FOR ALL THE MARBLES: Cards, NEO square off for regional title

FOR ALL THE MARBLES: Cards, NEO square off for regional title

The Southwest Junior College Football Conference regional championship game is scheduled Saturday at Bruce Field. The Cardinals (8-2) take on Northeastern Oklahoma (8-2) at 3 p.m.

 The Cardinals, who entered the playoffs as the top seed for a fifth straight year, were a 47-34 winner against Navarro in semifinal action at Bruce Field. NEO took care of Blinn, 38-34.

 The winner of Saturday's game earns the host role in the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl in Copperas Cove on Saturday, Dec. 2, though NEO is scheduled to host the inaugural Midwest Fall Classic Bowl on Sunday, Dec. 3.

 During the regular season, the Cardinals were a 27-14 winner against NEO at Bruce Field.

 In this week's NJCAA rankings, the Cardinals are No. 6. It marks the 59th straight poll in which the Cardinals have appeared --  21 straight in the Top 10.

Here are the all-time TVCC-NEO series results:

 TVCC-NEO ALL-TIME RESULTS

(TVCC leads 19-17)

1963 – NEO 26, TVCC 0

1964 – TVCC 20, NEO 14

1983 – NEO 11, TVCC 10

1985 – NEO, 35, TVCC 17

1986 – NEO 21, TVCC 15

1987 – TVCC 10, NEO 7

1988 – NEO 28, TVCC 21

1989 – NEO 41, TVCC 7

1994 – TVCC 24, NEO 17

1995 – NEO 34, TVCC 10

1996 – TVCC 21, NEO 9

1997 – TVCC 24, NEO 6

1998 – TVCC 13, NEO 2

1999 – TVCC 17, NEO 14

            TVCC 49, NEO 28

2000 – NEO 27, TVCC 17

            NEO 37, TVCC 10

2001 – NEO 37, TVCC 7

2002 – NEO 38, TVCC 35

            NEO 14, TVCC 7

2003 – NEO 31, TVCC 21

2004 – NEO 13, TVCC 10

2005 – TVCC 40, NEO 28

            TVCC 49, NEO 41

2006 – TVCC 17, NEO 7

2007 – NEO 37, TVCC 26

2008 – TVCC 48, NEO 29

2009 – TVCC 53, NEO 28

2010 – TVCC 38, NEO 17

2011 – TVCC 55, NEO 21

2012 – NEO 24, TVCC 10

2013 – TVCC 44, NEO 23 (Win vacated by NJCAA sanctions and not included in series record)

2014 – TVCC 58, NEO 9

2015 – TVCC 52, NEO 13

2016 – NEO 30, TVCC 29

           TVCC48, NEO 40

2017 – TVCC 27, NEO 14

SERIES NOTE: The 1994 game was the NJCAA championship game at the Texas JUCO Shrine Bowl at Rose Stadium in Tyler.