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Broncos fall to Bulldogs at the Wool Bowl

Freshman wide-out Taylin Nalls made the catch, but couldn’t get a foot down before the back of the end-zone on this pass attempt in the first half from freshman quarterback Zareq Brown. Photo courtesy of Laura Brown.

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The New Mexico Military Institute Bronco Football [3-4, 1-4] team fell to the Navarro Bulldogs [4-4, 3-3] 47-10 at the Wool Bowl on Saturday afternoon.

After the Bulldogs built a 9-0 lead, the Broncos collected a 24yard field goal just after the ten-minute mark in the first quarter to put the game within one score.

NMMI’s next score wouldn’t come until late in the second when sophomore running back Fred Jackson took it to the outside on a seven-yard TD scamper with 4:18 left, making it a 26-10 game in favor of Navarro at the end of the half.

In the second half, however, Navarro scored 21 unanswered points, putting the game out of reach.  

The Bronco rushing attack ran for a team total of 167 yards: Jackson led the Institute with 66 rushing yards on 11 attempts, while Canadian sophomore Patrick Charles ran for 48 yards on 13 carries.

Zareq Brown got his first start of the season for NMMI and went 10-28 passing for 90 yards. His top target was Diego Miranda: four receptions for 48 yards, followed by Chaney Hardt who hauled in two receptions for 22 yards.

Jaren Banks led the defense with 12 total tackles including a sack and 3.5 tackles-for-losses totaling nine yards. The defense had seven tackles for losses on the night for 16 total yards behind the line of scrimmage.

The next game for the Broncos will be on the road in Miami, OK on October 19th vs. Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College at 3:00 PM; their next home game will vs. Blinn College on Oct. 26th at 4:00 PM. This will be the last regular-season game for the Broncos and will be the official homecoming celebration for NMMI cadets, alumni, parents and fans.

Broncos collect win in three sets against Westerners

Gabriela Langi with one of her nine kills on the night. She co-led the team in kills along with Vittoria Price.

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The New Mexico Military Institute Bronco volleyball team defeated the Western Texas College Westerners in three sets (25-11, 25-5, 25-13) in Cahoon Armory Gym on Wednesday.

The Broncos have played each team in the conference and are 5-0 in the first run through teams in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference. They’ll play each one more time before the Region V West postseason tournament.

Vittoria Price and Gabriela Langi led the Bronco offense with nine kills each.  Violeta Mendoza Quintana, Tiffany Gauspohl, and Hula Crisostomo led NMMI with eight digs. Alyssa Lukasik had six blocks to lead the Broncos in that category.

“They did a really good job tonight,” said head Bronco volleyball coach Shelby Forchtner. “In the beginning we made a couple of errors and they cleaned it up throughout the set. The second set, I thought we played really smoothly and the third set we got a bunch of people in and they did exactly what the starters did. It wasn’t a drastic change.”

Next up for the undefeated Broncos, who move to 26-0 on the season, will be a road-trip to play in Council Bluffs, Iowa, to take on three ranked teams in the nation including No. 3 Seward CC.

“We play four really tough teams at the Reiver Festival Tournament this weekend,” said coach Forchtner, who played for Seward during her junior colleges days. “We’ll face the No. 3, No. 7 and No. 18 teams in the nation and another tough team in the Jayhawk Conference. It will be nice for us to go out on the floor against some really good competition.”

“Seward is a little bit like Odessa,” continued Forchtner about the match pitting the third and fourth-ranked teams in the nation in a possible post-season preview of nationals. “They are way more offensive than they are defensive. They are big and they can block. We are better defensively. If we come to play, I think that will be a really great match.”

“Iowa Western has been playing great the last couple of weeks and they have been a top five team nationally throughout the years,” said the NMMI coach with regards to the other top-ten match-up on the slate. “We are really excited to play them.”

“Panola has been in and out of the rankings,” said Forchtner about the 18th-ranked Fillies. “They play in one of the better conferences in the nation and constantly playing really competitive teams. They are a little bit smaller, but really athletic.”

“We are going to go up there and play some really good competition from top to bottom,” concluded the coach.

After Iowa, the Broncos will back at for the second go-around of WJCAC play, hosting Odessa College at 2:00 PM on Saturday, October 19th in the Cahoon Armory gymnasium.

Fifth-ranked Broncos take care of the Chaparrals in conference play

NMMI’s Heleine Filipe (left) and Alyssa Lukasik (right) team up on a block attempt during the Institute’s conference match against Midland College on Monday. Filipe and Lukasik combined for eight assisted blocks against the Chaparrels, helping the fifth-ranked Broncos earn their third conference win and move to 23-0 overall. Photo courtesy of Shutternut.

