Kilgore College defense stymies NEO to get needed win, 21-14

MIAMI, Okla. -- Kilgore College desperately needed a Region XIV conference victory against Northeastern Oklahoma A&M after going 0-2 in conference play this season -- and they got just that thanks to a strong defensive effort and impressive game by kicker Troy Duran.

Duran punted 10 times for 415 yards (41.5 average), keeping the NEO offense starting drives with poor field position most of the game.

The best part was that the 21-14 victory was on the road. KC's defense stepped up big time, holding the Norsemen to only 14 points.  The NEO Norsemen have averaged 42 points per game this season.

QB Cameron Martin was 18-of-25 for 109 yards, tossing three touchdowns -- all to Kilgore freshman receiver Jarod Wood.

Running backs Martinez Syria and Damion Collins combined for 39 rushes for 101 yards.

NEO had one last drive late in the game to try to score to tie the game up, but the KC defense held the Norsemen with 1:53 left in the game.  KC took over on downs and preserved the Ranger victory.

With the win, KC improves to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in conference play.

KC will face Cisco College 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, in Kilgore.  This will be the KC Athletics Hall of Fame Game for KC.  

KC Athletics Hall of Fame athletes will be honored at halftime.