One final chance for Texas College to finish the 2011 football season with a win presents itself to the Steers today against Southwestern Assemblies of God.
The Steers (0-10) last won against SAGU (3-6) in last year's regular season finale, the program's lone victory in the last 32 games.
The previous year's result, as well as last week's competitive showing against Central States Football League leader Langston injected confidence into the Steers leading up to the contest, set for a 2 p.m. start at Mewbourne Field on the All Saints Episcopal School campus.
"This game is ripe for the picking," first-year Texas College head coach George Cumby said. "The kids are confident. I guess it's because of last year. The opportunity is great and we're expecting a win. We're hoping the offense and defense comes together."
TC enjoyed its finest all-around production, scoring and allowing a season-high points in a 25-14 loss at Langston, the lone unbeaten in CSFL play. The Steers scored on an 80-yard run and 80-yard kickoff return.
SAGU comes in with the same 0-4 conference record as TC. Langston eased past SAGU 41-13 last month.
TC checks in averaging 7.0 points per game in conference play, with SAGU allowing 50.8 against league foes.
The Steers ranks 26th nationally in sacks with 26.
"Just watching them on film, they're surely not as good as Langston," Cumby said. "We had an opportunity to beat Langston if we had a enough offense. That's been the story all year."
Ineligibility and injuries set TC back from the first game, with more than 10 projected starters failing to qualify academically, with two other first-team offensive players lost for the season to injury in the first week. Cumby hopes to have all the players back next year to help the Steers possibly turn the tide.
"A win would be great," Cumby said. "We've been talking the whole year, keep the faith and don't let things get you down that happen. We still believe we can win a game this year. The guys seem to be more confident. We believe we have an opportunity."