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Bronco football receives big post-season honors

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Karen Boehler
NMMI Sports Press
2016allconf2ndteamIn just their first season playing in the Southwest Junior College Football Conference, the Bronco football team earned some big post-season honors.

Quarterback Jordan Ta’amu was named to the 2016 All Region team and All-SWJCFC first team, as well as being picked as the Southwest Junior College Football Conference Player of the Year.

That last award, said coach Joe Forchtner, “is about as big of an honor as you can get. He’s a really good player and he had a really good season, so I thought it was well deserved. He earned it.”

Defensive lineman Nate Anderson also made All Region and First Team, with Diontez Champion on the First Team as a defensive back. Ta’amu and Anderson are in line for All-American status, which will be announced in several weeks.

2016allconferencehonmen700wThose three join eight other Broncos as second team and honorable mention players, and Forchtner was pleased with the tributes.

“I thought we were represented well on the list,” he said. “There’s a lot of good players in that conference. So to get 11 guys on the list is pretty good. And our guys worked hard for it and all the accolades they get are hard-earned and well deserved.”

 

2016 All Region
Jordan Ta’amu, QB
Nate Anderson, DL

SWJCFC Player of the Year
Jordan Ta’Amu, QB

2016 All-SWJCFC
1st Team, Offense

Jordan Ta’amu, QB

1st Team, Defense
Nate Anderson, DL
Diontez Champion, DB

2nd Team, Offense
Sedarius Young, WR
Edward Taufa’asau, OL

2nd Team, Defense
Randy Hooks, LB
Theo Hyppolite, DB

Honorable Mention, Offense
Trevas Samuel, C
Edward Kea, WR

Honorable Mention, Defense
Kalen Williams, LB

Honorable Mention, Specialists
Nicholas Litang, PK

Broncos play hard, but fall to Tyler

Wide receiver Sedarius Young led the Bronco in reception yards with four catches for 202 yards, including one TD. Photo by Laura Brown.

Wide receiver Sedarius Young led the Broncos in reception yards with four catches for 202 yards, including one TD. Photo by Laura Brown.


Karen Boehler

NMMI Sports Press

QB Jordan Ta'amu staves off an Apache with the stiff-arm during a rushing attempt. Photo by Laura Brown.

QB Jordan Ta’amu staves off an Apache with the stiff-arm during a rushing attempt. Photo by Laura Brown.

With two teams ranked in the top five in the nation in offense set to meet Saturday at Colt Field, the SWJCFC game between NMMI and Tyler Junior College was expected to see a lot of scoring.

And the fans at the homecoming-filled stands weren’t disappointed in that respect, although the Bronco supporters most likely were, as NMMI fell 64-42.

“We just didn’t play good enough to win,” said coach Joe Forchtner. “Those guys are good. They lead the free world in offense and points and yards and they’re good. There’s just no room for errors with guys like that.”

The first quarter actually saw more defense than offense, as the only scoring came from the Apaches with 2:44 remaining in the stanza.

Interception by in the red zone by NMMI's Jonari Brown. Photo by Laura Brown.

Interception by in the red zone by NMMI’s Jonari Brown. Photo by Laura Brown.

The Broncos got on the board in the second, tying the game at 7-7 on a 47-yard rush by Jalen Jackson just 3:07 into the stanza. The offensive push came after Jonari Brown intercepted a TJC pass at the NMMI 5.

Tyler came back a little more than a minute later on a TD pass, then made it 21-7 with 2:29 remaining before the half.

Not to be outdone, the Broncos scored with just :56 left on a Jarvis Scott carry, closing the gap to 21-14 Apaches. And, with less than a minute remaining, that’s how most folks in the stands thought the half would end.

Jalen Jackson breaks to the outside for positive yards. He finished the game with 13 carries for 74 yards and a pair of TDs. Photo by Steve Notz.

Jalen Jackson breaks to the outside for positive yards. He finished the game with 13 carries for 74 yards and a pair of TDs. Photo by Steve Notz.

But Tyler began a drive that took them down to the NMMI 24 where they kicked a 41-yard field goal with just four seconds remaining, making it 24-14. That drive wasn’t without controversy — at least from the crowd — as it appeared Theo Hyppolite had picked off another Apache pass, but with both Langford and Apache CJ Thomas holding on, the call went to Tyler.

And that wasn’t the only play that upset the rowdy Bronco crowd. Almost the same thing happened in the second half when Shamar Busby and Savon Rollison both got hold of a thrown pass.

TJC WR Savon Rollison and NMMI FS Theo Hyppolite both come down with a Apache pass late in the second quarter. Photo by Laura Brown.

TJC WR Savon Rollison and NMMI FS Theo Hyppolite both come down with a Apache pass late in the second quarter. Photo by Laura Brown.

