Rangers lose heartbreaker to Tigers in Booneville

By Corey McKinney

On Sept. 11, the 0-2 Rangers traveled to Northeast to take on the Tigers.  The Rangers lost in overtime 19-25.

The Rangers and Tigers played a strong defensive first quarter. Northwest broke through first however, with a short field goal, hit by freshman kicker Jim Speights.

The Ranger defense stepped it up on the next play, forcing a safety and making the Ranger lead 5-0 early in the second quarter.

Just before halftime, Roger Thomas’ number was called. He capitalized with a short touchdown run, making the score 12-0 in Northwest’s favor.

The Rangers came out on their first drive of the third quarter and produced another touchdown, this one with quarterback Karsten Miller connecting with Quandez Lee for a 5-yard pass. The Rangers now led 19-0.

After that, the Rangers fell apart. The Tigers, led by freshman quarterback Brett Thompson, posted 19 straight points to tie the game and send it in to overtime.

Northwest got the ball first in overtime. They did not capitalize, as Speights missed a field goal wide left. The Tigers would take over, and score on Thompson’s fourth throwing touchdown of the night. The Tigers won in overtime, 25-19.

Northwest drops to 0-3 and 0-1 in the north. The next game for the Rangers is the Homecoming match-up against Itawamba Community College on Saturday, Sept. 20 at Ranger Stadium.

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