MIAMI — Northeastern A&M takes on the role of spoiler when the Golden Norse host Cisco, Saturday, Oct. 26.
While the game is the season finale for the NEO, the Wranglers really need a win to hold hopes of qualifying for the Southwest Junior College Football Conference playoffs.
While No. 5 Kilgore (5-1) and 10th-ranked Trinity Valley (4-2) have the upper hand on playoff berths, Cisco, Navarro and Tyler are all 3-3 in conference play.
Navarro hosts Trinity Valley and Tyler entertains Kilgore Saturday in the other games on the final weekend of the regular season.
The Golden Norse, Blinn and New Mexico Military Institute all are 2-4.
This is the first time in three seasons the Norse have missed post-season play.
In 2017, they claimed their first regular-season conference title since 2003 then beat Trinity Valley 26-10 at Robertson Field in the championship game.
NEO finished second a year ago but fell 62-19 to Kilgore in the final.
This also means it's the first time that it won’t play host in the Midwest Classic Bowl on Dec. 8.
A fourth-quarter meltdown led to the Golden Norse letting a 21-7 halftime lead against New Mexico Military Institute get away and eventually lost 35-21 here last Saturday.
NMMI returned fumbles 22 and 24 yards for touchdowns. The Bronchos sandwiched a safety between the two scoop-and-scores.
The Wranglers (5-3) had a two-game winning streak snapped when Tyler escaped with a 17-0 win last Saturday.
That caused them to drop out of the latest NJCAA poll. They had been 18th.
Cisco had only 237 yards in total offense, including only 55 rushing. It had averaged 430.3 yards per game prior to that.
Greg Garner had 37 rushing yards on 13 carries while Antwone Parker got the call three times and netted 15.
Quarterback Blaine Kruemcke was 19 of 35 for 182 yards. He threw one interception.
Tyler held the Wranglers four times inside the 10 while earning their first SWJCFC shutout since 2001 in a 38-0 romp over Cisco.
Cisco had upset No. 2 Kilgore 38-23 on the road earlier this season.
Quarterback Tanner Griffin’s 1,372 yards passing is fifth best in the SWJCFC.
He has completed 121 of 209 attempts for eight touchdowns. He has been intercepted six times.
Danuel Oscar and Chris Friday are NEO’s leading rushers with 451 and 415 yards, respectively. Each had scored five times.
Six players have caught at least 10 passes for the Norsemen, topped by Adrian Wilson is fourth in the conference with 39 receptions for 528 yards and six TDs.
Chris Potts has five touchdowns and 320 yards on 25 receptions.