TYLER, Texas — The Tyler Junior College defense accounted for 16 points as the Apaches notched a 26-17 victory over Northeastern Oklahoma A&M here Saturday, Oct. 12.

Linebacker Derrick McClendon returned a Tanner Griffin pass 40 yards in the first quarter, then Chris Sanders sprinted 65 yards with a Griffin interception late in the fourth quarter.

The Apaches also got a safety at 12:33 of the third when Griffin was sacked in the end zone after bobbling a snap twice.

The loss was the fourth in seven games for NEO, three coming on the road.

A 25-yard field goal by Aaron Main with 73 seconds remaining narrowed the Tyler lead to six, but the Norse were unable to pull off an onside kick.

The Apaches went up 10-0 in the first quarter on a 33-yard field goal and the first pick-6.

NEO got on the board with a 20-yard pass from Griffin to Chris Potts with 11:20 until halftime, then Main nailed a 33-yard field goal to tie the game at 10-10.

The Norse took their first lead of the night when Griffin teamed with EJ Smoot with a 39-yard strike to cap a 95-yard drive with 1:59 left in the third quarter.

Tyler scored the final 15 points of the game in the span of just over 11 minutes.

The Golden Norsemen play their final two regular season games at home: Oct. 19 against New Mexico Military and Oct 26 against Cisco College.