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The New Mexico Military Institute Bronco volleyball team showed no jet lag from their Florida trip last weekend as they defeated Western Junior College Athletic Conference foe Midland College in three sets (25-9, 25-13, 25-7) on Monday.

The Broncos went 4-0 in the Sunshine State at the St. Johns River State College tournament, keeping their perfect record intact, but after returning on Sunday, NMMI had little time to recuperate prior to their third WJCAC match of the season.

Fan support may have helped the Institute take down the Chaps in straight sets, playing at home in the Cahoon Armory gymnasium in front of a nice-sized crowd, including two local volleyball teams from Dexter High School and Berrendo Middle School. Or, it could have simply been that despite remaining undefeated with 22-0 record prior to Monday’s match, NMMI has been stuck for two weeks straight at the No. 5 slot in the National Junior College Athletic Association’s D1 ranking system.

Regardless of the reason for being fired up, it was big runs of six or more in the beginning of each set that controlled the pace of play for the night. Helping get those runs started was the offensive firepower of freshmen Alyssa Lukasik in the middle and Julia Johnson on the outside – each with seven kills during the match. Two more frosh slapped down solid kill counts with six each: outside hitter Heleine Filipe and middle blocker Vittoria Price.

And, as has been the hallmark of the Bronco team this season, the backcourt defense was almost perfect, with only one reception error, and eight digs each by sophomore Violeta Mendoza Quintana, freshman Tiffinay Gauspohl and the nation’s current leader in total digs, sophomore Hula Crisostomo.  Also impressive on the evening was the Institute’s defense at the net, with seemingly every ball hit by Midland being partially deflected if not blocked altogether. Lukasik led that charge with six blocks assist in the battle above the mesh at mid-court.

Head Bronco volleyball coach Shelby Forchtner was thrilled her team finished the match with the intensity and focus that they did.

“We played three good sets tonight with only four attack errors,” said coach Forchner. “We have been talking a lot about playing hard for the whole match, no matter who was on the other side, and I felt like we did that – from beginning to end – in every set tonight.  We were efficient and effective from the first point, all the way through to the very end.”

Next up for NMMI will be a trio of conference matches: at Frank Phillips College on Wednesday, Oct. 2 @ 6:00 PM CDT; at Clarendon College on Saturday, Oct. 5 @ 2:00 PM CDT; then back home to host Western Texas College on Wednesday, Oct. 9 @ 6:00 PM MDT.

“We just need to take care of business,” said Forchtner about the upcoming conference competitions. “I think all of the teams in our conference, from top to bottom, are better this year. We need stay effective. If we can hit .500 like we did tonight against everyone, it would be a drastic difference in our level of play, because we are always pretty good defenders and on serve receive  – it’s been our offense going up and down, based off who we play. If can be this effective offensively, we’ll be pretty hard to stop.”

Bronco defense holds Apaches to get first conference win

NMMI defensive back Corey Quarterman (46) returns his interception 48 yards for the touchdown early in the first quarter against Tyler Junior College. Helping him lead the way to the end zone was Isaiah Norris (24) who had an interception later in the game.

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The New Mexico Military Institute got their second straight victory on Saturday night defeating the Tyler Junior College Apaches in the Wool Bowl, 20-14, thanks to stellar defensive play.

Corey Quarterman got the scoring started for the Broncos on a pick-six on the very first Apache play from the line of scrimmage. Quarterman followed his blockers for a 48-yard rumble to pay dirt, giving the Broncos a 7-0 lead with 11:24 to go in the first.

That 7-0 lead remained until the waning minutes of the second quarter when Tyler tied the game with exactly one minute left, a one-yard rush by Apache running back Kevon Thompson capping a six-play, 61-yard drive.

The Apaches received the second-half kickoff and returned a short squib kick 45 yards for great starting field position at the NMMI 27. They scored seven plays later to take a 14-7 lead with 11:04 to go in the third.

The Broncos finally again put points on the board in the fourth quarter – a Roland Tyson 45-yard field goal – to shrink the lead to 14-10 at the 13:33 mark.

NMMI then took the lead after the Apaches muffed a punt return, the ensuing fumble covered up by Bronco defensive back Zach Philion inside the TJC 10 yard line. The Broncos needed just one play to punch the ball into the end zone and regain the lead with Fred Jackson scoring from eight yards out; 17-14 NMMI, with 8:10 to go in the game.

