ROSWELL, NM -- The Kilgore College Rangers began a bit sluggish, but lived up to their No. 2 national ranking Sept. 7 by defeating the New Mexico Military Institute Broncos, 35-26.
QB Jacob Frazier passed for 216 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. He was also KC's leading rusher with 69 yards.
Running backs Scooter Adams and Earnest Crownover took the bulk of the handoffs, rushing for 106 yards combined on 24 carries.
KC was ahead after the third quarter, 20-13, but NMMI scored with 9 minutes left in the game.
NMMI attempted a two-point conversion for the lead, but it was no good, making the score 20-19.
KC answered with a 15-yard TD pass from Jacob Frazier to Ernest Crownover. The two-point conversion was good, making the score 28-19 with 5:57 left in the game.
NMMI scored again with 3:26 left to get within two points, but KC answered with a rushing touchdown by Omar Manning with 50 seconds left in the game to close it out, 35-26.
KC (3-0, 2-0) returns home Sept. 14 to face Cisco College. Kickoff at the friendly confines of R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium is set for 7 p.m.
KC DEFEATS NAVARRO COLLEGE, 43-33
KILGORE, TX -- It was a matchup with two nationally ranked teams, and it felt like it.
No. 6 Kilgore College hung on Aug. 31 to defeat No. 18 Navarro College, 43-33, to improve to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in Southwest Junior College Football Conference action.
Navarro drops to 0-2 with the defeat after narrowly losing, 33-30, in its season-opener to Georgia Military Academy.
The Rangers started hot on their first drive with two long passes from QB Jacob Frazier to Gabe Douglas, completing an 81-yard drive with a quarterback keeper by Frazier to put KC ahead, 7-0.
On the next possession, KC's Quinton Sharkey intercepted a Navarro pass and advanced to the Ranger 46 yard line.
KC scored again to go ahead, 14-0, on a 35-yard pass from Frazier to Scooter Adams with 7:56 left in the first quarter.
But Navarro quickly caught up, scoring the next two touchdowns, to tie the game up at 14 points with just over 12 minutes left in the first half.
With 8:34 left in the first half, Frazier connected with Kevon Latulas for a 26-yard touchdown pass to go ahead of the Bulldogs, 21-14.
Navarro answered before the half with a 35-yard field goal by Will McDaniel.
On KC's next possession, a muffed punt attempt was recovered by the Bulldogs at the Ranger one yard line.
The KC defense held its own, forcing a 20-yard field goal by McDaniel to make the score 21-20 with 1:42 left in the first half.
KC wasn't done scoring in the first half with Frazier tossing a 26-yard touchdown pass to Omar Manning with 52 seconds left in the half to put the Rangers ahead, 28-20, at halftime.
Opening the second half with the ball, Navarro settled, once again with a 27-yard field goal to get within five points, 28-23.
After a four-and-out by KC, the Ranger defense forced another Bulldog field goal, this time 38 yards, to make the score 28-26 with 10:06 left in the third quarter.
Another botched punt attempt by the Rangers gave the Bulldogs the ball at the 19-yard line.
The Ranger defense held strong once again, forcing a Navarro field goal, which was blocked by Manning and returned to the Navarro 18-yard line.
KC got close to the goal line on three rushes, but the Navarro defense forced a goal line stand on fourth down.
Navarro QB Parker McNeil was injured on the next drive, forcing Qua Gray into action.
On Gray's first play from scrimmage, he threw an interception to Geovonte Howard which set up KC at the Navarro 27 yard line.
After two nice catches by Jackson Pace and Manning, Frazier scored on a one-yard QB-keeper to put the Rangers ahead, 35-26, with 4:29 left in the third quarter.
On the ensuing possession, KC's Jonathan Riley intercepted Gray's pass with 38 seconds left in the third quarter to put the Rangers their own 46-yard line.
KC scored again, this time a 22-yard pass from Frazier to Adams, to put the Rangers ahead, 43-26.
Navarro answered with a 21-yard touchdown pass from Dodge DeLozier to Troy Edwards, Jr, to get within 10 points, 43-33, with 4:56 left in the game, but that was as close as the Bulldogs would get.
KC was able to burn the remainder of the clock with Frazier setting the Rangers up in victory formation.
The Rangers are on the road Saturday, Sept. 7, in Roswell, NM, to face New Mexico Military Academy. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
KC will be back at friendly confines of R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 14, to face Cisco College at 7 p.m.
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PHOTO ABOVE: The Rangers get fired up before entering R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium in Kilgore. Photo by Jamie Maldonado/KC