ALVA, Okla. (10-29-11) – Jared Jackson and Kyle Jech help Northwestern Oklahoma State to their best output of the season in a 62-39 victory over Southwestern Assemblies of God (Texas), helping their coach pick up his 100th victory.
Ranger head man Keith Barefield entered the season needing just four victories to reach the 100-win milestone as a coach in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, something only a select group are ever able to achieve.
On Saturday, that feat was accomplished merely hours after escorting his son, Keith Jr., during senior day activities.
Barefield’s career record now stands at 100-52-2, with 33 of his wins coming at the helm of Northwestern since 2006. From 1989-98, Barefield was the head coach at his alma mater, Evangel (Mo.).
He is currently tenth among active coaches in the NAIA in victories.
The Lions of Southwestern Assemblies of God seemed to take the anticipation out of the Rangers early on as they jumped out to a 14-0 lead on two very short scoring drives. However, the Rangers settled down, cutting the lead in half late in the first as Jackson punched it in from two-yards out.
Jackson finished the game with a career high of 174 yards on the ground and three touchdowns.
Following a 50-yard field goal off the foot of SAGU’s James Gish, the Rangers rode their way back on a Jech touchdown pass to Taylor Hooper from eight yards out, followed by an Edgar Colmenares field goal from 22 yards out.
The two teams continued to trade punches as the first half came to a close. The visitors put together a long 10-play drive to take another touchdown lead.
However, Colmenares stuck again, this time booting it for a 45-yard field goal as time ran out of the first half, cutting the Lion lead to four, 24-20.
SAGU added another touchdown early in the third quarter before Jackson broke loose for a 45-yard score in the third quarter. Then, after a SAGU turnover, the Ranger running back scored again almost a minute and a half later to put the Rangers back on top, 34-31.
Northwestern continued to turn Lion turnovers into points throughout the third quarter as Hunter Wolf took a handoff in for a 20-yard score and wide receiver Taylor Hooper found Andrew King on a 28-yard trick play for a touchdown.
King led all receivers with 128 yards on six catches, including a 66-yard hook up with Jech in the second quarter.
The Rangers put the finishing touchdowns on an emotional win with a touchdown pass from Jech to Justin Schanbacher, followed by a Jech keeper for a score. Jech finished with 315 yards and two touchdowns through the air on 19 completions, and 46 yards and touchdown on the ground.
Northwestern (4-5, 3-2) looks to close their season in style next Saturday (Nov. 5) in a showdown with Panhandle State in Goodwell. Kick off for the game is set for 2 p.m.
Sat, October 29, 2011
by Eric Scott