On a night when the offense sputtered, TVCC’s defense rose to the occasion and led the Cardinals to an 18-14 win over Tyler Junior College at Bruce Field Saturday night.
The win puts the Cards at 2-0 in the conference while TJC falls to 1-2.
The Cardinal defense held the Apaches to just 59 yards and 4 first downs in the second half, stepping up in difficult situations over and over to shut down TJC. TVCC forced four turnovers in the second half and five for the game.
The Athens Hornets (2-0) used a power running game and a stifling defense to muscle past Rusk (0-2) Friday night, 28-16.
The Hornets salted away the win with a grinding 13-play, 95-yard scoring drive that spanned the third and fourth quarters and ate 9:38 off the clock. All but 24 yards of the drive came on the ground as Athens pounded the middle of the Rusk defense all game long.
The drive ended when Chase Friedrich hit Dre Thompson with a 20-yard TD pass.
The rest of Athens’ points came courtesy of Nathan Sims who racked up 179 yards on 26 carries and scored three touchdowns on runs of 20, 18 and 13 yards.