Mon, Oct. 22, 2012 - [Football]
Article Courtesy of Tyler Morning Telegraph:
LINDALE -After dominating for much of the game, Tyler Junior College saw its lead narrow to 14 points in the fourth quarter.
Lamar Carraway made sure Apache fans did not have to worry.
Carraway, the special teams star for TJC, returned a kickoff 78 yards for a touchdown, basically clinching the Apaches' 37-16 victory over rival Trinity Valley Saturday at Eagle Stadium.
The return returned the momentum to Tyler.
The win also guaranteed TJC (5-3, 3-2) a spot in the Southwest Junior College Football Conference playoffs, which begin in two weeks with the semifinals.
Kilgore, Navarro and Northeastern Oklahoma A&M are all tied for the top spot at 4-1. The top four teams make the playoffs. The teams are set, only the order remains in question.
TJC plays at Kilgore Saturday (3 p.m. kickoff), while Navarro plays NEO in Miami, Okla. The Apaches could be anywhere from No. 2 seed to No. 4.
TVCC ends its season at 3-6 and 1-5.
"We knew going in it would be a dogfight," TJC associate head coach Ryan Mahon said. "… I think we executed the game plan for the most part; and played well on defense."
TJC's defense had one of its better outings, with two interceptions (Cord Fletcher, Kenny Iloka) and a number of tackles for losses (two by Kedrick Dial).
Offensively, quarterback Tyrik Rollison was his stellar self, hitting on 15 of 23 pass attempts for 220 yards and two touchdowns (62 to Marquise Smith and 29 to Tracy Smith).
The pass to Smith belonged on the highlight reel. Rollison rolled to his left, scrambled, sidestepped three TVCC defenders, ran back to the right and just as he appeared ready to run, he stopped and fired a bullet to Smith, who grabbed the ball with his outstretched hands about the 15 and jetted into the end zone.
Rollison also added a 7-yard TD run.
The Smith duo led in the catches with Tracy grabbing four for 88 yards and Marquise three for 92.
In the rushing attack, Ryan Young paced TJC with 86 yards on 18 carries, while Leroy Dobbins added 76 yards and a TD on 15 attempts.
Andrew Robinson paced Trinity Valley with 112 yards on 30 carries.
The Cardinals were hurt when starting quarterback Hunter McCoy took a hit in the second quarter and did not return.
Backup Anterric Maxey took over and scored a TD, but threw two interceptions.
SMOKE SIGNALS: In other SWJCFC action, NEO defeated Cisco, 49-21; Navarro whipped Blinn, 35-10; and Kilgore downed Southeast Prep, 53-0. … The game was played in Lindale due to a conflict with the Texas Rose Festival Parade. … Two longtime Lindale residents who played for the two schools were honorary captains - Frank Holey of TJC (1957-58) and Clifford Bartley of TVCC (1954-55, then known has Henderson County Junior College).
Tyler JC 37,
Trinity Valley CC 16
Eagle Stadium, Lindale
TVCC 3 0 6 7 - 16
TVCC-FG Saul Martinez 22, :47
TJC-Marquise Smith 62 pass from Tyrik Rollison (Santiago Escobar kick), 14:47.
TJC-Rollison 7 run (Escobar kick), 3:52.
TJC-FG Escobar 33, :14
TJC-Tracy Smith 29 pass from Rollison (kick blocked), 12:51.
TJC-Leroy Dobbins 1 run (Escobar kick), 5:44.
TVCC-Buddy Nunn 55 pass from Gary Owens (pass failed), 4:47.
TVCC-Anterric Maxey 1 run (Martinez kick), 8:36.
TJC-Lamar Carraway 78 kickoff return (Escobar kick), 8:20.
EST. ATT. -2,500.
First Downs 22 22
Rushes-Yards 54-224 48-188
Passing Yards 167 226
Comp.-Att.-Int. 14-31-2 16-24-0
Punts-Avg. 2-49.5 3-45.0
Fumbles-Lost 2-0 2-1
Penalties-Yards 10-99 10-77
RUSHING-TVCC, Andrew Robinson 29-112, Anterric Maxey 10-45, Hunter McCoy 5-38, Shakeem Jefferson 4-14, Thaddeus Stewart 2-12, Gary Owens 1-2, Sam Fowler 1-1, D;Landeon Driver 1-0, Drew Hellreigel 1-0. TJC, Ryan Young 18-86, Leroy Dobbins 15-76, Tyrik Rollison 7-19, Rodney Hall 3-19, JaVante Mack 1-1, Lamar Carraway 2-(minus 3), Team 2-(minus 10).
PASSING-TVCC, Maxey 8-17-2, 73, McCoy 5-11-0 39, Owens 1-1-0 55, Robinson 0-2-0. TJC, Rollison 15-23-0 220
, Carraway 1-1-0 6.
RECEIVING-TVCC, Owens 5-50, Robinson 5-29, Buddy Nunn 1-55, Jefferson 1-21, Adrian Henderson 1-7, Hellreigel 1-3. TJC, Tracy Smith 4-88, Marquise Smith 3-92, Jeremey Chappelle 3-8, Mack 2-20, Young 2-14, Dmarjai Devine 1-6, Dobbins 1-(minus 2).