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Broncos win a close one

Tj Williams reading the quarterback against Tyler JC.

Tyler, TX – The NMMI Broncos (3-5, 1-5) garnered their first SWJCFC win of the season against the Tyler JC Apaches (5-3, 3-3) Saturday afternoon in Tyler 17-14.

Although many mistakes were made in the first half, the Broncos came out fired up in the second half.

Coach Joe Forchtner said, “We just needed to clean some stuff up at halftime, but we have been making some progress.”

Along with the adjustments made at halftime, TJ Williams made a spectacular play that would change the course of the game and give the Broncos the win.

Williams took a punt by Tyler Dunlop all the way for a 63-yard score to give the Broncos the lead with less than four minutes in the game.

Williams said, “At first I tried to secure the catch on the run, but I muffed it.”

After Williams picked up the ball, he made several guys miss and then received a key block to spring him to the end zone.

“When I picked up the ball I looked to the right because it was always open and trusted my teammates and my instincts. I had some great blocks on the sideline and tried to put the ball in the end zone so we could get the win.”

The Bronco defense put together an impressive stop as they forced a fumble and recovered the ball the NMMI 39 yard line.

”Our defense has been playing really good and I feel like if we don’t beat ourselves offensively we can win the nasty games like the one today.

“We told our players this week that if scored on a special that we would win the game and we took a punt return back to the house,” said Forchtner.

NMMI hits the field next Saturday against Navarro for homecoming at 2:00 PM MDT.

Turnovers lead to Ranger win over Broncos

NMMI freshman quarterback Cody Frampton with a pass attempt vs. Kilgore College. Frampton aided a Bronco comeback bid that just fell short by throwing for pair of touchdowns in the second half.

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Linebacker James Brown with a an open-field tackle for the loss on an outside pitch play.

KILGORE, TEXAS – The Bronco football team shutout Kilgore College in the second half, but couldn’t overcome a 17-point halftime deficit, dropping a conference game on the road to the Rangers, 17-15.

NMMI turned the ball over on their first three possessions of the game. The first two resulted in two Kilgore College touchdowns in under five minutes of play, while the third killed a 65 yard drive into red zone territory with a fumble on the Ranger 14.

Caleb Meyer-Hagan gets both feet in-bounds on a catch near the sidelines.

After the miscues, neither team managed to score until Kilgore added a 41-yard field goal with just over two minutes left in the second.

The Broncs came out with a vengeance in the third, however. A stingy Institute defense put NMMI’s first points on the board with a safety; and an inspired Bronco offense – led by back-up quarterback Cody Frampton –  drove 47 yards in 5 plays after the free kick, to make it a brand new ball game: 17-8 with 11:17 still left in the third.

After a scoring hiatus similar to the first half, NMMI would strike again. Frampton tossed his second TD pass of the game, hitting wide-out Brydan McCoy in the back corner of the end zone to make it 17-15 after the PAT, with 5:26 left in the fourth.

Tre’sean Artis beats the block to get the tackle on a quick behind-the-line-of -scrimmage pass .

Trailing by two, the Bronco defense was once again called upon to get a stop. And it looked like they would do exactly that, when, with almost four minutes remaining on the clock,  Ranger lined up to punt on fourth and two from their own 33.

During the ensuing play, it looked like one of the members of the Bronco defense got a partial punt block, forcing the kick high into the air, before he collided into the punter, which drew flags from two back judges. The ball then bounced backwards from the Kilgore 40, all the way back to the 15.  Because of the flags on the field, Kilgore’s players just stopped, but NMMI’s Lequan Lewis-Hicks picked up the ball and ran it into the end zone, and was signaled for the touchdown by the head official.

QB Monte Turner makes a Ranger lineman miss before turning the ball up field on the keeper.

Unfortunately for the Broncos, after a lengthy on-field discussion, it was ruled that no partial block occurred (which would have negated the roughing penalty and allowed the play to stand), giving the Rangers a first and ten from the Kilgore 48.

Undaunted, NMMI’s defense again came through, forcing a punt which pinned the Broncos back at their 10 yard line with no time outs and 2:08 left to play.

Frampton passes, along with a few scrambles, moved NMMI up to their 46, before a final Bronco fumble gave possession back to Kilgore.

With the loss, NMMI drops to 2-4 overall and 0-4 in conference. They’ll try and regroup next week at home vs. Blinn College on Sat. Oct. 14.

That game is part of NMMI’s Cancer Awareness Week, with special activities planned before, during and after the game:  a field goal kicking contest with gift cards as prizes, dunk tanks and a whip-cream pie toss. Kickoff for that game is slated for 2:00 PM MDT at the Colt Football Field on the Institute campus.

