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Cisco upsets KC; big game Saturday

Rangers host NE Oklahoma A&M in important conference game Saturday at 7 p.m.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a story on Kilgore College’s loss at Cisco last Saturday. For a KC-Northeast Oklahoma A&M preview, see Game Time Weekly inside today, or online on the bottom of the front page at kilgorenewsherald.com.

Kilgore College had a good, but not good enough, performance last Saturday at Cisco, and as a result, Saturday’s home game against Northeast Oklahoma A&M now means a lot more.

The Rangers fell to Cisco, 34-27, scoring late to get within a touchdown, but failing to recover an onside kick. KC drops to 2-2 on the season, but 1-2 in Southwest Junior College Football Conference play. To make the conference playoffs, the Rangers need to be in the top four in the standings the last week of the season – but KC has most of its difficult games ahead, including NEO here on Saturday, a road game at Blinn, and home games against Trinity Valley and Tyler.

KC had a great passing game against Cisco, with Aaron “Poppy” Brown going 16-of-27 for 284 yards, two touchdowns and just one interception. Receiver Kevin Jones, formerly of West Rusk, had another huge game: seven catches for 164 yards and two scores. And DeAndre Rachal caught that late touchdown pass with just under a minute left from Dakota Michaels to give the Rangers hope.

But the running game, which was so strong against New Mexico Military, yielded only 25 yards against Cisco. De’Montre Tuggle had 30 yards rushing on eight carries, but three Rangers had negative yardage. As a team, KC only had 23 total carries.

Cisco built a 17-6 lead early, only to see KC jump back in front, 20-17, by halftime. But Cisco quarterback Jordan Kitna was solid, 23-of-35 for 290 yards, a touchdown and an interception (by KC’s Kaleb Ford-Dement). The Rangers had three turnovers: two fumbles and an interception. And they allowed five sacks.

Saturday's opponent, NEO, is ranked fourth in the nation, and 3-0. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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