Rangers can't overcome large halftime deficit, lose to GMC

KILGORE, TX -- The No. 11 Kilgore College Rangers just couldn't overcome too many first half mistakes and a 27-point halftime deficit, losing to No. 12-ranked Georgia Military College 42-28 Sept. 5.

GMC scored the first 30 points of the contest before KC got on the board. 

KC gave up four scores (accounting for 23 points) to the Bulldogs in the first quarter -- only two of which were on offensive possessions. One was a 56-yard touchdown return on an interception by GMC's David Mims, a safety and a 35-yard touchdown run by Kawon Brown with 1:34 left in the quarter.

Close to the beginning of the second quarter, GMC's Kam Lott blocked a KC 50-yard field goal attempt, recovered it and ran it back 63 yards for a Bulldog touchdown to make the score 30-0.

The Rangers finally got on the scoreboard when Jerrell Sykes intercepted the first of his two interceptions on the day and ran it back 53 yards for a touchdown to make the score 30-7.

After a GMC score, KC scored again in the third quarter when Cameron Martin rushed for a 12-yard touchdown.  The two-point conversion was no good to make the score 37-13 with 11:16 left in the third quarter.

GMC added three points with a 33-yard field goal with 9:13 left in the third quarter to make the score 40-13.

At six minute mark of the third quarter, Sykes picked up his second interception of the game to give KC the ball at its own 2 yard line.  GMC got a safety on that drive to make the score 42-13.

KC didn't give up, scoring twice more in the game on a 25-yard touchdown pass from Martin to Joe Lewis and on a 19-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Jaylen Fails to Lewis.  Fails completed the two-point conversion by bullying his way into the end zone to make the final score 42-28.

With the loss, the Rangers drop to 1-1 on the season.  GMC improves to 3-0.  The Rangers will play on the road next Saturday, Sept.12, in Santa Fe, Texas, against Texas A&T.

KC's next home game is 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, vs. Trinity Valley Community College.