The eighth-ranked Cardinals made the most of a 12.5-hour trip to Roswell, NM over the weekend, returning with a 56-29 SWJCFC victory against New Mexico Military Institute.
Now 5-1 overall and 3-1 in conference, the Cardinals get the week off to prepare for No. 4 and unbeaten Tyler on Saturday, Oct. 14 at Bruce Field. Game time is 3 p.m.
The Cardinals built at 29-9 halftime lead in Saturday's win and was up 42-16 early in the fourth quarter before NMMI came storming back. The Broncos (2-3, 0-3) pulled within 42-29 with 8:50 left only to see the Cardinals tack on a couple more scores to seal the win.
The Cardinals amassed 642 yards of offense, paced by the 130-yard, two-touchdown rushing performance of Khalil Banks. Banks averaged 10.8 yards per carry on 12 carries.
Peytton Pickett added 72 yards and a touchdown to the ground effort.
Quarterback Jaylon Henderson completed 15-of-27 passes for 235 yards and three touchdowns. Henderson also ran for 55 yards on 10 carries.
Angel Sevier booted a pair of 32-yard field goals.
Elsewhere in the SWJCFC, it was: Tyler 34, Blinn 22; NEO 42, Kilgore 14 and Navarro 71, Arkansas Baptist 6. Cisco was open.