Things change.

At one point – not so long ago – Blinn had none other than Cam Newton quarterbacking their Buccaneers, when it seemed one transfer after another moved to Brenham to help the Bucs, as they swam (somewhat) carelessly through the Southwest Junior College Football Conference like a hot knife through butter. National and conference titles were won. It was a great time to be a Blinn fan.

Things change.

Blinn, which didn’t get to play its season opener last week against Southern-Shreveport, will open its 2021 football season tonight, but the company coming is none other than the fifth-ranked Kilgore College Rangers, who have gone 25-5 since 2018, and are one of the nation’s elite junior college programs.

Kickoff in Brenham tonight is set for 7 p.m.

Blinn went 1-7 in the 2020 / spring season that concluded in May, and didn’t win a conference game. The Bucs were also in the cellar back in 2019, with a 4-5 overall record but a 2-5 mark in conference play, and 7-4 in 2018.

But against KC, the Bucs have been sleepwalking. Blinn’s last win against KC was here at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium back on Sept. 23, 2017. KC has won three straight over the Bucs, and outscored them 105-28 in the last two meetings.

So, Blinn has no real numbers at which to look. KC, on the other hand, dealt Tyler Junior College a 49-21 loss last weekend, and did enough that KC quarterback Malcolm Mays was named the NJCAA’s (national) offensive player of the week (see our story in this issue).

Mays went 22-of-29 for 337 yards, four touchdowns and an interception in the game. Willie McCoy had five catches for 115 yards and a score in the game; Zeek Freeman, Bailee Davenport and Jawan King also each had a touchdown, and Cassius Allen had five catches for 76 yards, averaging 15 yards a catch.

In addition, Mays and Garrison Johnson each ran for a touchdown.

KC had 56 total offensive plays, 226 rushing yards, and finished with 563 yards of total offense.

If the Rangers had a regret from the game, it’s probably the performance of TJC quarterback General Booty, who threw for four touchdowns and 321 yards, with three of those four scores going to Jeremiah Cooley.

KC kickers Eduardo Jaimes (from Sabine) and Kolby King both had a good day: Jaimes went 4-of-4 in extra points in the contest, and King was 3-of-3.

Jordan Moore led KC in tackles (14), with one for loss, and a pass break-up. They finished with four sacks: Maurice Westmoreland had a sack and shared another with Devante Keys, and Charles Hill also had a sack. Jaylen Stanford had an interception for the Rangers, who will play their home opener next Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. against Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (NEO).

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