One might say in Kilgore College’s visit to Roswell, New Mexico last week was an out-of-this-world experience – just not for the home team.
KC’s Rangers won their 11th straight game in a winning streak that dates back almost a calendar year, escaping New Mexico Military Institute with a 35-26 victory over another Southwest Junior College Football Conference opponent.
The Rangers are 3-0 this season, 2-0 in conference play, and kept their national number two ranking in the NJCAA’s top 20 poll, although they now share it with Butler (Kan.). Hutchinson (Kan.) is number one.
KC has another home game Saturday – the Rangers host Cisco – and then there’s another long road trip on Sept. 21, this one to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M.
Last week in Roswell, it was backup quarterback Cade Pearson giving the Rangers an early 7-0 lead on a 1-yard touchdown run. The Broncos scored a couple of field goals by Roland Tyson (from 30 and 35 yards out, respectively) to cut it to 7-6.
KC quarterback Jacob Frazier found Gabe Douglas for a 26-yard touchdown, but the extra point was blocked. That would allow NMMI to tie it at 13 later on a 17-yard pass from Braylon Grice to Kevon Purnell.
The track meet continued. Frazier scored on a 1-yard keeper for a 20-13 lead, and then the Broncos scored on a 24-yard touchdown, but missed the extra point, down 20-19.
Earnest Crownover snagged a pass from Frazier that he scored on from 14 yards out, and that gave KC the lead for good. NMMI scored with 3:18 left to get within two points (28-26), but Omar Manning put the game away for KC with a 5-yard touchdown with 50 seconds left.