CISCO, Texas - A 6-yard touchdown run by tailback Cardell Clemens carried the Northeastern A&M Golden Norsemen to a 28-22 victory in overtime Saturday afternoon over the Cisco College Wranglers at Chesley Field.
While winning their second consecutive Southwest Junior College Football Conference game, coach Rob Green's Golden Norse are 2-1 in the conference and 2-3 overall. The loss dropped the Wranglers to 0-3 in the conference and 1-4 on the season.
After the game ended tied 22-22 in regulation, the Golden Norsemen won the toss to start play at the Cisco 25-yard line.
Two key scrambles by freshman quarterback Trey Munden (6-1, 205 of Verdigris) of 8 and 11 yards set up the game-winning run by Clemens (6-0, 200 of Glenpool).
“Our defense really came up big in overtime,” NEO defensive coordinator Travis Rhatigan said. “We did a great job of shutting down their running game and they didn't make connection on two key pass plays.”
After the score by Clemens, the Wranglers took over at the NEO 25-yard line.
Wranglers quarterback Alijawon White was tackled for no gain on first down.
After White was sacked for minus-3 yards by NEO linebacker Robert Spann on second down, he overthrew wide out Jonathan Craig on third down.
White scrambled out of the pocket on fourth down and lofted a pass in the direction of wide out V'Keon Lacey at the 1-yard line.
The pass was tipped by NEO defensive backs Isreal Escoe and Jernois Bradberry and fell incomplete to end the game.
Both teams scored late in the fourth quarter to create the overtime period.
Freshman wide out Taylor Antle (6-4, 190 of Foyil) hauled in a 7-yard touchdown pass from Munden with 1:31 remaining in the game to give NEO a brief 21-19 lead.
Matt Berrey's extra point produced a three-point Norse lead.
Antle eluded Cisco safety Jaamal Washington to grab the touchdown pass from Munden.
The Wranglers responded by covering 54 yards in three plays before placekicker Thomas Rebold hit a 35-yard field goal with eight seconds remaining in regulation play.
Next Saturday the Golden Norsemen return to Robertson Field for a 3 p.m. showdown with No. 1 ranked Navarro College.