Rangers triumphant in Homecoming contest

The Rangers take the field in their Homecoming victory. Photograph by Sara Holmes / THE FLARE
The Rangers take the field in their Homecoming contest against the Oklahoma A&M Golden Norsemen. The Rangers won 43-14. Photograph by Sara Holmes / THE FLARE

The Rangers mauled the Northeast Oklahoma A&M Golden Norsemen 43-13 in their Homecoming contest to move into a tie with Tyler Junior College for second place overall in the conference.

Defense was the best policy early in the game for both teams; neither of the offenses was able to score for more than half of the first quarter. The first score of the game was courtesy of defensive end Ricci Simmons. Simmons intercepted NEO’s quarterback Dezmond Stegall and ran it back 85 yards for the touchdown. Simmons almost lost his footing midfield, but his teammates were there to keep him balanced and he made his way into the end zone. This gave KC a 7-0 lead with 5:22 left in the opening quarter.

Later in the second quarter KC’s offense got on the board when quarterback Javelle Allen found receiver Dequann Ruffin for a 12-yard touchdown pass. KC’s lead increased to 14-0 with 7:45 left in the first half. Just before the half ended Gladewater sophomore Corey Davis punched in a two yard run following a two-point conversion play trick play that had quarterback Averion Hurts pass to kicker Luis Sanchez for the score. That gave KC a 22-0 lead going into the half. KC scored three more times in the second half including two touchdown passes from Hurts to receivers Garrett Barton and Joe Lewis, plus a three-yard touchdown run by Davis. NEO got on the board once in the third quarter and once in the fourth with two touchdown passes from backup quarterback Devin White.

Allen went 8-16 with 110 yards and one touchdown while Hurts went 11-19 with 113 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Davis had 15 carries for 74 yards and to touchdowns while Eddie Smith had six rushes for 56 yards. Barton had 2 catches for 39 yards and one touchdown. KC’s defensive unit gave the entire team a spark just when they needed it. They held one of the conferences’ top rushers, Cameron Booty, to 59 yards on the ground on 18 carries. Booty is. Cornerback J’Marcus Rhodes had one pick while safety Jordan Burton had one fumble recovery after a big hit by the KC defensive line. Cliff Butler, Sherodric Russell, Demontrai Lewis, and Simmons all recorded one sack.