The Apaches got their second field goal of the game seven minutes into the third quarter to stretch the lead to 27-14, but the Broncos came back with Scott’s second TD carry of the game, a 1-yard plunge with 5:11 left in the quarter to make it 27-21.

Tyler closed out the stanza with two quick TDs: a 3-yard carry at 4:16 and a 35-yard pass with 2:25 showing, making it 40-21 after three.

Once again, though, NMMI wasted no time in scoring in the new quarter, using up only 10 seconds before Jordan Ta’amu passed to Cameron Saunders for a 42-yard TD. And the game ended with the teams trading touchdowns every minute or two, until the Apaches kicked a field goal with 2:57 left, then stopped the final NMMI drive with an interception that led to a TD.

While the loss is hard to take, Forchtner said he saw things he liked.

NMMI's Andre Bodison goes up to try and catch a pass over TJC's Seth Glenn. Photo by Steve Notz.

NMMI’s Andre Bodison goes up to try and catch a pass over TJC’s Seth Glenn. Photo by Steve Notz.

“I think the energy on the sideline was good,” he said. “The guys are playing for each other. That goes a long way in tight games. So just to see the guys play together I thought was the best thing. We made a lot of mistakes on both sides of the ball that we can’t make. But they’re good. Hat’s off to them. They’re the fifth team in the nation for a reason.”

The Broncos close out the regular season in Corsicana, Texas, vs. Navarro College Oct. 29, and Forchtner knows what he wants to work on prior to the game.

“We’ve just got to clean up a lot of stuff,” he said. “Offensively. Defensively. It’s just little stuff. We’re so close in so many areas and just one little thing that’s preventing us from making a play here or there. A big play on defense or a big play on offense. It’s just continuing to master their craft.”

Broncos get all-around win over Blinn

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Brenham, Texas — The Bronco football team got back on the winning track Saturday, outlasting SWJCFC foe Blinn College 45 – 31, using five turnovers created by the NMMI defense – including four interceptions – and a strong offense to secure the win.

The game started slowly, with the Buccaneers going up 10-0 after the first quarter on a field goal and touchdown.

But NMMI quarterback Jordan Ta’amu started the second quarter with a 1-yard touchdown carry, wrapping up a nine-play, 75-yard drive. The NMMI defense then came up big with a blitz that bumped into Blinn’s quarterback during an attempted pass. The ball popped up and in to the hands of defensive lineman Alain Cimankinda at the Blinn 35. He rumbled all the way down to the 1, and Jarvis Scott carried it in on the very next play to make it 14-10 Broncos.

The Buccaneers went up 17-14 on their next possession, but NMMI turned right around and, with 3:24 left in the half, tied it at 17-all on a Nicholas Litang 25-yard field goal.

Four plays later, Blinn had to punt, and NMMI came back with a seven-play, 78-yard TD effort ending with a quarterback keeper with 1:31 left on the clock, and the Broncos never trailed again.

The third quarter started with back-and-forth possessions — Diontez Champion had an interception that ended with NMMI punting — but then the Nate Anderson sacked Blinn QB Aaron Sharp forcing a fumble that was recovered by NMMI at the Broncos’ 47 yard line.

This time the NMMI possession ended in another touchdown, a pass from Ta’amu to Sedarius Young, making it 31-17 Broncos.

The teams then traded TDs — NMMI’s on a carry by Scott — and when the quarter ended, the score had closed to 38-31.

Yet another Bronco interception ended a drive by the Buccaneers early in the fourth and while it didn’t result in a Bronco score — a field goal attempt by Litang missed wide left — Blinn was forced to punt four plays later and the next NMMI drive made it 45-31 on a pass from Ta’amu to Young.

Champion picked off his second Sharp pass with :51 remaining in the game, and two more plays and a knee and the game was over.

NMMI picked up some big numbers on offense — 340 yards rushing and 185 passing, for a total of 525 yards — coach Joe Forchtner was pleased with the outcome.

“They definitely got it done tonight,” he said of his offense. “Defensively, we got some good takeaways and I think it was just an all around solid effort on the road.”

And, the big win was something he challenged the team to do after their loss to Kilgore at home Oct. 8.

“Last week we took all the Grindhouse stuff away – took the Grindhouse banners down, and took all the shirts away. Because the way that we played last week was exactly the opposite of what we’re supposed to be as a team. We took all that stuff away and said they had to earn it, and I feel like we had our best week of practice. We had the best attitudes that we’ve had and I feel like they earned it back. It was a good performance by them tonight.”

And with another tough Southwest Junior College Football Conference game against Tyler College Oct. 22, Forchtner knows to enjoy the victories as they come.

“This league is tough, and this is kind of our baptism into this league,” he said. “So winning a game then having a 10-hour plus bus ride is a heck of a lot easier off a win than a loss.”

