TVCC pounds Pima 57-3 in Battle in the Valley opener

A Pima player tries to find some running room against the stingy TVCC defense Saturday afternoon.

FACEBOOK GAMEDAY GALLERY: Trinity Valley Cardinals 57, Pima Aztecs 3

ATHENS, Texas – The ‘Battle in the Valley’ wasn’t much of a battle.

The Southwest Junior College Football Conference’s Trinity Valley Community College Cardinals breezed to a 57-3 win over the Western States Football League’s Pima Aztecs in a rainy NJCAA season opener at the renovated Bruce Field in Athens, Texas.

TVCC quarterback Shelton Eppler had a hand in six of the Cardinals’ touchdowns including a first half in which he accounted for five – three through the air and two more on the ground. Thanks to Eppler, the Cardinals had pretty much put the game out of reach at 33-3 heading into halftime.

Just to be sure, Khalil Banks returned the opening kick of the second half 86 yards for another score to make it 40-3.

The win allowed TVCC to pull even in the annual Battle in the Valley series at 3-3. The Cardinals head straight into SWJCFC play Saturday with a road date at Navarro while Pima will try to straighten things out with a home date against Soul Patrol.

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