Wed, Sep. 26, 2012 - [Football]
Article Courtesy of Tyler Morning Telegraph
The Rose City is in for a treat this week as not only is the East Texas State Fair going on, but there will be three nights of football at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium.
Tyler Junior College, Robert E. Lee and John Tyler all host games on Earl Campbell Field on consecutive nights.
The Apaches get things started Thursday hosting Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. Kickoff is 7 p.m.
Lee opens its District 12-5A campaign Friday when the Red Raiders take on Mesquite Horn. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.
JT concludes the three-game set Saturday as the Lions, ranked No. 3 in the state, tangle with Tigres Nuevo Leon of Monterrey, Mexico. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.
"I love Thursday night football," TJC head coach Danny Palmer said. "I think it is a great night to play football."
The Apaches (2-2, 0-1) are hoping to get into the conference win column after dropping their Southwest Junior College Football Conference opener to Blinn, 35-27, Saturday in Brenham.
TJC's offense generated 576 yards and that is with "nine dropped passes and two turnovers," Palmer said.
One of those turnovers was a fumble at the Blinn two-yard line.
Quarterback Tyrik Rollison, a sophomore from Sulphur Springs, was spectacular, hitting on 20 of 36 pass attempts for 309 yards and a touchdown. Jeremey Chappelle, a sophomore from Jacksonville who played at Bullard Brook Hill, grabbed six receptions for 82 yards and the TD.
On the season, Rollison was connected on 73 of 118 pass attempts for 993 yards. He has thrown eight TD passes with only one interception. Chappelle has 22 receptions for 333 yards and four TDs.
Ryan Young, another sophomore from Sulphur Springs, stepped off 127 yards on 24 carries against the Buccaneers. He had to carry most of the load after freshman running back Leroy Dobbins injured his ankle on his only carry against Blinn. Palmer said Dobbins' status is uncertain for Thursday's game.
On the season, Young has rushed for 347 yards and two touchdowns on 64 totes. Dobbins has 265 yards and five TDs on 41 attemtps.
Palmer said his defense allowed too many yards - 398 yards.
Kenny Iloka had an interception, while Chris Loop and Wawa Leota recovered fumbles.
Cord Fletcher led in tackles with 12. Marquez Franklin had 11 tackles, while Larry Thomas and Demarco Johnson had 10 each.