ATHENS — The No. 4 Trinity Valley Community College Cardinals used a big play offense to defeat the No. 13 Tyler Junior College Apaches 59-38 in the Southwest Junior College Football Conference opener Saturday at Bruce Field.
The Cardinals rushed for six touchdowns with Jeff Harris and Luis Lopez recording two apiece, while Marquel McNac and redshirt freshman Kyle Postma had one each. Postma threw for two more TDs.
Tyler was led by Rusk product Chaston Bennett, who rushed for 228 yards and four touchdowns.
Tyler quarterback Sedarian Copeland threw for two touchdowns one to Ryan Parker on an 11-yard pass and another to Whitehouse standout Jake Parker of three yards.
Trinity Valley's Postma passed for 350 yards and McNac added 73 yards on the ground.
The Cardinals lived off the big play as they had 10 plays over 25 yards.
The Apaches return to play on Saturday, traveling to Brenham to take on Blinn at Cub Stadium. Kickoff is 7 p.m.
Blinn opended its season with a 77-6 win over Southeast Prep.
Trinity Valley will have another showdown next Saturday, traveling down the road to Corsicana to meet Navarro. Kickoff is 7 p.m.
The Apaches' home opener is Sept. 13 when they play host to Arkansas Baptist at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium. Kickoff is 7 p.m.
TVCC 59, Tyler 45
At Bruce Field, Athens
Tyler 3 14 14 14 — 45
TVCC 14 24 7 14 — 59
TVCC—Marquel McNac 28 run (Leo Peralta kick), 12:44.
TVCC—Jordan Neely 7 pass from Kyle Postma (Peralta kick), 10:06.
TJC—Ljundrim Kaba 33 FG, 8:03.
TVCC—Peralta 45 FG, 14:48.
TVCC—Jeff Harris 12 run (Peralta kick), 11:39.
TJC—Ryan Parker 11 pass from Sedarian Copeland (Kaba kick), 7:54.
TVCC—Luis Lopez 40 run (Peralta kick), 5:42.
TJC—Jake Parker 3 pass from Copeland (Kaba kick), 4:01.
TVCC—Lopez 9 run (Peralta kick), :08.
TJC—Chaston Bennett 2 run (Kaba kick), 10:50.
TVCC—Postma 14 run (Peralta kick), 9:50.
TJC—Bennett 20 run (Kaba kick), :28
TVCC—Jarvis Baxter 10 pass from Postma (Peralta kick), 13:28.
TJC—Bennett 50 run (Kaba kick), 12:58.
TVCC—Harris 55 run (Peralta kick), 11:23.
TJC—Bennett 2 run (Kaba kick), :10.