From staff reports
CISCO, Texas — Cardell Clemons’ 6-yard touchdown run in overtime lifted Northeastern Oklahoma A&M; past Cisco 28-22 in the Southwest Junior College Football Conference on Saturday at Chesley Field.
NEO improved to 2-3 overall and 2-1 in the SWJCFC entering next Saturday’s 3 p.m. home game against No. 1-ranked Navarro.
The Wranglers, who forced the overtime at 22-22 with a 35-yard field goal by Thomas Rebold with eight seconds left, fell to 1-4 and 0-3.
Rob Green’s Golden Norsemen, in the overtime, won the coin toss to open play at the Cisco 25-yard line.
Quarterback Trey Munden scrambled for gains of 8 and 11 yards to set up Clemons’ winning score.
Cisco quarterback Alijawon White, following Clemens’ TD, was stopped for no gain on first down.
White then was sacked for a 3-yard loss by linebacker Robert Spann. White then overthrew his receiver on third down.
White scrambled out of the pocket on fourth down and lofted a pass in the direction of wideout V’Keon Lacey at the 1. The pass was tipped by NEO defensive backs Israel Escoe and Jernois Bradberry and fell incomplete to end the game.
Said NEO defensive coordinator Travis Rhatigan: “Our defense really came up big in overtime. We did a great job of shutting down their running game and they didn’t make connection on the two pass plays.”
Each team scored late in the fourth period to forge the overtime.
Munden and Taylor Antle hooked up for a 7-yard scoring pass with 1:31 left to give NEO a 21-19 lead and Matt Berrey kicked the extra point.
Antle, freshman from Foyil, eluded safety Jaamal Washington to grab the scoring pass.
But the Wranglers responded by covering 54 yards in three plays to set up the tying field goal by Rebold.
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