CLOSE CALL: No. 12 Blinn edges No. 9 Cardinals

CLOSE CALL: No. 12 Blinn edges No. 9 Cardinals

The ninth-ranked Cardinals came up short Saturday night in Brenham, falling 10-6 to 12th-ranked Blinn College in a Southwest Junior College Football Conference contest at Cub Stadium.

In suffering their first loss, the Cardinals dropped to 3-1 on the year. They are also 3-1 in SWJCFC action. Blinn improved to 4-1 and 2-1.

The Cardinals are scheduled to begin a four-game homestand Saturday against Cisco (3-1, 1-1). Game time at Bruce Field is 7 p.m.

In Saturday's other games involving SWJCFC teams, it was: Navarro 51, Cisco 37; Kilgore 28, NEO 21 and Tyler 45, Texas A&T 7 (non-conference).

Eddie Godina accounted for all six points against Blinn, booting field goals of 51 and 46 yards.

The score was tied 3-3 at the half.

The Cardinals turned the ball over four times, three of which were in the red zone (inside the 20).

The game ended when Blinn turned the Cardinals away in the closing seconds on two downs inside the five-yard line.

Cordrick Dun led the Cardinal ground game with 95 yards on 16 carries.

Cobe Craft, who took over at quarterback when starter Riley Russell left the game with an injury, completed 13-of-24 passes for 112 yards. He was picked off once. He also rushed for 38 yards.

Jacob Berry and Race Moser led another sterling defensive effort with 11 tackles each. Deterious Bryant and Joren Dickey had six each.

In addition to Saturday's TVCC-Cisco game, NEO is at Navarro, Tyler is at NMMI and Texas A&T is at Kilgore in a non-conference game.