TVCC rides defense to 27-8 win over NEO

Cardinals improve to 3-0 in conference with win.

The TVCC Cardinals shake hands with veterans and first responders before Saturday night’s game at Bruce Field. The game was Patriot’s Day and veterans and first responders got in free.

By Michael V. Hannigan

The TVCC Cardinals improved to 3-0 on the year by beating North Eastern Oklahoma A&M Saturday night, 27-8.

All of the Cardinals’ wins are in conference.

The defense led the way for the Cardinals, shutting out the Norsemen through three quarters.

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Hornets get tripped up by Fairfield, 45-25

By Michael V. Hannigan

FAIRFIELD — Three Athens turnovers helped fuel a 28-point explosion in the second half for Fairfield Friday night as the Eagles beat the Hornets, 45-25.

The Hornets fall to 2-1 on the year with the loss while Fairfield moves to 3-0.

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TVCC Cardinals edge TJC, 18-14

Cardinal defense leads the way in low scoring game.

TVCC Coach Sherard Poteete keeps a watchful eye on his players before the start of Saturday night’s win over TJC.

By Michael V. Hannigan

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.

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Athens Hornets run past Rusk, 28-16

A power running attack and stifling defense lead Athens to win.

By Michael V. Hannigan

That was a punch in the mouth.

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.

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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.

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