The Texas College Steers close out their 2013 football campaign Saturday, hosting Oklahoma Baptist University at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium.
Kickoff is 2 p.m.
The Steers and coach George Cumby would like to end the season on an upswing.
The offensive line will be a key today against the Bison.
Raul Chapa (6-3, 300, junior, Pasadena) has been a mainstay at center. At right guard is Oliver Johnson (6-0, 260, DeSoto) and the left guard is Scott McPherson (6-3, 330, Houston Lamar). The tackle spot has had its share of combinations with Bobby Tatum (6-2, 265, junior Forney) on the right side and Jefferson Porter (6-3, 289) on the left.
Backups at guard include Michael Cheatham (6-3, 300, DeSoto) and Patrick Taylor (6-0, 270, Dallas). Support help at tackle comes from Joseph Hayward (6-1, 265, Tampa, Fla.). Another backup at tackle, Kourtland Atkins (6-5, 300, Houston Yates) was involved in a car accident on Sunday and is still hospitalized. The school said he had surgery and is in stable condition.
The Bison enter with a 2-8 mark.
“We have got to stop the run, plain and simple,” Cumby said. “The guys have been working hard all week, and if we come out with some intensity and can jump on them, we have a good shot to end the season up with a win.”
The Bison offense averages 294.2 yards per game and has scored 14 touchdowns on the ground and 13 through the air. The Bison defense has been porous, allowing 431.3 yards per game.
The Steers have rushed for 939 yards and eight TDs. Through the air the 1-9 Steers have thrown for 1,981 yards and nine scores.
Edward Burns (Pemberton, N.J.) is the top active rusher for TC with 88 carries for 344 yards. Quarterback Curtez Griffen adds 66 carries for 263 yards and three TDs. Taylor Gray has stepped up the last three games with 33 rushes for 136 yards.
In the receiving department, Ja’Marius Allen of Longview (Pine Tree) has 46 catches for 545 yards and four TDs.
The leading defenders for the Steers include linebacker Charles Jones (75 tackles, 37 solo, sack, interception) and Gilmer defensive back Jeremy McMillan (70 tackles, 48 solo, two interception, fumble return for a TD).