MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. — Tre Rosser intercepted a pass near the goal line with less than a minute to play and the No. 11 Tyler Junior College Apaches escaped the Peach Tree state with a 47-42 non-conference win over Georgia Military College on Saturday at Davenport Field.
It was the sixth straight win for TJC as the squad improves to 6-1. The Bulldogs fall to 30-4.
Chaston Bennett, the sophomore running back from Rusk, scored three times for the Apaches. Two of his TDs were on the ground to give him 18 on the season, which leads the nation. Wide receiver Ryan Parker hauled in two TD passes.
In a game that saw five lead changes, the Apaches saw the Bulldogs take the lead twice in the fourth quarter.
After falling behind 42-41, the Apaches drove the length of the field to retake the lead as Bennett scored on an 11-yard run with 4:48 left in the game. The try for two failed, but TJC had the 47-42 advantage.
The Bulldogs were not through.
GMC got the ball back one more and marched inside the Tyler 20, but Rosser came up with an interception at the 1-yard line with 1:08 remaining to seal the victory for the Apaches.
GMC had rallied from a 31-14 deficit early in the third quarter and eventually took a 35-34 lead with 10:23 left in the game on a Tyler Herman to Quez Nesbitt 88-yard touchdown pass.
Tyler came right back and was able to regain the lead at 41-35 less than three minutes later when Tevon Muse hit Parker on an 11-yard TD pass.
But GMC wasn’t finished and took the lead again with 7:04 remaining with Herman hitting Dominique Taylor on a 50-yard catch-and-run for a TD to put the Bulldogs back ahead at 42-41.
GMC had gone up 7-0 less than two minutes into the game when Taylor caught a 38-yard scoring pass from Herman.
But Tyler came back to tie it at 7-7 when Fua Sapoi hauled in a 9-yard pass from Sederian Copeland with 8:52 remaining in the opening quarter.
Tyler went ahead 14-7 late in the quarter when Parker caught his first of two TD passes on a 19-yard strike from Copeland.
But GMC came right back to knot it at 14-14 when Julian Williams scored on a 26-yard run with 13:39 left in the second quarter.
Tyler would score the next 17 points, including a 5-yard TD run from Bennett and a 27-yard field goal from Ljundrim Kaba to close out the first half and send the Apaches to the locker rooms with a 24-14 lead.
After Bennett caught a 28-yard TD pass from Muse with 10:59 to open the second half that gave Tyler a 31-14 lead, GMC began its comeback.
Herman threw TD passes to Williams for 20 yards, Dieonte Bryant for 18 yards and the 88-yarder to Nesbitt that eventually put GMC up 35-34 and set up the exciting finish in the final 10 minutes.
Herman finished with five TD passes, including three to Taylor.TJC travels to Corsicana on Saturday to meet Navarro at Tiger Stadium. Kickoff is 3 p.m.
GMC plays host to Atlanta Sports Academy the same day at 1 p.m.
The Bulldogs finished No. 2 in the nation last year.
TYLER JUNIOR COLLEGE 47,
GEORGIA MILITARY COLLEGE 42
TJC 14 10 7 16 — 47
GMC 7 7 7 21 — 42
GMC — Dominique Taylor 38 pass from Tyler Herman (Nicholas St. Germain kick), 13:35
TJC — Fua Sapoi 9 pass from Sederian Copeland (Ljundrim Kaba kick), 8:52
TJC — Ryan Parker 19 pass from Copeland (Kaba kick), 2:41
GMC — Julian Williams 26 run (St. Germain kick), 13:39
TJC — Chaston Bennett 5 run (Kaba kick), 8:03
TJC — FG Kaba 27, 1:17
TJC — Bennett 28 pass from Tevon Muse (Kaba kick) ,10:59
GMC — Taylor 20 pass from Herman (St. Germain kick), 8:52
TJC — FG Kaba 23, 1:56
GMC — Dieonte Bryant 18 pass from Herman (St. Germain kick) 12:18
GMC — Quez Nesbitt 88 pass from Herman (St. Germain) 10:23
TJC — Parker 11 pass from Muse (Kaba kick) 7:55
GMC — Taylor 50 pass from Herman (St. Germain kick) 7:04
TJC — Bennett 11 run (pass failed) 4:48