Broncos lose 28-16 to KIlgore

Kody Washington attempts a catch in near the endzone, double-covered by Ranger defensive backs. Photo courtesy Laura Brown.

Kody Washington attempts a catch near the end zone, double-covered by Ranger defensive backs. Photo courtesy Laura Brown.

Karen Boehler
NMMI Sports Press

Nicholas Litang put the Broncos' on the board first with a 44-yard field in the first quarter. Photo courtesy Laura Brown.

Nicholas Litang put the Broncos’ on the board first with a 44-yard field goal in the first quarter. Photo courtesy Laura Brown.

The Broncos looked like they never got off the bus in Saturday’s home SWJCFC contest, and they were playing a home game.

They fell 28-16 to Kilgore College and were never really in the game.

“We were flat,” said coach Joe Forchtner. “The guys didn’t play with any emotion. Any energy. If you come out like that mentally, you can’t focus on your job. You can’t do your job. It’s not all about playing with effort. It’s about playing with effort and focus. And we did absolutely none of that tonight.”

Darius Miller following right behind the block of offensive lineman McAdams. Photo courtesy Laura Brown.

Darius Miller following right behind the block of offensive lineman McAdams. Photo courtesy Laura Brown.

While the Broncos took the first lead, Kilgore came back and never again trailed.

After a back-and-forth first quarter that saw more punts than scoring, the Broncos went up 3-0 on a 44-yard field goal by NIcholas Litang with 1:01 remaining in the stanza.

But the Rangers answered with back-to-back touchdowns in the second quarter, scoring on a Marquis Broussard carry from the 5 with just seven ticks gone in the stanza, then a 9-yard pass from Chandler Eiland to Jarod Wood with 8:52 remaining in the half to lead 14-3.

The Kilgore defense put pressure on NMMI QB Jordan Ta'amu all afternoon, and managed four sacks in the game. Photo courtesy Laura Brown.

The Kilgore defense put pressure on NMMI QB Jordan Ta’amu all afternoon, and managed four sacks in the game. Photo courtesy Laura Brown.

The Broncos tightened the gap late in the quarter when Jordan Ta’amu capped off a 10-play, 78-yard drive with an 18 yard touchdown pass to Cameron Saunders with 1:18 left until halftime, but that 14-10 deficit was as close as NMMI would get.

Kilgore scored two unanswered TDs in the third — a 1-yard Broussard carry at 9:31 and a 3-yard Eiland QB keeper at 5:59. That put the Rangers up 28-10 with one quarter to go.

The Broncos got a bit closer with 11:43 left in the game when Jalen Jackson plunged in from the 1, but a missed point after attempt left Kilgore with a 28-16 lead.

The NMMI defense never managed a sack on Kilgore QB Chandler Eiland. Photo courtesy Laura Brown.

The NMMI defense never managed a sack on Kilgore QB Chandler Eiland. Photo courtesy Laura Brown.

NMMI had its lowest offensive output of the season, and Forchtner knew just what to blame.

“That’s what happens when you throw six interceptions. You don’t score points,” he said.

The Broncos also missed a field goal attempt and lost several scoring opportunities when they failed to get in from the end zone.

Ta’amu had 204 yards in the air and Jared Hayes 165. Eleven different Broncos were the recipients of those tosses, led by Sanchez Lofton who had 77. Six Broncos had rushing yards, led by Jackson with 54 and a TD.

Andre Bodison makes a great move after a pass reception to get by a Ranger tackler. Photo courtesy Laura Brown.

Andre Bodison makes a great move after a pass reception to get by a Ranger tackler. Photo courtesy Laura Brown.

It won’t get any easier when NMMI (4-2, 2-2) heads to Blinn College Oct. 15, and immediately after the game, Forchtner had no answer as to what to do to stop the Broncos’ two-game slide.

“We’re going to look at the tape,” he said. “I hate to even talk after a game like that because I don’t know. We’re just going to have to look at it. Make the corrections we need to make and go on the road next week.”

Broncos fall 10 yards short of victory in Athens

Roger Staubach took the field with the captains of the Bronco football team for pre-game ceremonies prior to kickoff vs. Trinity Valley Community College. The former Bronco, Midshipman, and Cowboy great was officially inducted into the NJCAA Hall Fame. Photo courtesy Rodney Austin.

Roger Staubach took the field with the captains of the Bronco football team for pre-game ceremonies prior to kickoff vs. Trinity Valley Community College. The former Bronco, Midshipman and Cowboy great was officially inducted into the NJCAA Hall Fame. Photo courtesy Rodney Austin.

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Edward Kea's 25-yard TD reception, putting NMMI up 13-7. Photo courtesy Rodney Austin.

Edward Kea’s 25-yard TD reception, putting NMMI up 13-7. Photo courtesy Rodney Austin.

