KILGORE — The Kilgore College Rangers are no longer satisfied with simply defeating teams. Total destruction now seems to be the norm, and that trend continued on Saturday in the Southwest Junior College Football Conference Championship game at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium.
Kilgore used a punishing ground attack, another touchdown from its defense and a couple of special teams gems to roll past Northeastern Oklahoma, 62-19, to give the Rangers their first SWJCFC championship since 2004.
The Rangers, who have outscored opponents by a combined 309-119 during a current seven-game winning streak, improve to 9-2 on the season and will now await word on a probable bowl game invitation.
NEO drops to 8-3 with the loss.
Kilgore, led by quarterback Quez Allen’s 23 carries for 226 yards and two touchdowns, finished with 473 rushing yards on 57 attempts. Allen also passed for 86 yards and a touchdown, and KC finished with 559 total yards.
De’Montre Tuggle added 137 yards and two rushing touchdowns on nine carries for KC, and Scooter Adams and Carlos Frank also scored rushing touchdowns for the Rangers.
Defensively, KC got interceptions from Kaleb Ford-Dement and Jon Alexander and three sacks, while Brian Holloway turned in a hat trick of mayhem by recovering three fumbles.
Ford-Dement set the tone early for Kilgore, making a good read on a short pass by NEO quarterback Guy Myers, stepping in front of the receiver and racing 75 yards with the interception to put the Rangers on the board four minutes into the contest.
It marked the fourth straight game for KC with a defensive touchdown.
Six minutes later Tuggle capped a 7-play, 85-yard drive with a 15-yard touchdown run to put the Rangers on top 14-0, and Jose Goite booted a 19-yard field goal on the first play of the second quarter to extend the lead to 17-0.
NEO moved 62 yards in 11 plays to get on the board when Myers dived in from the 1-yard line, but the Rangers scored the next 24 points to turn things into a blowout.
Allen raced 10-yards for a touchdown with 9:06 left in the second quarter, and Goite later nailed a 40-yard field goal before the Rangers closed out the half with a 30-yard touchdown pass from Allen to Omar Manning to push the lead to 34-6 at halftime.
KC, which won the opening toss and deferred to the second half, took the opening possession after the break and drove 88 yards in 15 plays — eating up 5:30 of game clock — to make it a 41-6 contest.
Allen scored on a 15-yard run, which was only fitting since he accounted for 86 of the 88 yards on the drive with 72 rushing yards and a 14-yard pass completion.
A Myers 29-yard touchdown pass to Chris Potts late in the third pulled NEO to within 41-13, but KC got a 70-yard TD run by Tuggle and short touchdown runs from Adams and Frank to complete the rout.