WAXAHACHIE — Texas College assembled together promising drives, only to see turnovers put the brakes on their winning chances.
Southwestern Assemblies of God created three turnovers in the red zone and defeated Texas College 24-13 in the regular season finale Saturday at Lumpkins Stadium.
TC wrapped up the season 2-8, more victories than the previous two years combined. SAGU finished the year 4-6 while evening the all-time series with the TC 3-3.
The Steers matched the Lions with two touchdowns, both coming on passes by Johnny Thomas, a converted senior wideout forced into action with injuries to junior Vincent McNeil and freshman Milton Harper.
The Lions led 15-0 after the first quarter thanks to TD runs by Landry Martinez (8 yards) and Cade Leuschner (36).
Thomas directed TC past midfield on eight possessions, four ending on turnovers and another on a missed field goal. Thomas (6-4, 190, Sr., New Orleans) went 12 for 23 for 107 yards and rushed for a team-high 72 yards,
Thomas rolled out the pocket and hit Kevan Hall for an 11-yard TD to make it a one-score game (15-7) early in the second quarter.
The Steers came close to pulling even on two occasions, only to lose a fumble at the Lions 11 and follow up with an interception in the end zone on the ensuring series.
TC fumbled at the SAGU 11 in the third quarter. TC ended the game with four giveaways, overshadowing an improved offensive showing (20 first downs) after getting shutout the previous contest.
In the meantime, SAGU kicker James Gish booted three fields goals (27, 23, 23) to give the Lions a 24-7 cushion.
Thomas hooked up with Ryan Mitchell for a 4-yard TD toss late for the final margin.
Southwestern Assemblies of God 24, Texas College 13
At Lumpkins Stadium
Texas College 0 7 0 6 — 13
SW Assemblies 15 3 3 3 — 24
SAGU—Landry Martinez 8 run (James Gish kick), 9:40
SAGU—Cade Leuschner 36 run (Nic Morphew run), 3:39
TC—Kevan Hall 11 pass from Johnny Thomas (Houston Creighton kick), 14:53
SAGU—FG Gish 27, 0:12
SAGU—FG Gish 33, 10:13
SAGU—FG Gish 23, 12:54
TC—Ryan Mitchell 4 pass from Johnny Thomas (kick blocked), 2:43
EST. ATT. —500.
First Downs 20 16
Rushes-Yards 54-155 41-157
Passing Yards 107 150
Comp.-Att.-Int. 12-23-1 11-25-1
Punts-Avg. 3-26.0 2-40.0
Fumbles-Lost 5-3 1-0
Penalties-Yards 3-38 5-43
RUSHING—Texas College, Johnny Thomas 15-72, Charles Jackson 9-22 Eric Moore 9-22, Marques Thompson 7-18, Taylor Gray 3-9, Akedio Sharp 5-7, Kevan Hall 2-3, Ja’Marius Allen 4-2. Southwestern Assemblies of God, Landry Martinez 19-66, Reid Golson 16-45, Cade Leuschner 4-43, Sean Haynes 1-2, Jeremy McDonald 1-1.
PASSING—Texas College, Thomas 12-22-1—107, Aaron Washington 0-1-0—0. Southwestern Assemblies of God, Golson 11-25-1—150.
RECEIVING—Texas College, Hall 5-46, Allen 4-21, Jamaal Johnson 2-36, Ryan Mitchell 1-4. Southwestern Assemblies of God, Dylan Moore 3-30, McDonald 2-37, Trevor McKinley 2-31, Martinez 2-25, Haynes 1-26, Craig Campbell 1-1.