The New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI) Broncos will seek a national football championship.
Ranked second in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) poll, the Broncos host No. 3 Northwest Mississippi College in the opening round of the NJCAA Division I national football playoffs Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. at the Wool Bowl in Roswell.
General admission is $15, and tickets can be purchased at www.njcaa.org/tickets. Children two and under get in free.
NMMI, 10-1 overall and 6-1 in the Southwest Junior College Football Conference, earned the first ever conference title in school history and received the highest-ever ranking in NJCAA Division I poll since 2016.
NMMI’s highest previous ranking of No. 6 was achieved in 2011, which came during the final poll.
Coached by Kurt Taufa’asau, the Broncos ranked first in the NJCAA in scoring with 446 and sixth in points per game at 40.5 and fifth in total offense.
Carlsbad freshman wide receiver Hunter Navarette is a member of the 2021 Bronco football team.
Competing in the Mississippi Association of Community Colleges Conference (MACCC), Northwest Mississippi finished 9-2 overall and 5-2 in league play.
In the other semifinal, No. 1 Iowa Western (9-0) takes on No. 4 Snow College (7-1) in Council Bluffs, Iowa on Dec. 4.
The four teams are vying for a spot in the NJCAA Division I national championship Dec. 17 at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Mike Smith can be reached at 575-628-5546 or by email at [email protected] or @ArgusMichae on Twitter.