Unable to generate any consistent offense, Northeastern A&M's Golden Norsemen dropped a 34-0 decision to Kilgore College Saturday during homecoming at Robertson Field.
With the loss coach Rob Green's Golden Norse (2-6) are 2-4 in the Southwest Junior College Football Conference.
Coach J.J. Eckert's defending conference champions solidified a hold on third place in the conference with a 4-2 record and a 5-3 overall mark.
The Golden Norse conclude the regular season at 2 p.m. Saturday against Tyler Junior College at historic Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium.
The Apaches dropped a 48-27 decision to Trinity Valley on Saturday and are 2-4 in the SWJCFC and 3-5 on the season.
After NEO freshman placekicker had his 52-yard field goal attempt bounce off the crossbar with 8:23 left in the first quarter, the Golden Norsemen were never able to mount another scoring threat in the first half against Kilgore.
The Rangers consumed more than four minutes on their next possession by covering 64 yards in eight plays for their first score.
Backup quarterback Lane Johnson connected on passes of 13 yards to tight end Woody McClendon and 19 yards to Cortez Smith to ignited the drive.
Sophomore wide receiver Kendrick Jonson eluded the Golden Norse secondary to catch an 18-yard touchdown pass from Lane Johnson with 3:58 remaining in the first quarter. The extra point by Eric Willis sailed wide left for a 6-0 Rangers lead.
Golden Norse starting quarterback Trey Munden had two of his three interceptions returned for touchdowns. Munden completed 11 of 25 passes for 155 yards before giving way to Corey Conley and Daniel Walker in the fourth quarter.
Munden's first interception was returned by sophomore linebacker L.T. Gaston for a 35-yard TD with 10:56 left in the second quarter. Johnson lobbed a two-point conversion pass to Smith giving the Rangers a 14-0 lead at halftime.
During the first half the Golden Norse managed only 15 yards rushing on 23 carries while Munden completed 6 of 12 passes for 91 yards.
NEO's defense limited the Rangers to only 10 yards rushing on 17 carries while allowing 129 yards passing in the first 30 minutes.
The ineptness of both offenses carried over during a scoreless third quarter.
Kilgore increased their lead to 21-0 in the first four minutes of the fourth quarter on a set of bizarre circumstances.
Golden Norse defensive back Jarrod Fields intercepted a Lane Johnson pass deep in the endzone. Fields decides to bring the ball out instead of take the touchback.
While running out to the 27-yard line, Fields dropped the ball and Kilgore running back Donielle Hall regained possession for the Rangers.
Moving to quarterback as a replacement for Lane Johnson, Kendrick Johnson scored on an 8-yard run after a 27-yard, four-play drive. The point-after by Willis came with 10:53 remaining in the game.
Another Munden interception resulted in a 43-yard touchdown return by cornerback Jimmy Anderson with 5:42 showing on the clock. Willis kicked the extra point for a 28-0 cushion.
Displaying his versatility, Kendrick Johnson returned a punt 41 yards to set the Rangers up at the NEO 43-yard line.
After carrying the ball three times for 42 yards, Hill scored on a 1-yard plunge with 2:29 left in the game. The two-point conversion run by Lane Johnson was stuffed.
Sophomore tailback Cardell Clemens rushed for 89 yards on 25 carries, but the NEO ground game suffered seven tackles behind the line of scrimmage for minus-49 yards.
Not only did Munden throw three interceptions, but he was sacked four times for minus-33 yards.
Hill rushed for 106 yards on 19 carries which included 76 yards on eight carries in the second half.
Sophomore cornerback Jeff Johnson led the NEO defense with eight unassisted tackles, six assists along with one interception return for 31 yards and four pass deflections.
Veteran defensive tackle Jason Fitch contributed 10 solo tackles, four assists and two quarterback sacks for minus-11 yards. Fitch also made a tackle behind the line of scrimmage for minus-2 yards.