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DIXIE OPPONENT HAS BEEN MOST SUCCESSFUL

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The most successful junior college team of the past decade will be the opponent for Dixie College in the Fourth Sunbrook Dixie Rotary Bowl when it meets Northeastern Oklahoma A&M.

The game is set for Saturday at 1 p.m. in Hansen Stadium.The Golden Norsemen from Miami, Okla., have compiled an impressive 101-18 record during the 1980s.

They have never been ranked lower than fourth at the end of a season and this year are ranked fourth in the latest NJCAA poll.

They won national championships in 1980 and '86, were second in '83, '85 and '88, were third in 1981 and fourth in '82, '84 and '87.

"They're the team of the '80's in JC football," said Dixie Coach Greg Croshaw. "They have a great amount of talent."

The Golden Norsemen are primarily a running team, led by tailback Leshon Johnson, who has rushed for 656 yards this season. The fullback is Eldorado Cochran, who averages 5.5 yards per carry.

Quarterback Jackie Hood has completed 48 percent of his passes for 1,353 yards and Darrick Owens is the top receiver with 32 catches.

Defensively, NE Oklahoma is led by linebacker Dewayne Simmons, with 100 tackles and nine sacks, and defensive end Chuck Smith, with 84 tackles and 11 sacks.

"We're honored to be invited," said NE Oklahoma Coach Glen Wolfe. "I don't think there'll be a better junior college bowl game in the country this year."