EDITOR’S NOTE: For a preview of Kilgore College-Cisco this Saturday, see the special section Game Time Weekly in the print edition today.
So much for the talk about 2017 being the year Arkansas Baptist might make Kilgore College at least fret a bit on the football field.
The Buffaloes made the trip from Little Rock as visiting opponents for KC’s Rangers on Saturday night. When they left Little Rock, they were unbeaten.
When they left Kilgore, they weren’t.
KC rolled in about every way possible in its 55-0 win; the Rangers had over 600 total yards of offense, held ABC to under 40 total yards, and now turns its attention to the Southwest Junior College Football Conference portion of its schedule. And a familiar face.
Coach J.J. Eckert’s Rangers (1-1) hit the road to Cisco on Saturday for a 7 p.m. kickoff. Former KC assistant Russell Thompson is now Cisco's head football coach.
As for Arkansas Baptist, they’ll continue to take on SWJCFC teams the rest of their season. If the trip to KC was an indication, the Buffaloes might be in for a long year.
KC got things going quickly. Early in the game, Hallsville product Roger McCuller found receiver Zecharius Nash-Kelly for an 11-yard touchdown pass, a result of a fumble by ABC moments earlier on a punt.
A pick-six by KC’s defense was the second score of the game -- Byron Robinson intercepted ABC quarterback Steadman Lanigan and racing into the end zone from 38 yards out.
McCuller had another touchdown pass, this one to Demarcus Smith for 32 yards, that put KC up 21-0, and then quarterback Jalil Kilpatrick added one more on a 1-yard run to cap a 13-play drive. The Rangers went to the halftime locker room leading 28-0.
KC linebacker Tony Burnett, who leads one of, if not the, conference’s best defensive unit, got an interception of his own in the third quarter, and KC turned that into points on a 2-yard run by Carlos Franks.
Still in the third quarter, McCuller got his third touchdown pass of the night, this time to Anthony Thomas on another 11-yarder, to make it 42-0, and in the fourth quarter, McCuller took one to the house himself, scoring on a 37-yard run. Jacob Frazier became the third KC quarterback to get playing time and to score on a 12-yard run with just over two minutes left.
McCuller finished 6-of-8 for 82 yards and the three touchdowns, but all three led KC on scoring drives.
Demontre Tuggle led the Rangers with 85 yards rushing, a part of a running game that produced 270 yards against ABC. Defensively, Burnett and his crew held the Buffaloes to 36 total yards and zero -- none -- on the ground.