Trinity Valley enters the title game averaging 656.3 yards and 60.4 points per game. Tyler is close behind at 548.4 yards and 58.9 points an outing. The teams are ranked 1-2 in scoring in the NJCAA.
Trinity Valley 55, Kilgore 35
With starting quarterback Kyle Postma out with an injury, Air Force transfer Jerod Evans tied a school record with seven passing touchdowns in the NJCAA No. 3-ranked Trinity Valley's 20-point win over Kilgore in one SWJCFC semifinal.
Pressed into duty after Postma was injured in the regular-season finale against Tyler, Evans completed 23 of 32 passes for 311 yards and added 86 yards rushing and another TD on only 11 carries.
Kilgore ends its season at 8-2 and Trinity Valley (10-0) will host Tyler (8-2) in the SWJCFC championship at Bruce Field on Saturday.
The Rangers were victimized by three turnovers, all of which Trinity Valley turned into points.
TVCC kicker Leo Peralta supplemented the Cardinal scoring with a pair of field goals. Kilgore kicker Luis Sanchez also had two field goals, the longest from 43 yards.
Kilgore quarterbacks Averion Hurts and Javelle Allen were under constant pressure from Trinity Valley's pass rush, completing a combined 31 of 52 passes for 301 yards and an interception by Cardinal linebacker Cortney Finney. Defensive lineman Trey August, who had not recorded a tackle until the ninth game of the season, had two sacks and recovered a pair of fumbles for the Trinity Valley. Former Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year Devonte Fields boosted his sack total for the season to 5.5 and added a season-high seven tackles.
Tyler 70, Navarro 52
Two weeks after Navarro defeated Tyler 58-45 at home, the Apaches turned the tables on the Bulldogs by putting up impressive rushing numbers in the second half en route to a commanding 70-52 victory.
Tyler running back Chaston Bennett had only two carries in the first half, but the Apaches turned to the sophomore for the majority of its offense in the final two periods. Bennett rushed for 223 yards and four touchdowns in the second half as the Apaches snapped Navarro's five-game win streak.
Tyler (8-2) passed the ball only five times in the second half, but it didn't need to put it in the air thanks to a punishing ground attach that accumulated 378 yards and averaged 12.6 yards per carry.
The Apaches, who did not turn over the ball after committing five miscues in the first meeting with the Bulldogs, outscored Navarro 35-20 in the fourth quarter to earn a trip to the championship game.
Navarro, which concluded its season at 7-3, picked up 267 yards on 30 carries from sophomore running back Ke'Aun Kinner, who also scored on runs of 78, 9 and 22 yards. Kinner rushed for 164 yards in the first half as Navarro built a 24-21 lead. Kinner leads the NJCAA with 1,686 yards and has scored 22 touchdowns, one less than Bennett, who has 1,283 yards on the ground through 10 games.