Longest playoff streak in program history
Photo: Cameron Pascal (75) and Cam Young celebrate following a fourth quarter touchdown during the Rangers’ 28-27 overtime win against Northeast. (Courtney nwccrangers.com)
By Brian Lentz, NWCC Sports Information
Thursday night, Nov. 2, provided a game that will forever be remembered as an instant classic.
Faced with a 14-0 deficit late in the third quarter and on the verge of missing out on the MACCC playoffs, Northwest stormed back to tie the game and force overtime, eventually earning the 28-27 victory against Northeast.
In true must-win fashion, Northwest provided the biggest play of the night on the Tigers’ two-point conversion attempt. After the Rangers scored first in overtime, Northeast responded back with a score and chose to go for the win after first mulling it over in a timeout.
Chris McMillian took the handoff and had what seemed like open space on the left side to score the winning points, until Charles Thomas wrapped up the legs of the Northeast tailback, stopping McMillian just a couple yards shy of the pylon, sealing the victory for the Rangers.
For Northwest, it was a banner ending to what started as a rough night. Through nearly three quarters, the Rangers were shutout on the scoreboard and went into halftime down 7-0, marking the first time since a 31-9 loss at Jones College on September 9, 2021 that Northwest failed to score any points in the first half.