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August 31, 2013

JUNIOR COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Flying high (w/box score)

Cards send No. 12 Red Ravens home with 72-7 thrashing

Athens — After falling to the No. 4 team in the nation in the Iowa Western Reivers last week in the Battle in the Valley 24-17, the Trinity Valley Community College Cardinals made a statement this week.

They came ready to play as they thrashed the No. 12-ranked Coffeyville Community College Red Ravens 72-7 in the Texas-Kansas Junior College Football Challenge.

“The kids responded well and the only mistakes that we made was the fumble in the first half,” Smiley said. “I am proud of these guys and they executed in all three phases tonight.”

The win was the third highest point total in Cardinals history as they had scored 79 and 76 points in previous contest.

With the win, seven-year head coach Brad Smiley’s team is now 1-1 on the season. They head into an open week this week before travelling to Kilgore on Sept. 14 for a 7 p.m. start.

“We are going to have some scrimmage work during the off week,” Smiley said. “We want to get some of the guys to have an opportunity to make the travelling squad to Kilgore. It is going to be a big week to get some guys back from injuries and we are going to get healthy.”

TVCC jumped out to a 42-0 lead at the half and amassed 405 yards of offense in the first 30 minutes of the game.

Luis Lopez and Monty James had two touchdowns each for the Cardinals, while sophomore quarterback Ryan Polite threw for four touchdowns.

Polite opened the scoring with a 21 yard strike to Franky Okafor, a 23-yard touchdown to Jarvis Baxter, a 20-yard strike to Nate Pickett and a 20-yard strike to Anterric Maxey.

The Cardinals defense had a strong night as they held Coffeyville to 209 yards of total offense. The Red Ravens finished with 43 carries for only 13 yards, while quarterbacks Dakota Collins and Drew Davis combined for 196 yards passing.

The defense also had two fumbles that were recovered in the end zone.

Coffeyville’s lone score in the contest came with 9:17 remaining in the third quarter as Myles White found an opening and hauled in a 17 yard pass from Collins for the 51-7 deficit.

Leading the way for the Cardinals was Polite as he went 23-of-30 for 245 yards and four touchdowns. Hunter McCoy went 8-of-12 for 99 yards. Fifteen different receivers caught passes in the contest.

TVCC has four of their next five games on the road before homecoming on Oct. 19 against Tyler JC.

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