Rangers 1-0 in conference after 24-19 victory

Devin Brooks
Sports Writer

The Rangers escaped with a 24-19 victory over conference foe Trinity Valley Community College for its first win of the season.

KC took control of the game late in the first quarter.  Running back Eddie Smith scored a 7-yard touchdown, capping a 15-play, 46-yard drive with 3:36 left in the opening quarter.

TVCC attempted a field goal, but a host of Rangers stormed over the defensive line and blocked the kick.

Linebacker Derek David recovered the blocked kick. KC forced TVCC to fumble on the kickoff, and David recovered the fumble.

On the next offensive possession, KC running back Ladaedrix Payton rushed for a 6-yard touchdown with 11:14 left in the first half to put KC up, 14-0.

TVCC quarterback Ryan Polite scored on a 6-yard quarterback sneak with 4:06 left in the quarter. KC led at halftime, 14-7.

TVCC scored first in the second half, as quarterback Polite connected with receiver Jarvis Baxter for a 14-yard touchdown. TVCC missed the extra point, putting the score at 14-13.

KC scored on their next possession as quarterback Tanner Tausch drove his offense 72 yards down the field. He threw a 19-yard pass to wide-open tight end Colin Jeter for the touchdown. The point-after made it 21-13.

KC’s defense came into effect late in the third quarter. David forced a fumble as he wrapped up TVCC’s running back Tavorreon Dickerson.

Safety Sam Williams recovered the fumble on KC’s 48 yard line.

KC linebacker Devin Williams intercepted a tipped pass on the 45-yard line, which would have put TVCC in scoring position.

After the KC offense drove 73 yards down the field, kicker Luis Sanchez aced a 32-yard field goal to bump the KC lead up to 24-13.

TVCC scored again with 2:12 left in the game, putting the score at 24-19. They failed to convert the 2-point conversion.

Tausch was 18-24 with one touchdown pass and no interceptions.

Running backs Smith and Payton rushed 137 yards combined on 35 carries with one touchdown each.

The Rangers will travel to Corsicana this weekend to take on Navarro College in their second conference game.

The game begins at 7 p.m.