KILGORE – Demolition and construction is underway inside RE St. John Memorial Stadium to prepare for major upgrades for the 2022 football season.
The same could be said for on-field activities on Saturday as the Kilgore College Rangers wrapped up spring football training with the Blue/White Spring Game.
The Blues team (defence) overcame a slow start to claim a 72-57 win over the Whites (attack), using a scoring system that awarded points in multiple ways for each side of the ball.
“I’ve seen guys on defense fly to the ball and be stingy against the run,” the KC head coach said. “On offense, we had seven or eight explosive plays in about 45 or 50 snaps. With a functioning offensive line, that’s about all you’ll get.”
The defense could accumulate points by scoring touchdowns, forcing turnovers, forcing a three and out, blocking a field goal, a field goal missed by the offense, stopping a drive, sack or tackle for loss or a failed conversion by attack. .
Offensive points were awarded for touchdowns, field goals, a rush over 10 yards, a pass over 15 yards, a first down, a PAT conversion, or a 2-point conversion.
“We didn’t turn the ball over, but we had way too many negative plays on offense,” Gooden said.
The offense struck first, opening with a 16-yard completion from L’Ravien Elia to Nazavien Floyd, and two plays later Elia ran for 43 yards for a touchdown.
The defense took control of several possessions afterwards.
Kaden Kenney had a sack on the next practice, and Joseph Cadette registered a defensive point loss tackle to force a 50-yard field goal attempt by Kolby King, who split the uprights.
On the next series, Tiago Sumbo and Vincent Paige had tackles for loss.
A 28-yard run by Kendal Taylor on the next drive gave attacking points, but Jephaniah Lister had a TFL and Malakhi Kellough recorded a sack on back-to-back plays to force a 31-yard field goal attempt that was missed car park. .
King later missed from 48 and 52 yards but hammered in a 41 yard to end the scrimmage.
The offense got touchdown passes from Elia to Ken’Daylon Wilson for 46 yards and from Elia to Floyd for 69 yards.
Kenney had two tackles for the loss. Asher Foster, Eli Caruthers, Kadarion Johnson, Derick Mourning, Derek Burns, Oscar Moore and Mike Jones all recorded tackles for loss, and Caruthers also recorded a sack for Rangers in defense.
REMARKS: Kilgore will open the season at home Sept. 13 vs. Tyler…other home games are scheduled for Sept. 17 vs. New Mexico Military Institute, Oct. 1 vs. Cisco, Oct. 15 vs. Rezolution Prep and Nov. 1 . 5 vs. Blinn … Away games are Sept. 10 at Northeastern Oklahoma, Sept. 24 at Navarro, Oct. 22 at Trinity Valley and Oct. 29 at Tyler.