KC holds off New Mexico Military Institute amidst 30-minute delay
In a not so dry setting Saturday night at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium, the KC Rangers held on to defeat the visiting New Mexico Military Institute Broncos 21-19. With this victory, the Rangers improve 2-1 overall (1-1 in conference) and clinch their first win in SWJCFC action. The Broncos fall to 1-2 overall (0-2 in conference).
Due to lighting strikes near the stadium, the contest was delayed for 30 minutes. Following the delay, the
Rangers and Broncos battled it out in the wet conditions.
After a hard fought first quarter in which both teams came up empty handed on points, lightning struck both
teams. NMMI said hello to the scoreboard first as their quarterback drove into the end zone from one yard out,
and took the early 7-0 lead.
De’Montre Tuggle, a high school teammate of current Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts, answered back on
KC’s next offensive drives and scored both times on runs of one-yard and 13-yards. Benjamin Peralez, a Kilgore native, booted the PATs in. The Rangers entered halftime with the lead 14-7.
Tuggle extended KC’s lead even more as he found the end zone again on a 28-yard run early into the third
quarter. Peralez made the extra point, and the Rangers went up 21-7. Tuggle finished the contest with 125 yards
rushing on 19 carries.
Later in the quarter, the Broncos found the end zone once more and cut their deficit to seven points as KC still led 21-14.
During the fourth quarter, NMMI settled for a field goal to trail by three points as they were still behind the
Rangers 21-17. With time running out, the Bronco offense marched down the field, but KC’s Morgan Vest
intercepted the pass and turned the ball over back to the Rangers. Utilizing the remaining seconds of the game, the Rangers knelt down to run out the clock, but were forced to punt. In an effort to run out the last few seconds, punter Fernando Serrano took a safety while killing seconds off the clock. Consequently, there was still two seconds left on
the clock. In desperation, the Bronco return unit pulled some tricks out of the hat and began a series of laterals reminiscent of the 2015 Miami-Duke game, but came up short as the last pitch man was stopped at midfield ending the contest.
KC returns to action Saturday as they take a trip west to Cisco College. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.