ALVA, Okla. (10-8-11) – The Northwestern Oklahoma State University ‘Black Cloud’ defense stepped up huge in the Rangers conference victory over No. 10 Southern Nazarene, 28-12.
Great play by the Rangers defense, mixed with the rainy weather conditions, held one of the top offenses in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics to just 12 points. Entering Saturday’s contest, the Crimson Storm had been averaging 52.8 points a game.
Chris Jones was all over the field in the secondary, recording 17 tackles, 12 of which were solo, and breaking up 3 passes. Traveon Kelly knocked down four Brady Wardlaw passes, picking off another and returning it 22-yards.
The Northwestern (3-3, 2-0) victory gave head coach Keith Barefield his 99th win as an NAIA head coach. Northwestern looks to give their coach the 100-win milestone next Saturday as they travel to Bacone College for a 2 p.m. kick.
In the Central States Football League game against the Crimson Storm, a matchup that was billed as the game that may decide the conference championship, the Rangers found themselves looking up at the visitors in the first quarter.
Southern Nazarene marched their opening drive down the field to take a quick lead, 6-0.
The Rangers put their first points on the scoreboard early in the second quarter as quarterback Kyle Jech found senior Kent McDonald on a pass between the hash marks. McDonald broke for tackles before reaching the end zone.
McDonald led all receivers with 119 yards on five catches.
Following a blocked extra point, the score was tied at six, and stayed the same through the remainder of the first half.
Just like the first half, the Crimson Storm came out on the first drive of the second half with a touchdown. On the point after attempt, Peter Brooks got his hand on a low kick to keep the score at 12-6.
It didn’t take long for the Rangers to answer. On the first play of the ensuing drive, Jech dumped a pass over a Crimson Storm defender into the hands of Avery Morris who took the ball 82 yards to the house. Jech then completed a pass to Jared Jackson for a two-point conversion.
Jech, last week’s CSFL offensive player of the week, finished the game with 229 yards and two touchdowns on 11 completions.
The final two touchdowns for the Rangers came in the final period as Jackson broke off a 32-yard run and Jermil Martin punched one in from a yard out.
Jackson led the way on the ground for the Rangers with 104 yards on 21 carries.
Northwestern’s special teams has been a key factor in their three game winning streak, and the same held true against the Crimson Storm. Other than Brooks’ blocked PAT, Javarri Liggins blocked a punt and P.J. Stimson picked up 211 yards punting, including one inside the 20-yard line.
Sat, October 8, 2011
by Eric Scott