Win over Blinn means playoff berth for Rangers

Gladewater freshman Corey Davis bullies his way into the edge of the end-zone for a KC touchdown late in the second half of action against NEO. Photo by Tory Van Blarcum / THE FLARE
Gladewater freshman Corey Davis bullies his way into the edge of the end-zone for a KC touchdown late in the second half of action against NEO. Photo by Tory Van Blarcum / THE FLARE

This week the Blinn Community College Buccaneers come to R.E St John Memorial Stadium for the Rangers Hall Of Fame game. Blinn is coming off a heart-breaking 42-41 loss to the Trinity Valley Community Cardinals last week. As for the Rangers, they are coming off a 48-14 win over the Cisco Wranglers.

The Blinn offense so far this season is the key to most of their victories. Blinn is second in the nation in points per game (60) and in yards per game (635). The offense is also fourth in the nation in total offense with a total of 3,810 yards. Most of the yards gained for Blinn were through the air.

Jake Hubenak is one of the top rated quarterbacks in the nation. Hubenak is first in the nation across three categories. He is first in yards thrown with 2,890; first in passing yards per game with 480; and first in the nation with 36 passing touchdowns.

Another name for Blinn is sophomore receiver Dede Westbrook. Westbrook has 58 receptions for 1,131 yards and 10 touchdowns, which is around 10 receptions and 190 yards per game.

The Rangers are coming into this game averaging 41 points per game while gaining 428 yards per game. The Rangers offense is sitting at 2,999 yards for the season, nearly eclipsing 3,000 for the year.

The Ranger offense gets a huge boost this week as they get back their top quarterback in Javelle Allen. Allen did not play last week in Cisco due to injury. Allen, who has played in six games this season, has thrown for 1,002 yards and 11 touchdowns. In Allen’s absence last week, Averion Hurts took charge.

Hurts has played in all seven games this season and has thrown for 884 yards and 12 touchdowns. Both of these quarterbacks have given the opposing defenses trouble with not only their arm, but also their legs.

The Rangers passing game couldn’t be complete without their trio of tailbacks. Corey Davis leads the way with 77 rushing attempts for 453 yards and seven touchdowns. Eddie Smith is next with 53 rushing attempts for 391 yards and four touchdowns. The last is Keevon Aldridge who has 34 carries for 170 yards.