Things sometimes have a way of working out. And they did last weekend for Kilgore College football.
The Rangers did what they needed to do, scoring a monumental 28-21 road win at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M on Saturday, and got a favor from Blinn, who upset Trinity Valley. As a result, even after losing to Cisco the week before, KC is back atop the Southwest Junior College Football Conference standings, and gets a break from conference play this Saturday. They’ll host Texas A&T at 5 p.m., KC’s annual hall of fame game.
Inductees will be honored at a luncheon Saturday, and introduced at halftime.
KC, up to number seven in the NJCAA’s latest top 20 poll after dropping to 10th following the Cisco loss, had a task last weekend. NEO is tough at home, and it’s a long road trip to Miami, Okla.
But the Rangers got a not-great but efficient day from their quarterbacks, a good defensive performance, and a solid special teams effort to get the win.
KC scored seven points in each of the four quarters. Receiver Omar Manning had five catches, two of them for touchdowns, for 100 yards, exactly. Da’Shawn Williams had three catches for 43 yards, as well.
Quarterbacks Jacob Frazier and Cade Pearson both played. Frazier went 12-of-18 for 178 yards and one of the scores to Manning, and also threw an interception. Pearson went 5-of-8 for 24 yards, the other TD to Manning and ran for 67 yards on nine carries and a touchdown of his own.
Chauncey Martin led KC in rushing with 85 yards; Scooter Adams added 63.
Luis Reyes was on his game. Reyes went 4-for-4 in extra points, and punted three times, two of them landing inside the 20-yard-line and averaged 43 yards a punt.
Defensively, Jabari James and Quinton Sharkey each had an interception, and Jadrian Taylor led the way with nine total tackles. KC had no sacks, but did have four tackles for loss.
As mentioned, KC is ranked seventh, the highest-ranked SWJCFC team, although Blinn, a future opponent, is ranked eighth. Trinity Valley fell to 13th.
The nation’s two top teams – Kansas programs Hutchinson and Butler – meet this weekend in Hutchinson.