KILGORE, TX -- The Kilgore College offense just couldn't get going. And when it did, either penalties or costly mistakes gave the advantage to the Cisco College Wranglers.
The Wranglers came into Kilgore at 0-4 in conference play with nothing to lose and played the entire game like it, resulting in a 20-12 win over the KC Rangers.
Cisco scored first with 6:35 left in the first quarter on a 45-yard touchdown pass. Kilgore answered in the second quarter with a 37-yard field goal by kicker Troy Duran.
J'Marcus Rhodes got this third interception of the season with 4:18 left in the second quarter, but the KC offense couldn't produce any points on the ensuing possession.
Going into halftime down 7-3, the Rangers scored quickly -- 41 seconds into the second half -- to go ahead of Cisco with a 21-yard run by Martinez Syria to make the score 10-7.
On the next possession, Cisco was picked off by Jerrell Sykes -- his sixth interception on the season.
Kilgore got the ball back but threw a 33-yard pick-six interception for a touchdown to Cisco's Chris Gordon.
KC blocked the ensuing extra point and KC's J'Marcus Rhodes ran the blocked kick back 70 yards for two points to make the score Cisco 13 and KC 12 with about 9 minutes left in the third quarter.
Unfortunately, those would be the final points KC would put up on the board.
At the end of the third quarter, Cisco intercepted another Ranger pass, took over possession, and scored on a 32-yard touchdown pass with 4:16 left in the game to complete its scoring.
With the win, Cisco improves to 2-4 overall and 1-4 in conference play. The Rangers drop to 3-4 overall and 1-3 in conference play.
The Rangers travel to Brenham next Saturday, Oct. 17, to face Blinn College.
PHOTO ABOVE: Garrett Barton, sophomore WR from New Diana, tries to escape a Cisco defender. Photo by Jon Vashey/KC.