BRYAN – Blinn quarterback Eric Mathews accounted for 457 total yards and six touchdowns as the No. 1 Buccaneers shredded Tyler Junior College, 55-31, Saturday night at Merrill Green Stadium.
The Bucs never trailed as they treated a small but loud crowd on the Bryan HS campus to 599 total yards of offense. Mathews averaged 26 yards per completion in throwing for 342 yaRds and touchdowns of 38, 54, 70 and 25 yards.
Blinn, which has not lost to the Apaches since 2004, improved to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the Southwest Junior College Football Conference while TJC fell to 3-3 and 1-3 with a trip to Miami, Okla., on tap for next weekend.
The Apaches had 499 total yards, but the high-tempered contest was never much in doubt. TJC trailed 28-10 at halftime and quickly fell behind 34-10 in the third quarter before pulling within 10 points.
Jalen Claiborne caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Tyrik Rollison, and Brian Eurysthee scored on a 7-yard run to make it 34-24 with 6:32 remaining in the third quarter.
Needing a defensive stop, the Apaches were instead defenseless. Blinn’s Jacob Bennett took an option pitch for 54 yards on first down and Marion Grice capped the five-play series with a 7-yard TD to put Blinn up 41-24.
The Apaches had to punt on their next possession after Rollison took a sack on third down and Blinn took one play to score on a Mathews pass to Kyle Aubuchon covering 70 yards.
TJC ran the ball effectively all night and finished with 324 yards on the ground, but the passing game was spotty until the outcome had been decided.
O’Bryan Washington, a freshman from Carthage, paced the Apaches with 119 yards on 20 carries. Rollison’s favorite target was Tracy Smith, who had 12 catches for 149 yards and one TD.
The Apaches had 204 yards rushing at the half, but Blinn countered with a balanced attack and fewer mistakes to lead 28-10 at the break.
Eurysthee scored on a 49-yard run to pull TJC within 14-7 with 9:58 to play in the second quarter.
Blinn, though, kept the momentum by converting on a key third down from deep in its own territory on the following series.
After a pass interference penalty moved the ball across midfield, Mathews scrambled for 10 yards and then completed a 38-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Saqwan Edwards. The Apaches let the receiver run free after biting on the option, putting Blinn up 21-7 with 7:55 left until halftime.
TJC failed to recover the ensuing kickoff into a strong southeast wind. The ball hit the ground and backed up into the arms of a Blinn player at the TJC 27.
The Bucs needed only three plays for a Brelyn Sorrells 4-yard TD and a 28-7 advantage. Mathews set up the score with a 22-yard keeper on first down.
Blinn was in TJC territory again a few minutes later when Apaches cornerback Charleston Higginbotham intercepted Mathews to bring the visiting offense back onto the field. The Apaches ran Chason White four times for 47 yards, and EurySthee picked up 19 more on two runs to set up Isaac Arellano’s 32-yard field goal with 48 seconds to play in the first half.
No. 1 Blinn 55, Tyler 31
At Merrill Green Stadium, Bryan
Tyler 0 10 14 7 -- 31
Blinn 7 21 20 7 -- 55
BC—Eric Mathews 7 run (Kurt Walker kick), 9:06.
BC—Mathews 16 run (Walker kick), 10:18.
TJC—Brian Eurysthee 49 run (Isaac Arellano kick), 9:58.
BC—Saqwan Edwards 38 pass from Mathews (Walker kick), 7:55.
BC—Brelyn Sorrells 4 run (Walker kick), 6:33.
TJC—FG Arellano 32, :48.
BC—Xavier Maxwell 54 pass from Mathews (run failed), 12:07.
TJC—Jalen Claiborne 9 pass from Tyrik Rollison (Arellano kick), 7:58.
TJC—Eurysthee 7 run (Arellano kick), 6:32.
BC—Marion Grice 7 run (Walker kick), 4:09.
BC—Kyle Aubuchon 70 pass from Mathews (Walker kick), 1:40.
TJC—Tracy Smith 13 pass from Rollison (Arellano kick), 8:37.
BC—Jacob Bennett 25 pass from Mathews (Walker kick), 5:53.
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