NEO Football Releases 2010 schedule
May 17, 2010
Rotation of Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference teams continue during the 2010 football season as the Northeastern A&M Golden Norsemen travel to Garden City, Kan., on Aug. 28 to open the nine-game regular season.
Second year head coach Donnie Bigby's Norsemen have also dropped one of the two games with Arkansas Baptist College of Little Rock since the Buffaloes withdrew from the Southwest Junior College Football Conference after one year.
Last year the Golden Norse defeated Arkansas Baptist twice en route to a 3-6 season mark and a 1-5 record in the SWJCFC.
Garden City's head coach Lucan Aslin's Broncbusters finished fifth in the KJCCC with a 3-4 record and a 4-5 overall mark. The two teams have not played since the Norsemen posted a 31-21 victory in Garden City to open the
NEO is 9-1 against Garden City with the lone loss coming in the 1976 post-season Garden City Beef Bowl. The Broncbusters earned a 28-13 victory.
Following the 345-mile trek to Garden City to open the season, the Golden Norsemen will host 'Dedication Day' ceremonies for the new fieldhouse being constructed in the north end of Robertson Field.
Another team that used to frequent the NEO schedule, Ellsworth (Iowa) Community College returns to Miami on Thursday, Sept. 2 for a 7 p.m.
contest. The teams have not played one another since NEO cruised to a 59-13 win in 1991 to stand 9-0 in the series.
Coach Mike Virden's Ellsworth Panthers finished ninth in the nation last season after winning their second consecutive Graphic Edge Bowl titles with a 64-7 romp over Central Lakes-Brainard, Minn. The Panthers finished 8-3 while winning the Midwest Football Conference.
"We were looking to add a game because Arkansas Baptist dropped out of the league," Bigby said. "After making several inquires, Ellsworth agreed to come here and play which should be very entertaining for our fans."
After a nine-day break, the Golden Norse start conference play by hosting NJCAA defending national champion Blinn College at 3 p.m. on Sept. 11 for 'Military Day'. Last year the Buccaneers defeated the Norse 55-42 in Miami.
The Bucs won the SWJCFC title with a 55-34 decision over Navarro College before edging Fort Scott, Kan. 31-26 in the Citizen's Bank Bowl at Pittsburg, Kan., to finish 11-1 on the year.
The Norsemen make the long journey to Cisco, Texas, on Sept. 18, for a 3 p.m. conference clash with Cisco Junior College. Last year NEO defeated the Wranglers 36-33 in Miami.
Following a 'bye week' the Golden Norsemen return to Robertson Field on Oct. 2 for a 3 p.m. SWJCFC contest with Kilgore, Texas. The Rangers cruised to a 68-36 win last season in Kilgore.
Remaining at Robertson Field on Oct. 9, the Golden Norse entertain Trinity Valley, Texas on Oct. 9 in a 3 p.m. homecoming game. Last year the Cardinals posted a 53-28 win over the Norsemen in Athens, Texas.
Traveling to Tyler, Texas on Oct. 14, the Golden Norse face the Tyler Apaches at 7 p.m. in Mother Francis Rose Stadium. Tyler handed NEO a 54-35 loss last year in the regular season finale at Robertson Field.
Concluding the home portion of the schedule on Oct. 23, the Golden Norsemen host third ranked Navarro College at 3 p.m. for 'Biker Day'. The Bulldogs beat the Norse 59-14 before finishing runners-up in the conference. Navarro defeated Mississippi Gulf Coast 37-26 in the Heart of Texas Bowl to finish 11-1 on the year.
NEO concludes the regular season on Oct. 30, with a 3 p.m. non-conference game with Arkansas Baptist in Little Rock. The Norse are 5-1 since the series started in 2007.