ATHENS, Texas — The Bronco football team dropped a heart-breaker on the road to the Trinity Valley Community College Cardinals Saturday, 45-41.

NMMI came into the contest ranked No. 6 in the nation among teams in the NJCAA, while TVCC was ranked just two slots behind at No. 8.

To add further excitement to a game between two top-ranked teams, famous NMMI alum Roger Staubach was present, after being inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame in a press conference prior to kickoff. After giving the Broncos a pre-game pep talk, the former star quarterback for the Broncos, Midshipmen and Cowboys walked out onto the field arm-in-arm with the NMMI team captains, then gave the coin a flip to determine first possession.

Sanchez Lofton's 45-yard catch and carry for the TD. Photo courtesy Rodney Austin.

Sanchez Lofton’s 45-yard catch and carry for the TD. Photo courtesy Rodney Austin.

The first half was a wild, back and forth affair. Both teams scored early and often, tallying 62 total points before heading into the locker rooms for the break.

The Broncos struck first on their second possession of the game, but the Cardinals came right back to tie it at 7-7.

NMMI broke the tie with 3:19 left in the first quarter on a 25-yard pass from Jordan Ta’amu to Edward Kea, capping a seven-play, 65-yard drive, but Nicholas Litang’s extra point kick was blocked.

Will Hogan rush in the first half.

Will Hogan rush in the first half. Photo courtesy Rodney Austin.

TVCC answered by moving the ball 73 yards in six plays for the touchdown, made the extra point and went up 14-13 with just under two minutes left in the opening quarter.

Six minutes later, the Broncos found the end zone again with a 45-yard Ta’amu strike to wide receiver Sanchez Lofton. This time the kick was good: NMMI 20, TVCC 14, with 11:11 left in the second.

After defensive stops by both teams, the Cardinals returned a punt all the way back to the NMMI 8. One play later, and TVCC was back on top, 21-20 with 7:43 left in the half.

Kody Washington streaks 79 yards down the sideline for NMMI's third TD reception of the game. Photo courtesy Rodney Austin.

Kody Washington streaks 79 yards down the sideline for NMMI’s third TD reception of the game. Photo courtesy Rodney Austin.

NMMI again took the lead at the 1:53 mark, 27-21, Ta’amu finding Kody Washington for the 79-yard pass and catch.

The ensuing kickoff was returned 73 yards down to the NMMI 27. The Cards then put together a five-play drive, pushing into the end zone with just 22 ticks left on the clock. TVCC back on top, 28-27.

But the scoring in the half wasn’t over yet, even when time had completely expired from the game clock. After a good kickoff return by the Broncos, NMMI took two shots down the sidelines, hoping for the Hail-Mary. The second worked, with Andre Bodison hauling in a catch before falling out of bounds at the Cardinal 1. The game clock was at zero, but a defensive penalty gave NMMI one more play. Ta’amu rolled out to his right to pass, found an open lane and took it in himself, making the score 34-28 at halftime.

The second half was much more of a defensive battle. The Cards struck first with a 34-yard field goal on their opening possession, but the next points wouldn’t come until eight minutes later, when another Ta’amu pass found Bryndan McCoy in the back of the end zone.

Up by 10, 41-31, the Institute had several chances to extend their lead, thanks to a series of defensive stops. The NMMI offense managed to move the ball twice into Cardinal territory, but couldn’t bring together another scoring drive.

At the 7:36 mark in the fourth quarter, the Bronco defense finally failed. A punt had placed the ball at the Cardinal 13 yard line, but TVCC ran off nine plays for 83 yards in just over a minute and a half, making it a three-point ballgame, 41-38, with 5:55 left.

After forcing a ‘three-and-out’ on the Bronco offense, the Cards got the ball back on their own 24-yard line with 3:35 left. Six plays and a touchdown later and the Cards were back again on top; 2:10 left in the game.

NMMI didn’t go down quietly, however. With all three timeouts remaining, the Broncos steadily moved the ball down to TVCC 5.

With eight seconds left, Ta’amu was forced out of the pocket. He scrambled and made a move towards the end zone, realized he wasn’t going to be able to make it across the goal line this time, and instead tried to hit a well-covered receiver in the back of the end zone. The pass fell incomplete, but gave NMMI one more chance.

A delay of game penalty then moved NMMI back to the 10. Ta’amu again went back to pass, but his attempt was deflected by a Cardinal defender, falling incomplete, ending the game, and giving NMMI their first loss of the season.

With the loss, the Broncos’ record now stands at 4-1 overall, and 2-1 in the SWJCFC. The Cards move to 5-1 and 3-1.

Next up for NMMI will be a home match vs. conference opponent Kilgore College. Kickoff set for 2 pm MDT on Saturday, Oct. 8 at Colt Field.