Kilgore College football fans, your Rangers are 2-0.
The Rangers, currently ranked second in the nation (pending the poll later today), made their first road trip of the season on Saturday to Miami, Okla., to face Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, and came away with a 14-13 win. A missed extra point by the Golden Norsemen kept NEO from tying the game in the third quarter.
It’s a Southwest Junior College Football Conference win, as well: this different spring season was originally scheduled, of course, to be played last fall, and in lieu of that (because of COVID-19), it’s a shortened eight-game season, rather than a nine-game campaign.
Coach Willie Gooden’s Rangers are back at home at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium this Saturday for a 3 p.m. kickoff against New Mexico Military Institute, who only joined the conference in football, and just a couple of years ago.
The following week, on Saturday, April 17, KC visits Navarro in Corsicana.
At NEO last Saturday, the Rangers scored both their touchdowns in the first half, and had to play stiff defense to hang on. KC scored a touchdown in each of the first two quarters, and led 14-7 at halftime. The Golden Norsemen added a third-quarter touchdown, but KC shut them out the rest of the game.
The Rangers held NEO to just 204 yards of total offense. NEO wasn’t able to force a turnover: the Rangers threw no interceptions, and the one fumble was recovered by a KC player.
Again, the Rangers only put the ball in the air a handful of times – they had 225 rushing yards.
Chance Amie completed 2-of-6 passes for 42 yards. But he ran for 113 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. Garrison Johnson had 67 yards and another KC touchdown on nine carries. Brandon Webb had 29 yards rushing and Bailee Davenport had 12.
Kenny Pham only kicked two extra points, but hit them both. He averaged 40 yards per punt, though, on eight punts, including a booming 74-yarder.
Defensively, the Rangers had two sacks: one by Charles Hill, a loss of 14 yards, and one by Fred Hill, for a loss of 4. They had three tackles for loss: one by Keith Harris, for a loss of 12, and the other two by Tristan Driggers and Derrick Martin.
Antonio Brooks and Darrien Crawford each had a fumble recovery. Crawford also had three pass break-ups; Brooks had two, and Quinton Sharkey, Charles Hill and Tiji Paul each had one.
Maurice Westmoreland, Devonte Keys, and Marcus Wiser each had two quarterback hurries; Charles Hill, Warren Robinson, and Tavonn Alexander each had one.
When the latest NJCAA poll is released, it’ll be here on the sports section on kilgorenewsherald.com.