BRENHAM, Texas - With just three games remaining in the regular season, the Blinn College Buccaneers remain on a mission to recapture the lead in the Southwest Junior College Football Conference.
Coach Brad Franchione's sixth-ranked Buccaneers host the Northeastern A&M Golden Norsemen, Saturday at 3 p.m., as part of homecoming activities at Leon Spencer Field.
After being ranked No. 1 in the nation during the preseason and the first three weeks of the regular season, Blinn fell out of the top spot following a 20-17 triple overtime loss Sept. 27 to Kilgore College.
Last weekend, Blinn cruised to a 56-20 victory over Trinity Valley in Athens, Texas, to stand 3-1 in the SWJCFC and 5-1 overall.
Saturday's game marked the second consecutive week the Bucs have scored over 50 points in a game.
Blinn still has a chance to earn a share of the conference championship.
The Bucs play at Cisco on Oct. 25 before closing out the regular season by hosting No. 1-ranked Navarro College on Nov. 2.
Last season the Buccaneers finished tied for second in the conference with a 4-2 record and 7-3 overall. Blinn suffered a 28-9 loss to Navarro in the first round of the playoffs.
Since the start of the series in 1995 with the Golden Norsemen, Blinn holds a slim 8-6 lead.
Last year the Bucs cruised to a 41-14 win at Robertson Field as quarterback Terrance Cain riddled the NEO secondary by completing 25 of 39 passes for 262 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Squaring off at Robertson Field for the 2005 homecoming contest, the 2nd ranked Buccaneers sustained a 43-28 loss to the 20th rated Norsemen.
“Blinn runs the spread formation better than any team in our conference,” Golden Norse head coach Rob Green said. “They have three sophomore weapons that make their offense very proficient.”
Averaging 393.8 yards per game on offense, the Buccaneers rank 10th in the nation.
Centerpiece of the Blinn offense is veteran quarterback Terrance Cain (6-1, 192 of Houston, Texas).
Cain leads the SWJCFC in passing efficiency with a 144.4 average and is 11th nationally in total offense with a 246-yard average per game.
Cain ranks third in the nation in passing by completing 107 of 157 passes for 1,412 yards and 11 touchdowns with six interceptions. He has also added 64 yards rushing with one TD.
Complimenting the Buccaneers aerial attack has been the play of sophomore wide receivers Justin Jordan and Dexter Ransom.
Jordan (5-11, 190 of Plano, Texas) leads the SWJCFC with 28 receptions for 337 yards and three touchdowns. In the win over Trinity Valley, Jordan accounted for 170 all-purpose yards which included 46 rushing yards.
Ransom (6-5, 212 of Sequin, Texas) caught six passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns in the win over the Cardinals. He has made 14 receptions for 289 yards and four TDs.
While Blinn appears to rely on a wide open passing attack, the success of their offense remains grounded in a solid running game.
Sophomore tailback Reginald Brown (5-9, 213 of Humble, Texas) ranks 10th in the nation in rushing with 755 yards on 100 carries with four touchdowns. Brown also has five receptions for 44 yards and three TDs.
Freshman Mike Hayes (5-9, 188 of East Bernard, Texas) has contributed 450 yards on 68 carries with four TDs. He also has three receptions for 43 yards and one touchdown.
Blinn's defense held the Cardinals to 47 yards on the ground and 164 yards of total offense. The Buccaneers rank fourth in the nation by allowing an average of 199.8 total yards per game.
Sophomore defensive end Jared Price (5-10, 215 of Dallas, Texas) leads the SWJCFC with nine quarterback sacks. Price has accumulated 31 total tackles.
Veterans defensive end Travis Stephens and linebacker Vernon Brooks have contributed 3.5 quarterback sacks each. Stephens (6-3, 253 of Houston, Texas) has made 21 total tackles while Brooks (6-0, 228 of Missouri City, Texas) has recorded 22 total tackles.
Freshmen defensive backs Cassius Bradley (5-10, 188 of Caldwell, Texas) leads Blinn with 34 total tackles while Byron Landor (6-1, 208 of Lake Charles, La.) has made 33 total tackles.
“Defensively, they feature the most active team from sideline to sideline that we've faced all season,” Green said. “They use their team speed to swarm to the football.”