KILGORE, TX -- The Kilgore College Rangers were shut out in the second half of play, but scored enough points Oct. 7 in the first half to outlast the New Mexico Military Institute Broncos, 17-15, at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium.
Kilgore evens up its conference record with the win to 2-2 while the Broncos fall to 0-4 in Southwest Junior College Conference play.
NMMI fumbled on its first possession of the game. The fumble gave the ball to the Rangers who scored after a six-play drive with a one-yard quarterback keeper by Jacob Frazier to put KC up 7-0 two minutes into the first quarter.
On the next Bronco possession, KC's Morgan Vest picked off a Bronco pass. The Rangers completed a 34-yard, five play drive to score on a seven-yard run by Demarcus Smith to put KC up 14-0.
KC scored once more before the half with a 41-yard field goal by Jose Goite to make the halftime score 17-0.
The Rangers opened up the second half with offensive miscues and lost yardage resulting in a pass interference penalty from the end zone. The penalty resulted in a safety for the Broncos to make the score 17-2.
On the next possession NMMI quarterback Cody Frampton connected with Raekwon Webb on a 29-yard touchdown pass. The extra point was no good, making the score 17-8 in favor of the Rangers.
With 6:03 left in the game NMMI faked a field goal which was stopped by the KC defense but a roughing the passer penalty was called resulting in a first down for the Broncos. On the next play, NMMI receiver Bryndon McCoy caught a 15-yard touchdown pass to put the Broncos within two points, 17-15.
The NMMI defense forced a KC punt with 3:11 left in the game, but was called for roughing the kicker, giving KC an automatic first down. KC's offense stalled on the possession and the Rangers were forced to punt, giving the Broncos one final chance to score with 2:07 left in the game.
KC defense answered the challenge with Edward Hayes making a sack for a loss to put the Broncos in a third-and-long situation.
On third down, with four seconds left in the game, KC's Qunton Edney slapped the ball out of the NMMI quarterback's hand and Troy Burnett recovered the fumble to preserve the KC victory, 17-15.
Frazier and Jalil Kilpatrick split time at quarterback for KC. Frazier was 12-of-19 for 49 yards passing and 40 yards rushing on 13 carries. Kilpatrick was 2-of-4 for 16 yards. KC's Carlos Frank led KC in rushing with 66 yards on 10 carries. De'Montre Tuggle had 41 yards on four carries.
Kilgore will travel Oct. 14 to play Navarro College in Corsicana.
Thanks to Geoff Gunn, NMMI Sports Information Director, for statistics.