Saturday’s game a must-win for Buccaneers
Blinn vying for conference’s final playoff spot
It’s do or die for the Blinn College football team Saturday.
A win and the Buccaneers’ hopes of clinching the Southwest Junior College Football Conference’s (SWJCFC) final playoff spot are still alive. A loss means a wrap to the season.
Their playoff fate kicks off at 3 p.m. against the Cisco Wranglers in Cisco. The game will broadcast live on local radio KWHI 1280-AM and www.kwhi.com, with the pregame show beginning at 2:30.
Even with a win Saturday, the Bucs will need some help.
For Blinn to wrap up the final playoff spot, the seventh-ranked Tyler Apaches must defeat Kilgore. With a Tyler win, Kilgore would fall to 3-3 in conference and tie the Bucs if they beat Cisco. Because Blinn won the head-to-head match-up, 22-17, the Bucs would claim the final seed.
Tyler beat Kilgore 56-24 in a Week 2 non-conference game.
The Buccaneers are coming off a 42-28 loss to Navarro in a game that saw their third-quarter comeback fall short. After Blinn tied the game 28-28 at the end of the third quarter, Navarro rallied for 14 fourth-quarter points.
During that third-quarter push, the Blinn offense was able to catch the Navarro offense off-guard with a rushing attack that scored three touchdowns in a span of eight minutes, including a 26-yard Kyle Fulks reverse to start the rally.
Although Blinn has been predominantly a rushing team for much of the season, quarterbacks Garry Kimble and Logan Vinklarek found success through the air. Kimble was 12-of-22 passing for 172 yards, and Vinklarek was 8 of 9 for 95 yards and a touchdown, which came on a 29-yard strike to Darrion Landry in midway through the second quarter.
The Wranglers (2-5, 0-5) are coming off a 21-14 loss to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M last Saturday. The team’s last win came against Southeast Prep, 43-10, on Oct. 5 and its only other came in Week 1 via forfeit by Garden City Community College.