TJC defeats KC in season-opener, 22-8

KILGORE, TX -- The outskirts of Hurricane Harvey kept a steady drizzle falling all game as No. 16 Tyler Junior College washed away all hopes of a season-opening victory for Kilgore College Aug. 26.

TJC held the Rangers scoreless in the first three quarters, defeating the Rangers 22-8.

The Apaches got on the board first with 6:30 left in the first quarter thanks to a mishandled snap by KC's punter that sailed into the end zone for a safety.

After trading possessions, TJC's Tyler Dunlop had a 34-yard field goal blocked that was run back to the 47 yard line by KC's Morgan Vest.

On the next drive, KC quarterback Jalil Kilpatrick connected for 35 yards to Jonathan Mackey to get the Rangers in the red zone, but KC fumbled on the next play.  

The fumble gave TJC the ball on the KC 14 yard line with one minute remaining in the first quarter.

The fumble was one of five fumbles for KC, four of which were lost.

On the next possession, KC held the Apaches but fumbled on its next offensive possession with 9:35 in the second quarter to give TJC the ball at the 29 yard line.

TJC quarterback Brennen Wooten then threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Joseph Ward to put the Apaches up, 8-0.

With 7:57 left in the third quarter Wooten connected for a touchdown pass again, this time for 9 yards to Trent Williams to increase TJC’s lead to 15-0.

KC's lone touchdown came from a 7-yard run by De'Montre Tuggle with 13:52 left in the fourth quarter.

Roger McCuller connected with Mackey for a successful two-point conversion to put the Rangers within one score at 15-8.

But TJC wasn't finished scoring.  With 8:38 left in the contest TJC's Jeremy Wilson scored on a 20-yard touchdown run after a long drive to put the Apaches up 22-8.

On KC's next possession, they almost converted a fourth and 10 at the TJC 15 yard line to keep hopes alive, but the receiver caught the ball just out of bounds.

The Rangers turned the ball over on downs and TJC ran the remaining five minutes of the clock to preserve the 22-8 victory.

KC has a bye week next week, but will be back in action 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at home versus Arkansas Baptist College.


PHOTO ABOVE: Jonathan Mackey makes a miraculous 35-yard catch from QB Jalil Kilpatrick Aug. 26.  Photo by Jamie Maldonado/KC