MIAMI — Northeastern Oklahoma A&M hopes to put on a good show for the alums when the Golden Norsemen mark homecoming by hosting Tyler (Texas) Junior College Saturday, Oct. 13 at Red Robertson Field.
A pep rally is scheduled for Friday night and a variety of activities are set for Saturday, including the Outstanding Alumni Banquet at noon in the Calcagno Family Ballroom and a parade around the campus at 4 p.m.
Coronation ceremonies will be at the half of the 6 p.m. game.
The Norsemen slipped from eighth to 13th in the NJCAA rankings after suffering a 56-28 loss to Blinn College last Saturday in Brenham, Texas.
Both of NEO’s losses have come on the road.
It also dropped a 31-24 decision at Kilgore (Texas) College on Sept. 22.
No. 22 Tyler — 4-2 overall and 3-1 in the Southwest Junior College Football Conference — was idle last week.
In its last action, Sept. 29, the Apaches picked up its fourth straight win Sept. 29 with a 38-14 win at home against New Mexico Military Institute.
Tyler’s lone conference loss was 38-31 against Blinn.
The Apaches also fell to Kilgore 42-10 in a non-conference game the first week of the season.
Tyler’s other wins were against Trinity Valley, 37-24; Navarro, 59-41, and Texas A&T, 70-0.
Tyler led 20-0 at the half against NMMI and pulled away with a pair of third-quarter touchdowns.
It cranked out 508 yards in total offense, with 362 of that coming via the run.
K’Vonte Jackson, who previously played for Texas A&T, had 166 yards and one touchdown for the Apaches.
Tyler’s defense limited NMMI to 185 yards in total offense and 64 yards rushing.
Jackson is Tyler’s rush leader with 427 yards and seven touchdowns in only four games.
He broke into the lineup in Week 3 after another running back was injured.
Despite record-setting performances by quarterback Clayton Sims, the Norsemen grabbed an early 7-0 lead but faltered.
It was 28-14 at the half, and then Blinn pulled away with a pair of third-quarter TDs.
Thanks to 476 passing yards, the Norsemen finished with a season-best 517 yards in total offense.
Sims completed 32 of 57 passes for 420 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions.
Guy Myers also was 3-of-4 for 56 yards and a score.
Sims’ 57 attempts set a new NEO record for most passes in a game.
Kaelin Woods launched 51 against Cisco in 2007.
His 32 completions bested the old mark of 24 set by Bubba Dudley in 1967 against Cameron Junior College.
The 476 total yards broke the record of 411 set in that 1967 game against Cameron.
On the season, Sims has completed 100 of his 192 pass attempts for 1,245 yards and seven touchdowns.
He’s on target for a top 10 finish in the NEO record book for most yards in a season.
Darran Williams and Carl Garman are the leading rushers for the Golden Norsemen with 581 and 396 yards, respectively.
Each has scored five touchdowns.