TJC gets past New Mexico Military Institute


The Apaches took their road show out of state and received rave reviews on Saturday.

McLane Carter threw for six touchdown passes and Nate Jones returned an interception for a score as No. 10 Tyler Junior College scored a 64-42 victory over No. 14 New Mexico Military Institute at Colt Field in Roswell, New Mexico.

TJC (5-2, 4-2 Southwest Junior College Football Conference) improved to 3-0 on the road as the Apaches’ only two losses have been at home.

Tyler will try to make it 4-0 next Saturday when the Tribe travels to meet rival Kilgore College (4-3, 3-3) at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is 3 p.m.

The Broncos fell to 5-3 overall and 3-3 in league play. NMMI travels to Corsicana next Saturday to meet Navarro.

Carter, the freshman from Gilmer, connected on 30 of 48 pass attempts for 570 yards.

Savon Rollison was the star receiver once again for the Apaches as the former Dallas Skyline standout hauled in 13 receptions for 220 yards and three TDs. His touchdown catches were for 65, 35 and 37 yards.

Carter’s other TD tosses were to JT Smith (49), CJ Thomas (61) and John Murray (38).

Carter was also the Apaches’ leading ground gainer with 77 yards on five attempts, including a 54-yard dash.

Lindale freshman Jordan Lawless booted field goals of 41, 22 and 30 yards. He was 7 of 7 on PATs.

The Broncos were led by quarterback Jordan Ta’amu who connected on 24 of 49 passing attempts for 455 yards and two TDs.

His favorite target was Bryndan McCoy who had seven catches for 107 yards, while Sedarius Young had four receptions for 202 yards and a TD.

The Apaches’ defense was led by Michael Epley, Tyler Hayes and X’Zavier Preston, who each had seven tackles.

Epley, the transfer from SMU, had a sack for a minus 12 and four tackles for losses of 20 yards.

Others with sacks were Tr← Crawford, Jacques Guillott, Kullen Prono Davis and Logo Kaleopa.

Davis also had three tackles for losses of 25 yards.

Jones added the 38-yard interception return for an Apache TD, while Brandon Johnson also had an interception.

SMOKE SIGNALS: In other SWJCFC games, Trinity Valley defeated Kilgore 52-40; Northeastern Oklahoma A&M won over Arkansas Baptist 74-6; and Navarro downed Cisco 65-7.


No. 10 Tyler Junior College 64,

No. 14 New Mexico Military 42

Tyler 7 17 16 24 - 64

NMMI 0 14 7 21 - 42

First Quarter

TJC-JT Smith 49 pass from McLane Carter (Jordan Lawless kick), 2:44.

Second Quarter

NMMI-Jalen Jackson 47 run (Nicholas Litang kick), 11:53.

TJC-CJ Thomas 61 pass from Carter (Lawless kick), 2:44.

TJC-Savon Rollison 65 pass from Carter (Lawless kick), 2:29.

NMMI-Jarvis Scott 57 run (Litang kick),:56.

TJC-FG Lawless 41, :04.

Third Quarter

TJC-FG Lawless 22, 8 :18.

NMMI-Scott 1 run (Litang kick), 5:51.

TJC-Smith 3 run (pass failed), 4:16.

TJC-Rollison 35 pass from Carter (Lawless kick), 2:25.

Fourth Quarter

NMMI-Cameron Saunders 42 pass from Jordan Ta’amu (Litang kick), 14:50.

TJC-Rollison 37 pass from Carter (Lawless kick), 12:12.

NMMI-Jackson 2 run (Litang kick), 10:15.

TJC-John Murray 38 pass from Carter (Lawless kick), 9:02.

NMMI-Sedarius Young 85 pass from Ta’amu (Litang kick), 8:34.

TJC-FG Lawless 30, 2 :53.

TJC-Nate Jones 38 reception return (Lawless kick), 1:30.


First Downs 28 26

Rushes-Yards 32-160 50-170

Passing Yards 570 455

Comp.-Att.-Int. 30-48-1 24-49-2

Punts-Avg. 5-38.0 7-34.1

Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0

Penalties-Yards 12-131 10-67

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