Athens Review, Athens, Texas

October 15, 2013

JUNIOR COLLEGE FOOTBALL: TVCC Cardinals wrap up road trip with 34-18 win over Blinn

From Staff Reports
The Athens Review

BRENHAM — The Trinity Valley Community College Cardinals wrapped up a three-game road trip undefeated following a 34-18 win over the Blinn College Buccaneers Saturday night in Brenham.

With the win, coach Brad Smiley’s Cardinals are now 5-2 overall and 4-1 in Southwest Junior College football conference play.

The Cardinals will wrap up the conference portion of its schedule this Saturday with the Hall of Fame/Homecoming Day festivites against the No. 4-ranked Tyler Junior College Apaches (7-0, 4-0).

The game is set to kickoff at 3 p.m., with the crowning of the king and queen at 2:30 p.m.

“Just like every week, we have to have a great week of practice,” Smiley said. “They are obviously a good football team and are playing well. They have lots of skill and speed and it will be a great heavyweight fight.”

On Saturday, Trinity Valley jumped out to a 14-0 lead as Tavarreon Dickerson scored a four-yard touchdown run at the 10:41 mark of the opening quarter. Dylan McLain booted the PAT good for a 7-0 lead.

Franky Okafor then capped off a 12-play, 76 yard drive as he pulled down a nine-yard touchdown from Ryan Polite for the 14-0 lead.

Following a 32-yard field goal by Blinn to cut the deficit to 14-3, TVCC scored the final 10 points of the half for a 24-3 lead.

McLain blasted a 36-yard field goal through the uprights and then Okafor made a highlight reel play to end the half.

The Cardinals had five seconds remaining in the half when Okafor went up over three Blinn defenders and pulled down a 51-yard hail mary for the touchdown.

“It was awesome and they were completed dejected,” Smiley said about the play.

In the second half, McLain added a 36-yard field goal and John Thomas hauled in a 12-yard pass from Polite for a 34-11 lead.

Polite finished the contest 29-of-45 for 323 yards. He had three touchdowns  and one interception. Okafor was the leading receiver with five catches for 90 yards and one score.

NOTE: In other conference finals from Saturday, Tyler defeated Cisco 49-23, Kilgore defeated NEO 35-21 and Navarro demolished Southeast Prep 80-0.