Rangers end impressive season at 7-3 with loss to Trinity Valley

Jeremiah Baines running the ball

Kilgore fought hard but struggled against a top-notch Trinity Valley offense, losing to the Cardinals 55-35 Nov. 1 at Bruce Field in Athens in the regional semifinal SWJCFC playoff game.

The loss ends the Rangers' season with a 7-3 overall record and a 4-2 record in conference play.

The Rangers scored first in the contest with a 39-yard field goal by Luis Sanchez, but the Cardinals answered quickly with a short touchdown run after an impressive 80-yard kickoff return.

On the next possession, KC got drove down close to the goal line and faked a field goal, but the pass to the end zone was incomplete.

Trinity Valley scored on its next possession with a 15-yard touchdown pass by Cardinal QB Jerod Evans to put TVCC up 14-3.

Kilgore kicker Luis Sanchez answered with a 43-yard field goal to make the score 14-6 with 12:02 left in the second quarter.

TVCC answered the Ranger points once again with a 65-yard bomb by Evans with 11:49 left in the second quarter to put the Cardinals up 21-6.

On Kilgore's next possession, QB Javelle Allen tossed a 37-yard TD pass to Patrick Brown.  The Rangers went for two and were successful with a pass from Averion Hurts to Chris Chumley to put the Rangers within a touchdown, 21-14, with 9:28 left in the first half.

The score an two-point conversion gave momentum to the Rangers, but Trinity Valley scored three more times before the half on a 44-yard run, a 19-yard pass and a 45-yard pass that was set up by a Cardinal interception.

Down 44-14 at the half, the Rangers held Trinity Valley to a three-and-out the start of the third quarter, but fumbled the ball giving the ball right back to the Cardinals, setting up a 10-yard touchdown pass to make the score 49-14 with 9:38 left in the third quarter.

Kilgore put up 21 points in the fourth quarter with two touchdown runs by QB Averion Hurts and an rare 4-yard touchdown run by big defensive lineman Cliff Butler, but it just wasn't enough to close the Cardinal lead.