Brenham, TX The Blinn College football team has positioned itself right where it wants to be heading into the final three weeks of the season.
With a 2-1 record in Southwest Junior College Conference (SWJCFC) play, the Buccaneers control their destiny in the conference standings as they look to claim their first conference title since 2011.
“The kids are prepared going into these last three weeks,” coach Ronny Feldman said. “They’ve played well the past few weeks and they’re focused.”
The road to the championship continues at 5 p.m. Saturday as the Bucs (3-3, 2-1) kick off against the Trinity Valley Cardinals at Cub Stadium, located at 1600 E. Tom Green St. It marks the Bucs’ first home game in more than a month. Blinn will don pink wristbands during the game in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The Cardinals are in the same situation as Blinn: they must win out and claim one of the conference’s top seeds heading into the playoffs. And like the Bucs, they’ve been hot in recent weeks.
Trinity Valley (4-2, 3-1) upset then No. 1-ranked Navarro 35-7 at home Sept. 28, snapping the Bulldogs’ 29-game regular-season home winning streak. The Cardinals followed that win with a 44-23 blowout to Northeastern Oklahoma.
“They’re playing really good football,” Feldman said. “They have a lot of firepower on offense.”
That firepower is sparked by sophomore quarterback Ryan Polite, who leads an offense that’s averaging 528 yards per game – 319 of which has been through the air – and 39 points a game. When Polite fires the ball, he’s often searching for freshman Jataveon Green, who’s caught 40 passes for 404 yards, or freshman Jarvis Baxter, who’s pulled in 27 passes for 421 yards.
The Bucs’ game plan is simple: keep the Cardinals offense off the field.
“That’s no secret,” Feldman said. “We need to control the ball and keep it away from them.”
Blinn is coming off a 22-17 win against Kilgore to win its third game in four weeks. The Bucs pounded the Kilgore defense with their rushing attack for 237 yards.
Sophomore running back Klartel Claridy, who ran for 141 yards on 18 attempts, was named the SWJCFC Offensive Player of the Week, and quarterback Garry Kimble and safety Ken Butler each earned conference recognition for their play against Kilgore.
Blinn’s offense will have a tough task against a Cardinal defense has proved stout against the run, allowing an average of 65 yards per game. But, Feldman said, the Bucs have been stellar in executing their rushing attack and the option.
“That seems to be our forte this year,” Feldman said. “The guys have accepted it and they’re really executing it.”
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