August 9, 2005 at 5:54 PM CDT - Updated July 26 at 5:40 PM
The Tyler Junior College Apaches enter the football season ranked fourth in the country, according to the NJCAA's preseason poll. However, with two of their first three games against top twenty programs, new coach Jamie Critchlow doesn't want to focus on anything except his first opponent.
"That ranking's simply a number to us right now," Critchlow says. "It doesn't mean anything until you get out there and prove it on the field."
The Apaches start the season August 27th, with a 7 p.m. game against Navarro at Chapel Hill High School. Tickets will be $3, and all Chapel Hill ISD students will be admitted for free.
After a road game at #15 ranked Trinity Valley, Tyler opens the season at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium with a September 10th game against #13 Kilgore College. The Apaches are also home the next Saturday night, with their Southwest Junior College Football Conference opener against Cisco.
Following a rematch on the road at Navarro, the Apaches host Blinn College at 3 p.m. on October 1st. The next two weeks see the Apaches renew their oldest football rivalries again, with a road game at Kilgore College, followed by Homecoming weekend against Trinity Valley. That game is scheduled for a special 1 p.m. start time on October 22nd.
Tyler finishes the regular season October 29th at Northeastern Oklahoma, with the conference playoffs beginning the next week.
Season tickets for all four home games are available at the TJC Athletic Offices at Wagstaff Gymnasium for $20. These tickets do not include the opening game at Chapel Hill, all tickets there will be sold at the gate as general admission.
Tyler Junior College students are admitted free to home games with a student ID. Individual tickets to all home games are $5 for reserved seating, and $3 for general admission. For more information, call 903-510-2458.