TYLER – Kilgore College / Tyler Junior College is still a rivalry, arguably one of the best in Texas, although it’s been heavily-weighted toward KC lately.
The Apaches didn’t do a lot to dispel that notion last Saturday.
Usually it’s the Apache Belles and Rangerettes who steal the show at halftime, but on Saturday night, it was KC quarterback Malcolm Mays.
Mays, a 6-5 strong-arm signal caller from Arlington, accounted for five of the Rangers’ scores in a 49-28 win over TJC in the season opener for both teams on Saturday at Christus Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium.
The game did not count in the Southwest Junior College Football Conference standings; the conference game between the two will be played here at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium in the final week of the regular season on Nov. 6.
Mays threw four TD passes and ran for another as the Rangers were in control throughout in the non-conference game. The Rangers had been ranked sixth in the NJCAA’s national poll, but top-ranked Hutchinson (Kan.) lost, and two other teams were idle. The poll’s release was pending on Tuesday afternoon at the News Herald’s print deadline.
See it now on kilgorenewsherald.com.
Kilgore College is on the road again this weekend, as the Rangers travel to Brenham to face Blinn College this Saturday night, kicking off at 7. TJC is set to host Navarro on Saturday, also at 7.
In other Southwest Junior College Football Conference games, New Mexico Military topped Papago Pumas (Arizona), 40-9; Navarro beat defending conference champion Cisco, 35-14; Trinity Valley routed ASA Miami, 70-7; and Southern-Shreveport and Blinn was canceled.
KC has beaten TJC 10 of 11 games and now tie the all-time series at 62-62-1.
Mays was 19 of 26 for 293 yards and an interception. He had TD passes of 14 (Juwan King), 52 (Zeek Freeman), 53 (Jordan Moore) and 33 (Bailee Davenport). He scored on a 9-yard run. He threw one pick to TJC’s Jaylon Shelton, the former West Rusk High School quarterback.
Tyler Junior College started freshman quarterback General Booty over Landry Kinne who started the final two games of the spring.
Booty hit on 33 of 46 for 285 yards and four touchdowns, along with an interception.
Jeremiah Cooley had three TDs receptions of 35, 5 and 8 yards. Booty also hit Kelly Akharaiyi for a 19-yard TD.
Cooley had seven catches for 80 yards while Jordan Wallace had nine catches for 35 yards.
KC took a 28-7 lead when Jaylen Stanford took the ball away from a TJC receiver and went 32 yards into the end zone.
Moore had six catches for 105 yards and the TD.
The Rangers jumped out to a 14-0 lead as Mays hit King with a 14-yard TD pass at 11:12 of the first, followed by a 52-yarder to Freeman with 5:59 showing. Eduardo Jaimes made both PATs.
KC took a 35-14 halftime lead with Moore’s 53-yard TD reception and Stanford’s 32-yard interception return, along with Garrison Johnson’s 4-yard TD run with 23 seconds left in the first.
It was a penalty-filled game with KC assessed 16 penalties for 180 yards, while Tyler had five for 60.
See a preview of Kilgore College / Blinn in Saturday’s News Herald.
Phil Hicks has been sports editor of the Tyler Morning Telegraph for over three decades. The TMT is a member of M. Roberts Media, along with the Kilgore News Herald.