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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.

NMMI Sports Press

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.

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.

NMMI Sports Press

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.

Broncos scare #2 Kilgore College in return to Wool Bowl

Interception by Bronco defensive back Dalton Bowles in the first half of play against the second-ranked Kilgore College Rangers. NMMI trailed 13-6 at the half.

NMMI Sports Press

The New Mexico Military Institute Bronco football team gave the #2 Kilgore College Rangers a scare at the Wool Bowl on Saturday with the Rangers winning the game 35-26.

Kilgore got the scoring started on a one-yard touchdown run for a 7-0 lead with 8:26 left in the first quarter. NMMI kicker Roland Tyson answered the touchdown with two field goals. The first was hit from 30 yards with 2:15 left in the first quarter and the other one from 35 yards to make the score 7-6 with 11:36 left in the half. Kilgore would get a touchdown in the closing seconds of the first half to head into the locker room leading 13-6.

NMMI scored first in the second half on a pass from Brylon Grice to Kevon Purnell from 17 yards out for a 13-13 tie game with 4:18 left in the third quarter. On the ensuing drive, Kilgore would find their way into the end zone to go back up 20-13 with 36 seconds on the scoreboard.

Grice got his second passing touchdown of the night completing a pass to Taylin Nalls for a 24-yard touchdown. NMMI went for two but could not convert leaving Kilgore with a 20-19 lead with 9:05 left in the game. The last Bronco score was a Bronte Griffin reception from Grice to make the score 28-26 Kilgore with 3:18 to go. The Rangers scored a touchdown with 50 seconds left to cap off the Ranger victory 35-26.

Head Bronco football coach Joe Forchtner was disappointed with the lose he was pleased with the improvement of his team this week.

Forchtner said, “Compared to last week’s team tonight’s was a night and day difference. If we keep improving like we did this week and handle what we need to handle I think we will be pretty good. We are still trying to figure out what we are good at right now and I think it took us into the second half of the third game to figure that out.”

The Broncos next game will be in Colorado Springs, CO against Air Force Prep on Friday Sept. 13th at 1 PM MDT. The next Bronco football game at the Wool Bowl will not be until Sept. 28th with Tyler Junior College heading into Roswell. Kickoff for the home game will be at 7:00 PM MDT.

Broncos get victory against Mustangs

NMMI Sports Press

The New Mexico Military Institute Bronco football team defeated the Maricopa Mustangs 47-3 at Mountain View High School in Glendale, AZ on Saturday.

The Broncos started the scoring off of a Nathan Giles interception at midfield. Giles returned the interception to the Maricopa seven yard line. Fred Jackson did the rest of the work on three straight carries to give the broncos a 7-0 lead.

The Mustangs answered back on the next drive for a 35-yard field goal to make the game 7-3.

NMMI was forced to punt on their next offensive series, but a great hustle play on the punt by the Bronco special teams unit pinned the Mustangs to their own two yard line. The Broncos defense was able to capitalize and get a safety on the next play to increase their lead, 9-3.

After the ensuing kick from the safety, quarterback Ephriam Tuliiloa connected with wide-out Bronte Griffin for a 51-yard touchdown, making it a 16-3 game.

NMMI’s next possession resulted in yet another TD, this time grinding out a  13-play, 95-yard drive, with the score coming from a one-yard QB keeper from Tuliiloa to go ahead at the half 23-3.

NMMI would score 24 more points in the second half, including three rushing touchdowns, with the Bronco defense holding the Mustangs scoreless, to take a 47-3 final victory. The field goal came on a 32–yard try from placekicker Roland Tyson with 13:20 left on the clock in the third quarter.

Fred Jackson led the way rushing with 16 carries and 133 yards, collecting two touchdowns. Ephriam Tuliiloa completed six passes for 100 yards and a touchdown to lead the Broncos in the passing department.

NMMI posted 344 total rushing yards and 473 total yards on offense. The Broncos were also efficient on third down, converting 50% (7-14) of the time.

Defensively the Broncos had three interceptions, one fumble recovery, and two sacks on the game, while holding Maricopa to just 134 total yards, of which more than a third of which came on a 55-yard pass, which eventually set up the ‘Stang field goal.

Head Bronco football coach Joe Forchtner was pleased with his team after the game.

“I thought our effort was really good on both sides of the ball,” said Forchtner. “I didn’t think we had any lack of effort. We had a lot of fun on the field today.”

Forchtner also gave extra credit the guys up front on the defensive side of the ball.

“The D-Line did a great job stopping the run,” said the head coach. “That gave us situations where we could just turn the guys loose and it changes everything when you can just get pressure with your D-Line.”

The Broncos’ next game will be in Athens, TX as they will face Trinity Valley Community College at 5 PM CDT.

NMMI Bronco Football 2019 Kids Summer Camp

New Mexico Military Institute Bronco Football is hosting its 7th annual 3 day Bronco Football Kids Summer Camp. We would like to invite you to sign up for our kids camp this year. If you have kids or grandkids and are looking for a camp to keep them busy this summer, sign them up today or before July 6th for a discounted price and have them come out to Stapp parade field this summer (July 8th to July 10th) to participate in our kids camp. Specified position drills, teaching and fun football activities will be demonstrated by our coaching staff. It will be a great time for the youth. If you know of anyone that would be interested please let them know as well. Lunch will be provided and a lot of popsicles will be handed out during water break. We hope to see you there!

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