Two teams picked to finish in the middle of their respective conferences open the 2007 football season against each other as the Northeastern A&M Golden Norsemen, representing the Southwest Junior College Football Conference, host the Dodge City Community College Conquistadors, members of the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference, at 7 p.m. on Miami's Robertson Field.
Fans are invited to participate in a tailgate party starting at 6 p.m. in the north endzone under the canopy. Cost is $6 per person that includes barbecue sandwiches, potato chips, baked beans, cookies and pop. Tickets will be sold at the northeast gate.
Although the Golden Norsemen have won eight of the nine games played since the series began in 1957, Dodge City received a forfeit in last year's game played at Dodge City's Memorial Stadium. The scoreboard indicated NEO had rallied for a 41-36 victory.
It was determined four weeks into the regular season that the Golden Norse had used an academically ineligible player that resulted in a forfeit.
Sophomore running back Deji Karim led the Norse ground game with 171yards on 13 carries and TD runs of 53 and 43 yards while also returning a kickoff 87 yards.
The series had been on hiatus since 1982 when the Norsemen cruised to a 30-9 victory. The previous year NEO posted a 44-7 win in Dodge City.
A four-year break in the series occurred following a 30-17 victory by the Norsemen in Miami in 1977.
Dodge City snapped a 73-consecutive game winning streak by NEO with a 25-0 shutout over the Golden Norse at Memorial Stadium in 1976.
Coach Rube Berry's 1975 Golden Norsemen gained a 24-7 win over the Conqs at Robertson Field.
NEO closed out the 1974 season with a 42-20 victory in Dodge City.
A 95-yard punt return by Donny Ringgold with less than two minutes left in the game rallied NEO to a 20-18 win over the Conquistadors in 1958.
The series began with the Golden Norsemen posting a 28-13 victory to open the 1957 season.
Norse notes: Season tickets for five Golden Norsemen home football games remain on sale.
Reserved season tickets are $40 per person while a general admission pass is $25. A general admission family pass that includes two adults and three children under the age of 16 is $50.
Tickets purchased at the gate for individual games are $6 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens
Anyone wanting ticket information should contact Kathie Hulsey at 540-6327.