton’s touchdown and made some highlight plays. Defensive Captain Michael Mathis intercepted Price’s pass attempt downfield.  Unfortunately, KC’s offense couldn’t capitalize on the turnover as they went three and out.  On the next possession freshman defensive end, DE ‘Andre Glover recovered a TJC fumble that three members from the KC defensive line forced on TJC’s 33-yard line with 5:42 left in the first half.  Kicker Luis Sanchez boomed a 30-yard field goal straight through the middle of the uprights with 1:53 left in the first half, trimming the lead to 21-10 at the end of the half.

KC came out of the locker room re-energized and ready to make a comeback. However, they would have to play the second half, without the majority of the crowd there. After the halftime performances, KC fans were exiting the stands and heading to their cars.

This didn’t seem to bother KC’s running back Payton as he broke off three straight long runs of 11, 11, and 15-yards to start the second half.  Following those three monster runs, Eddie Smith added a 12-yard run that put KC on the 23-yard line and in scoring position. It looked like KC was going to score and trim the lead even more.

Unfortunately KC got penalized for a personal foul and backtracked 15-yards. Then the offensive line got happy feet and they were penalized for a false start. KC was moved out of scoring position and field goal range. The Rangers started the drive strong, but finished weak and was forced to punt.

TJC scored on its next drive with a 14-yard rushing touchdown by running back Terrance Taylor with 10:30 left in the third quarter, pushing the lead to 28-10.

On the kickoff, KC punt returner Morris Williams fumbled the catch and TJC’s Treavor Pugh recovered on KC’s 14-yard line. TJC scored three plays later as Price threw a little two-yard pass to a tight end Cole Staudt, who was wide open in the back of the end zone, pushing the score to 35-10 with 9:50 left in the third quarter.

On KC’s next offensive possession Tausch tried to hook up with receiver Derrick Ledet, but TJC’s Caleb Williams intercepted on the 25-yard line. The KC defense forced TJC to punt on its offensive drive, bringing Tausch and the KC offense back on the field. After a couple of 12-yard runs from running backs Payton and Jeremiah Baines, Tanner Tausch electrified the crowd as he threw a 53-yard bomb to tight end Chris Chumley for the touchdown. With 8:17 left in the 3rd quarter KC trimmed the lead to 35-17. This touchdown gave KC new hope as they looked to make a second-half comeback.

Unfortunately, TJC wasn’t going to let that happen. Randy Price kept the ball on a QB keeper and ran it all the way to pay dirt for a 30-yard touchdown with 4:52 left in the 3rd. TJC increased the lead to 42-17. KC’s next offensive possession didn’t go well. Tausch fumbled the ball while trying to attempt a short pass to one of his receivers. TJC recovered the fumble. TJC went to score on their next two possessions, with their last touchdown coming on a 12 yard run by running back Taylor with 9:37 left in the game.

KC scored their last touchdown of the game coming on a 41-yard breakaway run by running back Eddie Smith with 5:49 left in the fourth quarter, on an 83-yard scoring drive.  TJC quarterback Price had 250 yards of total offense with three passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns.

KC quarterback Tausch went 10-21 for 141 yards, with one interception, one lost fumble, and one touchdown pass. Running backs Payton and Smith combined for over 150 yards rushing with one touchdown each. KC’s defense forced two turnovers, an interception and a fumble.

The Rangers will look to rebound and get their first win of the season, as they host Trinity Valley Community College at 7 p.m. next Saturday.

Scoring Summary

1st quarter-      12:57     6 plays 39 yards     7-0

1st quarter-      4:09        3 plays 23 yards     14-0

1st quarter-      1:27        5 plays 62 yards     21-0

2nd quarter-     12: 29     11 plays 83 yards   21-7

2nd quarter-     1:53        10 plays 36 yards   21-10

3rd quarter-     10:30      5 plays 91 yards     28-10

3rd quarter-     9:50        4 plays 14 yards     35-10

3rd quarter-     8:17        4 plays 81 yards     35-17

3rd quarter-     4:52        3 plays 34 yards     42-17

4th quarter-     14:54      6 plays 29 yards     49-17

4th quarter-     9:37        7 plays 51 yards     56-17

4th quarter-     5:49        6 plays 83 yards     56-24