Texas College drops season finale, but plenty of optimism for future

Published on Saturday, 11 November 2017 21:50 - Written by PHIL HICKS, phicks@tylerpaper.com

It was not the season - win-wise - that first-year Texas College coach Charles Moss wanted, but there were definitely signs of improvement for the Steers’ football team.

Despite a season-ending 41-3 loss to Lyon College on Saturday, the Steers and Moss are optimistic about 2018.

Titus Nelson scored four touchdowns as the Scots defeated the Steers in a Central States Football League game before about 600 fans at Christus Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium.

The Steers conclude their season at 1-9 overall and 1-7 in league play. Lyon, of Batesville, Arkansas, improves to 5-6 and 3-5.

Nelson scored on runs of 3, 31, 2 and 5 yards.

The only score for TC came on a 33-yard field goal from Markese Denmon.

The Scots totaled 414 yards with the Steers gaining 146.

Jason Parker, a freshman from Carrollton, and Terrell Williams, a senior from Dallas, had interceptions for the Steers.

Before the game, veterans were honored. The fans observed two minutes to honor the sacrifice of veterans.

TC honored seniors as well - offensive lineman Julian Cage-Gipson (6-0, 348, Houston), linebacker Dennis Cooper (5-11, 231, Kansas City, Missouri), running back Jude St. Julian (5-7, 189, St. Martinsville, Louisiana), tight end Gregory Medford (5-11, 200, Mesquite), wide receiver Ofentse Mmadira (5-5, 132, Houston), quarterback Sean Stell (6-0, 240, Fresno, California) and defensive back Terrell Williams (6-0, 178, Dallas).

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Lyon College 41,

Texas College 3

Lyon 14 17 0 10 - 41

TC 0 0 0 3 - 3

First Quarter

LC-Titus Nelson 3 run (Ignacio Gomez kick), 10:13.

LC-Nelson 31 run (Gomez kick), 4:18.

Second Quarter

LC-Nelson 2 run (Gomez kick), 13:32.

LC-FG Gomez 43, 8:35.

LC-Jacquez Parker 17 pass from Cody Jones (Gomez kick), 3:42.

Fourth Quarter

LC-Nelson 5 run (Gomez kick), 7:51.

TC-FG Markese Demon 33, 5:23.

LC-FG Gomez 44, 1:31.

EST. ATT. -600.

LC TC

First Downs 22 7

Rushes-Yards 40-143 29-86

Passing Yards 261 60

Comp.-Att.-Int. 14-26-2 12-19-0

Punts-Avg. 2-45.5 8-30.3

Fumbles-Lost 1-0 0-0

Penalties-Yards 6-45 8-65

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING-LYON, Nelson 23-86, Abel 8-41, Buenrostro 7-25, Parker 1-(-2), Jones 1-(-7). TC, Robinson 7-30, Demon 7-25, Mosby 9-24, Stell 2-7, St. Julian 2-6, Williams 2-(-6) .

PASSING-LYON, Jones 14-26-2 261 yards. TC, Robinson 7-9-2 31 yards, Stell 4-7-0 20 yards, Robinson 1-3-0 9 yards.

RECEIVING-LYON, Parker 5-100, Abel 4-82, Buenrostro 2-29, Webb 2-11, Sanger 1-39. TC, Davis 3-20, Hill 3-(-10), Medford 2-29, Harris 2-15, Coleman 1-5, Black-Lark 1-1.