Rangers seek redemption

JEREMY GARZA
Staff Writer

After traveling more than 1,600 miles over the course of three weeks, KC finally gets to stay home and cater to the fans this weekend when Southeast Prep team from Houston visits R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium for a 3 p.m. Homecoming contest on Saturday.

KC is coming off its first loss of the season, falling 42-24 to Northeastern Oklahoma, and the Rangers will attempt to rebound against a Southeast Prep (0-7) team that dropped a 70-7 decision to Navarro last week.

NEO 42, KC 24

MIAMI, Okla. – KC’s dreams of an undefeated season came to an end as the Rangers finished up a three-game road trip with a 42-24 loss to Northeastern Oklahoma.

KC jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter when the defense came up with an interception that eventually set up tailback Courtland Smith’s 7-yard touchdown run.

Yovany Arvizu’s extra point gave the Rangers a 7-0 lead.

NEO’s defense capitalized on a fumble recovery on the KC 14-yard line, using a 2-yard touchdown run to tie the score, 7-7.

KC took a 17-7 lead on a touchdown run by quarterback Tanner Tausch and an Arvizu field goal, but NEO rallied to take the lead at halftime on an 11-yard touchdown run by Kameron Doolittle and a 28-yard touchdown pass with less than a minute remaining until halftime.

NEO took full control of the game in the second half, outscoring KC, 21-7.

The Rangers turned the ball over five times in the game and allowed the Golden Norsemen a total of 426 rushing yards.

KC 28, BLINN 27

BRENHAM – In a nail-biting, last-second finish, KC defeated the Blinn College Buccaneers, 28-27, on Oct. 6.

The Rangers trailed 27-7 heading into the fourth quarter, but erased the 20-point deficit and capped it off with a touchdown in the final seconds.

“They’ll fight the fight and believe that good things will happen if you prepare the correct way,” head coach J.J. Eckert said. “I believe the mood and focus was off a little going into the game. We can’t take anything for granted.”

With 9:37 left in the game, Blinn called a reverse that backfired when quarterback Garry Kimble fumbled the handoff and KC linebacker Charles Woods picked up the ball and ran it back for a 70-yard touchdown, making it 27-14.

“Finally after Charles scores on the 70-yard fumble return, we started to play better on offense,” said Eckert.

On the following drive, KC forced a Blinn punt from midfield. Thanks to a strong wind and a penalty, KC started its next drive at its own 49-yard line with 7:38 remaining.

On a third-down play, Tausch found wide receiver Ed’Marques Batties for a TD that cut the Blinn lead to 27-21.

KC forced another punt on Blinn’s next drive, and this time the Rangers went into the two-minute mark.

The Rangers eventually made their way to the 6-yard line with 10 seconds left on the clock and no time outs remaining. Both quarterbacks helped on the drive, but it was Emory Miller who kept it on the final play and scored the game-winner for a 28-27 Ranger victory.

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