Tyson put the last points up in the game, nailing a clutch 47-yard field goal with 1:20 left, to extend NMMI’s led to six, and, after the Bronco defense forced a turnover on downs, the 20-14 victory.

Fred Jackson led the rushing attack, collecting 60 yards on 18 attempts with a touchdown.

NMMI’s defense held Tyler to under 200 total yards of offense on the night. They also forced Tyler to turn the ball over four times with three interceptions and the fumbled punt.

Head Bronco football coach Joe Forchtner was definitely pleased the Broncos were able to earn their first conference win of the season, and especially happy with how his team prepared and played on the defensive side of the ball.

“The defense knew what their jobs were,” said Forchtner. “They did a really good job on knowing where to be and it let them play fast. They have matured a lot over the season. We were in a similar situation earlier in the season where we were in a close game and the opponent scored just before the half. In that game we fell apart in the second half, where here we did not.”

The Broncos next game will be against Cisco College in Cisco, TX on Oct. 5th at 3:00 PM CDT. The next home game for the Broncos will be against Navarro College on Oct. 12th, with kickoff slated for 2:00 PM MDT at the Wool Bowl.

Bronco volleyball moves to 17-0, Price named WJCAC Player of the Week

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The New Mexico Military Institute Bronco volleyball team went 5-0 last the week, keeping their perfect record – now at 17-0 – untarnished.

NMMI picked up their first Western Junior College Athletic Conference win on Wednesday against New Mexico Junior College, needing all five sets to down the Thunderbirds, then collected a quartet of victories at Hutchinson’s Blue Dragon Classic over the weekend, including three-set wins against two nationally-ranked opponents: No. 7 Tyler Junior College and No. 14 Mineral Area College.

The Institute’s other two wins in Hutch came against Missouri State University – West Plains, where they again needed five sets, and Jefferson College in four.

While head Bronco volleyball coach Shelby Forchtner was definitely happy with how her team played overall last week, she still has several concerns, including how her squad competes against teams without as many offensive weapons or defensive abilities.

“When we play good teams, we play out of our minds,” said coach Forchtner. “Every single time that we have played competitive teams that are good at everything, we have played at a really high level. We seem to offensively click better, serve a little bit tougher, play better defense – just very balanced in everything that we do, and it shows statistically. But then when we go face teams that aren’t as good as us defensively or offensively, that maybe only have one or two weapons, we just seems to play at what we’re looking at across the net.”

And again, just like last week, the keyword for the Lady Broncos going forward will be ‘adjust’.

“We just have to be able to adjust better to some of these teams. We did a better job with this – in some situations – at Hutch, but we’ve still got to be able to make minor adjustments during a match,” said Forchtner.

Sophomore libero Hula Crisostomo had another amazing week for the Broncos, who sit currently in at No. 5 in the NJCAA’s D1 rankings for the second straight week. In 20 sets over five matches, Crisostomo dug out 126 opposition attacks, good for a 6.3 digs-per-set average. She also led NMMI in aces, with seven.

The all-around performance of NMMI freshman middle Vittoria Price was another big reason the Bronco volleyball team was able to keep their undefeated record intact. Price had 46 kills in 20 sets with a .376 attack percentage, earning her WJCAC Player of the Week honors. She also hit five aces, had 22 digs, one solo block and 18 block assists.

Sophomore outside hitter Violeta Mendoza Quintana had the highest kill total for NMMI with 47 and second in total digs with 69. Frosh Alyssa Lukasik was close behind with 41 kills while leading the Institute in blocks with three solos and 19 assists. Soph Gabriela Langi also hit the 40 kill tally and double-digits in blocks with one solo and 14 assists.

Next up for NMMI is their second WJCAC match, on the road against another NJCAA-ranked opponent, No. 16 Odessa College. First serve is scheduled for 6:00 PM CDT on Wednesday, Sept. 25.

“They are good,” said Forchtner emphatically about the Wranglers. “They are a very offensive team and we are a very defensive team. They are big across the board with threats coming from every angle of attack. I think we’ll be able to hold our own defensively, like we’ve been doing all season long, but our offense is really going to have to step up, like they did against ranked teams like Snow, Yavapai and Tyler.”

After the mid-week conference tilt, Forchtner and her team fly out to Florida for the Viking Invitational, hosted by St. John’s River State College in Palatka, where they’ll get to compete against four teams from the Sunshine State over the weekend.