Broncs best Buffs, 35-6

Pass break-up by NMMI cornerback Tre’sean Artis.

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Lequan Lewis-Hicks blocks an Arkansas Baptist field goal attempt.

The Bronco defense played their best game of the season, helping the NMMI offense overcome a slow start, downing Arkansas Baptist 35-6 in Saturday’s neutral site game in Wichita Falls, TX.

The first points of the game didn’t come until the 7:10 mark in the second quarter, despite both teams mounting drives early deep into their opponent’s territory.

NMMI moved down to the Buffalo 23 yard line after the opening kickoff in a 10-play, 52-yard drive, but were stopped by Bronco fumble.

Cam Saunders made the catch on this pass from Brandon Perdue, then broke a tackle for a 46-yard touchdown.

Arkansas Baptist got inside the NMMI 20 with a 12-play, 55-yard drive on their third possession, but a fourth and five attempt from the NMMI 17 resulted in a sack by Enock Makanzo and a turnover on downs.

The Bronco ‘Black Swarm’ defense had three sacks and 11 tackles for losses in the game.

The Institute offense finally broke into the end zone on a 24-yard pass and catch, quarterback Monte Turner to wide receiver Walt Wilkerson, capping another 52-yard drive, this time in eight plays.

NMMI’s next touchdown came right before the end of the half. A bad snap on a Buffalo punt gave NMMI the ball on ABC’s 18. Three plays later, Taquan Pratt rushed pass the goal line from four yards out, giving the Broncos a 14-0 lead heading into the locker room.

Lequan Lewis-Hicks with the big hit to break up a Buffalo passing attempt.

Punting problems led to NMMI’s first touchdown in the second half as well. After kicking off, the Bronco ‘D’ forced a fourth and five at the Arkansas 31 yard line. The Buffs elected to punt and this time the snap was good, but the ball bounced in and out of the hands of Casey Cross, ABC’s punter, who fell on the ball at the 14.

Jalen Jackson later plunged into the end zone on a Bronco third and goal from the 1 yard line, to make it 21-0 with 11:22 left in the third.

NMMI went up 28-0 early in the fourth. Turner took a 16-yard keeper in for the score, finishing a drive that started at the NMMI 45.

The Broncos would score again, less than four minutes later: the Bronco defense forced another Buffalo ‘three-and-out’ and the offense spanned 70 yards in seven plays, including a 46-yard TD strike from quarterback Brandon Perdue to Cam Saunders.

Donald Mensah returns a blocked field goal.

ABC’s only points came with 8:20 on the clock in the fourth quarter – a 5-play, 57-yard drive resulting in a Buffalo touchdown. Their pass attempt for the two-point conversion was broken up by the Bronco secondary.

“I thought the defense played well,” said head coach Joe Forchtner. “We had a very simple game plan for today’s game and we executed it well. We had some big plays – a couple of forced turnovers, a blocked punt, a blocked field goal. Our defense just gave us that spark that we needed. We would have liked to get a shutout, but that’s the way it goes.”

Asked about the first half stuttering of the NMMI offense, coach Forchtner responded: “The offense was struggling a bit at the start, especially up front on the line. We’ve got four freshmen up there and just one sophomore, but it’s time for someone to step up and time for the freshmen  to grown up – that’s our biggest struggle right now.”

NMMI evened up their record at 2-2 with the win and has an extra week to prep for a home match against No. 3 ranked Trinity Valley Community College on Sept. 30. Kickoff for that game set for 2 P.M. at Colt Field on the NMMI campus.

Mandatory Moments

by Cadet Abigail Valadez

There’s some sort of simplicity in being told exactly how to have fun, when and where to be at what time and in what type of clothing, like someone is giving you an excuse to throw stress in the wind for a few hours and just enjoy life.  My favorite example of this simplicity starts when the golden hued leaves first begin to lift off their branches, and ends when the bitter cold of winter comes only in whispers of the breeze—football season.  There’s something about Friday Night Lights that seems to make everything from the paper you left until the night before to whether or not that guy in chemistry caught you staring at him in class today totally irrelevant.  Football games are that touch of high school normalcy that becomes so rare in an environment where bugle calls get you up before your eyelids are ready, classes are meant to prepare you for college, and every second in between opening and closing your eyes has a strict purpose.  Games give you the option of eating whatever you can afford to splurge on from the concession stand—and you will probably do it because it’s definitely the best food you’ll get all week.  Whether you choose to watch the game and join in the chants and cheers or take the time to talk to friends, it’s time well spent, even if you have no other choice but to spend that time at a football game.  Then there’s that moment when everyone, no matter high school or junior college, girl or guy, athlete or non athlete, become one as we all sing the fight song.  In that moment, for me, it is impossible to feel anything but pride. Pride in my team, pride in my school, pride in the legacy I have chosen for myself and all of the people along the way.  It is in that moment that being required to attend the game is no longer a bad thing, there’s nowhere in the world I would rather be actually.  Worries get lost in loud surround sound chants of “Ra, ra, ra” as everyone’s fist punches an invisible enemy in the air, and the only thing that really matters is where that brown leather ball is headed next—hopefully in our running back’s hands and straight into the end zone.



