A 42-point second half helped Kilgore (Texas) College rout Northeastern A&M 70-31 Saturday afternoon.
The points were the most in an NEO game since the 1993 Mineral Water Bowl in Excelsior Springs, Mo., where the Norsemen claimed a 52-50 victory over Butler (Kan.) Community College.
The win nailed down the Southwest Junior College Football Conference championship for the Rangers, who are now 6-0 in the league and 7-1 overall.
NEO slipped to 1-4 in league play and 4-4 overall. The Norse try to break a four-game losing streak Saturday when they host Tyler in a 2 p.m. contest.
Kilgore had led only 28-21 at the half and the Norsemen had a chance to get even closer, but a 51-yard field goal by Jeremy Knott went wide left.
NEO finally did tie the score in the third quarter on a 52-yard run by Bo Bowling. The eight-play, 74-yard drive got off to a wacky start as the teams had offsetting 15-yard penalties and then the Rangers were hit with a 15-yard penalty to move the ball to the NEO 34.
Knott's PAT kick created a 28-28 deadlock.
But a 75-yard runback of the ensuing kickoff by Kendrick Johnston and Martin Vazquez's extra-point staked the hosts to a 35-28 advantage.
About three minutes later, Jamall Skipper returned a Kaelin Woods' interception 42 yards for another score.
NEO's final points came with 14:46 left in the game on a 23-yard field goal by Knott. The Norse were without Bowling and Woods at various points in the drive after both were injured - Bowling twisting an ankle while Woods was shaken up on a tackle.