By Michael V. Hannigan
BRENHAM — The Cardinals came up inches short of being undefeated Saturday night.
After committing all the turnovers. After losing yet another quarterback to injury. After watching the referees take away what looked like a key interception by the Cardinal defense. And after Murphy wreaked havoc on their game plan, the Cardinals still had a chance to beat Blinn on the road Saturday night.
They had first and goal at the 5 and then had two shots from inside the one yard line with less than a minute left, but could not punch it in and Blinn escaped with a 10-6 win over TVCC.
But for a moment, fans and players alike thought the Cards were about to pull off a stunner.
To even get to that position took a massive effort, particularly from the defense. The Cardinals held a team that has averaged 49 points per game this year to just 10 points.
And when the Cardinals lined up at their own 20 with 4:58 left in the game down four points, the offense hadn’t even generated 100 yards for the entire half yet.
Individual effort sustained the drive, however. Cordrick Dunn had carried the load all night (107 yards on 20 carries) and he did in the final drive as well. He had two runs of 9 yards and two runs of 7 to help power the Cards in the final moments.
Another huge play was made by Deshon Moreaux, who took Cobe Craft’s pass and broke several tackles to convert a 4th and 10.
Later in the drive, Craft, who was playing in place of the injured Riley Russell, audibled out of a run when he saw the Buccaneers prepared to blitz up the middle and hit Hayward Clay on an 18-yard slant that set up the goal-to-go situation.
TVCC had to overcome its own errors throughout the game. The Cardinals turned the ball over four times, twice on interceptions and twice on fumbles. All four turnovers happened in Blinn territory and three were inside the Buccaneer 5.
Eddie Godina provided all the scoring for TVCC with field goals of 46 and 51 yards, and both would have been good from farther out.
The Cardinals will be home next Saturday to take on Cisco for Family Day. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.