Broncos win season opener over Air Force Prep

NMMI sophomore quarterback Brandon Perdue gets off a pass right before the Husky cornerback on the blitz can reach him.

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Place kicker Alex Alhomsi with his 47-yard field goal. It was good, but a penalty on the play gave the Broncos the ball on the AFP 15.

COLORADO SPRINGS — On the road in Colorado Springs, the Bronco football team outlasted their Husky opponents, surviving a 19-point Air Force Prep rally in the second and third quarters to win their season opener, 41-26.

“They are a very good football team,” said head coach Joe Forchtner. “They had good players who created some match-up problems for us. They were just tough – I feel pretty good to win that one, especially on the road, the first game of the season.”

NMMI managed to build a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, scoring first at the 10:32 mark on a six-play, 65-yard drive. Sophomore running back Raekwon Webb capped the drive with a 9-yard rush for the TD.

NMMI linebacker Precious Ogbevoen chases down a scrambling Husky quarterback.

The Broncos’ next score came from their defense, seven minutes later. NMMI punter Logan Robinson launched a 67-yarder that was downed at the AFP 1-yard line. Three plays later, the “Black Hole” defense got into the backfield, forcing and recovering a fumble in the end zone.

Coach “Fort” was happy with that but felt the team let up a bit afterward.

“I think we missed some opportunities; could have extended that lead a little bit. We just left a lot out there.”

The Huskies scored next, right before the end of the first quarter, completing their own seven-play, 75-yard drive to make it 14-7.

The Broncos ate up almost half of the second quarter on their next drive, going 58 yards over 14 plays. The drive originally stalled out on the AFP 30. Joe sent in the kicking team and freshman Alex Alhomsi split the uprights from 47 yards out for the field goal.

“He can kick, said Forchtner. “He’s got a good leg. He was kicking it out of the end zone.”

The Bronco “D” getting some pressure on the Husky QB.

But a Prep penalty during the play gave the Broncos the option for a 1st and 10 from the 15. Forchtner elected for the first down, and six plays later quarterback Brandon Perdue hit tight end Sam Thomas on a flat route for the TD.

The Broncs were up 21-7 with 8:15 left in the half, but the Huskies closed the gap on the very next play from the line of scrimmage with an 80-yard pass and catch.

The third quarter saw two more TDs scored by Air Force Prep, and with less than four minutes left in the period, NMMI was trailing for the first time in the game, 26-21.

Said Forchtner, “We gave up two long passing touchdowns – one on a play action and one on a boot. Both of those were caused by our guys’ eyes just not being where they should. We talked about that all week, but obviously we need to try and teach it a little bit better. But I don’t think the secondary played bad – we had a lot of break-ups, two interceptions, and stops down at the goal line — it’s just those two plays stick out; they were touchdowns.

“When we got down in the third quarter, it could have gone bad, but it didn’t,” continued Forchtner. “That’s a credit to our players. It seemed like everything was going their way: the calls, the plays. But we didn’t get down; we didn’t start complaining at each other. Instead, we came back with two quick scores of our own.”

Those “two quick scores” included a 79-yard toss from Perdue to freshman Eric Tollivour, and a 33-yard strike, Perdue to sophomore Cam Sanders. With 3:55 left in the third, NMMI was back on top, 34-26.

“Eric Tollivour had a big catch,” said coach. “I also thought the offensive line did a good job. That was kind of one of our concerns coming in to this game, because we had such a young offensive line. We were able to run the ball and they protected the quarterback well. I was definitely pleased with how they performed and want to give a shout out to that whole position group.”

For the Broncos’ final touchdown, Perdue just tipped the pylon on a 4-yard run, finishing another mammoth drive of 93 yards in 10 plays that left just over four minutes remaining in the fourth.

Next week the Broncos will again be traveling, this time to play SWJCFC conference foe Northeastern Oklahoma College in Miami, Okla. Kickoff for that game set for 5:00 p.m. MST.