ATHENS — Trinity Valley Community College almost opened up the 2013 season with an upset over No. 4 Iowa Western Community College in The Battle of the Valley Classic at Bruce Field on Saturday night.
Last year’s national championship football team from Iowa that normally uses the spread, went to the ground for the winning drive, starting at their own 22 yard line to score a 24-17 win.
Akise Teague gained 46 of his total 76 yards on the ground during the march, capping it off with a 16-yard TD run for a 24-17 lead with three minutes and 47 seconds to go.
Jataveon Green had a huge game for the Cardinals, setting up the offense for one last gasp to answer the Reivers.
However, the defensive front for IWCC stepped up and held the Cards out of the end zone with a pass knock down with 29 seconds left in the game.
The Cardinals tied the game at 17-17 with 6:58 to go when Green made his sixth catch of the game for a 22-yard TD pass from quarterback Ryan Polite. McClain tied the game at 17-17 with the PAT with less than seven minutes left in the game.
IWCC utilized the spread offense to take a 10-7 lead at the half.
Three first-half fumbles by TVCC thwarted two of the Cardinal drives deep in Reivers territory.
After the Reivers’ Danny Hamilton booted a 39-yard field goal, Cardinal D’Nerrius Antione raced 86-yards with a punt return to take a 7-3 lead.
IWCC regained the lead before the half when George Sehl hauled in a quick pass over the middle from Connor Bravard from 6-yards out for a 10-7 advantage.
Garland’s Green highlighted the first half with three catches good for 36 yards. The Reivers held a 178-148 advantage in total yards at intermission.
Cardinal kicker Dylan McClain tied the game up at 10 with a 41-yard field goal. The score was set up by the second lost fumble by the Reivers in the third quarter at the Cardinal 49-yard line. Antione was on the recovery for the Cards.
IWCC’s Sehl made his second touchdown catch of the game with 3:56 left in the third quarter. Hamilton made the PAT and a 17-10, Reivers lead.
Three 15-yard penalties in the third quarter by TVCC aided the Reivers score, and called back a first down deep in IWCC territory.
Marquel McNac led TVCC on the ground with 29 yards in 11 tries, while Tavarreon Dickerson added 25 yards in six carries.
Card quarterback, Polite was 27 of 49 for 307 passing yards.
Reivers signal-caller, Bravard ended the game with 231-yards through the air, going 21 of 36.
Tatum’s Nate Pickett was two-way player for the Cards, making six tackles, one sack with one pass break up defensively. Pickett also snagged three passes for 26 yards playing tight end.
The Cardinals will continue to battle the nation’s best when they entertain No. 12 Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College next Saturday with a 7 p.m. kickoff slated.
Second Annual Battle in the Valley
At Bruce Field, Athens
No. 4 Iowa Western Community College 24,
Trinity Valley Community College 17
Iowa Western 3 7 7 7 — 24
Trinity Valley 7 0 3 7 — 17
IWCC – FG 39 Danny Hamilton, 12:33.
TVCC – D’Nerrius Antoine 86 punt return (McClain kick), 6:08.
IWCC – George Sehl 6 pass from Connor Bravard (Hamilton kick), 12:21.
TVCC – FG 36 McClain, 8:26.
IWCC – Sehl 25 pass from Bravard (Hamilton kick), 3:56.
TVCC – Jataveon Green 22 pass from Ryan Polite,(McClain kick), 6:58.
IWCC – Akise Green 16 run (Hamilton kick)