KC comes up short against NMMI in first round playoff

KILGORE, TX -- The No. 3 Kilgore College Rangers' season ended quite abruptly as the  New Mexico Military Institute Broncos picked up a fumbled ball and ran it back 75-yards for a touchdown with 1:21 left in the game to ensure a 20-10 victory and a trip to the Southwest Junior College Football Conference title game.

Tied at 7 points at halftime, NMMI scored with 9:46 left in the third quarter, but missed the extra point to make the score 13-7.

KC answered with a 20-yard field goal by Luis Reyes to get within three points, 13-10, with 10:30 left in the game.

With 1:44 left in the contest facing fourth down and 13 yards, QB Jacob Frazier connected with Earnest Crownover to convert a clutch first down to keep hope alive.

That was followed by another nice pass to Chris Shaw and a rush by Frazier to get to the NMMI 20 yard line with 1:21 left in the game.

On the next play, KC fumbled the ball, which was picked up by the Broncos for a 75-yard score to end KC's season.

The Rangers finish the season at 8-2 overall and 6-1 in SWJCFC play in coach Willie Gooden's first season.

In other SWJCFC action, No. 3 seed Navarro College scored with 20 seconds left to defeat No. 2 seed Trinity Valley Community College.

NMMI will travel Nov. 9 to Corsicana to play TVCC for the SWJCFC championship.