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RANGERS WHIP LIONS 41-16 IN CONFERENCE OPENERNorthwestern won its Central States Football League opener with ease, downing Southwestern Assemblies of God University 41-16 in Waxahachie, Tex. on Saturday.

The Rangers rolled up a season-high of 586 yards against the Lions, rushing for 419 total yards. Nate Guillory and Clayton Smith were responsible for most of the yards on the ground, as Guillory picked up 178 yards on 26 carries and Smith had 108 yards on 13 carries along with a pair of touchdowns.


Kyle Jech passed for 129 yards and completed 11-of-25, while connecting for two touchdowns. Mike Hill had three catches for 67 yards and Kent McDonald 52 yards on three catches. Both scored receiving touchdowns.


The Rangers drew first blood, scoring the only touchdown in the first quarter after Jech completed a one-yard pass to Keith Barefield Jr. After a blocked extra point attempt, Northwestern held a 6-0 lead.


Just three minutes later, SWAGU struck to cap a 5-play, 63-yard drive with a 25 yard pass. Nate Barbee blocked the extra point and the game was tied with 48 seconds left in the first quarter.


The Rangers took the lead when Korey Williams completed a pass to Mike Hill for 39 yards and extended the lead to 20-6 when Clayton Smith scored the first of two back-to-back rushing touchdowns.


After halftime, Smith scored his second TD with 10:23 to go in the third quarter. SWAGU added a field goal to pull to 27-9.


Northwestern added two more scores in the fourth quarter, one on a 23-yard pass from Jech to McDonald and the final score on Courtney Jones 9-yard run.


The Ranger defense stood strong, holding the Lions to 207 total yards. Northwestern pushed SWAGU back to -5 yards of rushing and to 212 yards passing.


Rocky Lee led the Ranger tacklers with seven tackles and had three tackles for loss. Lantz Mathers followed suit with six tackles and had 3.5 tackles for loss of 11.5 yards.


Northwestern will remain on the road next week for a 2 p.m. game on Saturday, Sept. 26 as they take on NCAA Division II Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant.