The second matchup between the KC Rangers and the Tyler Junior College Apaches ended on a sour note for KC, which fell to TJC, 42-12, in the regular season finale.
KC needed to beat TJC, or they needed Blinn Community College to lose, to make the playoffs. Neither scenario worked out for KC, and their season is over.
TJC scored first with a 69-yard touchdown pass early in the first quarter. Quarterback Tanner Tausch was active for this game, but his shoulder injury hindered him. After a KC three-and-out, TJC running back Terrence Taylor ran in an eight-yard touchdown putting TJC up 14-0.
In the second quarter, KC failed to convert on third down and settled for three points. Kicker Luis Sanchez made the 31-yard field goal to make the score 14-3.
On the second play of KC’s next drive, Tausch ran a QB keeper and got hit on his injured shoulder and fumbled. The officials confirmed that Tausch was down by contact and it was no fumble, but Tausch was taken out of the game due to his injury.
Averion Hurts replaced Tausch. Hurts broke off three long runs to put KC in scoring position. Tausch came back into the game for one play and threw an incomplete pass on a third down. Sanchez missed a 29-yard field goal to keep the score at 14-3.
TJC scored again when quarterback Lamar Carraway rushed for a 9-yard touchdown to make the score 21-3. Tausch would lead his team down the field to setup a 34-yard field goal for Sanchez. He made the field goal with just eight seconds left in the first half. TJC led KC 21-9 at halftime.
KC struck first in the third quarter when Sanchez connected on a 38-yard field goal to make the score 21-12.
After defensive end Damon King intercepted a pass on the 47-yard line, Tausch led his offense down the field to set up a 49-yard field goal attempt for Sanchez. Sanchez missed, leaving the score at 21-12.
On the second play of TJC’s drive, Carraway hooked up with Reynolds for a 67- yard touchdown, making the score 28-12 with 2:08 left in the third quarter. TJC would score two more times in the fourth quarter.
Tausch was 11-19 for 157 yards, with one interception, and was sacked five times. Lynch had two fumble recoveries and an interception. Sanchez was responsible for all of KC points. He went 4-6 for field goals making then from 36, 31, 34 and 38 yards out, and missing from 49 and 29 yards out.
KC was eliminated from playoff contention and their season is over.