Rangers defeat NEO 35-21, move to 3-2 in SWJCFC play
The Ranger defense came up big Oct. 12 against Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College to keep KC's playoff hopes alive, holding the Golden Norsemen to 21 points. Seven of those points were on an interception that a Norseman took 74 yards to score just before halftime to cut the KC lead to 21-14 at the break.
KC's Michael Mathis intercepted two NEO passes, one that he ran back for a 60-yard pick-six with 9:27 left in the second quarter.
Toward the end of the third quarter, KC's Morris Williams ran a sweep play 61 yards for a Ranger touchdown to put the Rangers up 28-14.
KC improves to 3-2 in SWJCFC play and will host Southeast Prep in a non-conference matchup 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 (Hall of Fame Game).
Above: KC tailback Eddie Smith fights for yardage against Cisco. Photo by Jon Vashey/KC
Rangers 1-0 in conference play after beating Trinity Valley
The Rangers defeated the Trinity Valley Cardinals in the conference-opener Sept. 14 in Kilgore, 24-19. The much-needed win gives the Rangers their first win after losing their first two games of the season. KC went up quick on the Cardinals 14-0 in the first quarter, but TVCC would respond with a touchdown making the score 14-7 at the half. KC traded scores with TVCC in the second half, then added a field goal by kicker Luis Sanchez to put the Rangers up by 10. TVCC drove the ball the length of the field to score with about two minutes left on the clock but missed the two-point conversion. TVCC then recovered an onside kick but Joe Lynch made an impressive interception for KC with about 50 seconds left in the game to preserve the win. The Rangers are now 1-0 in conference play and will travel to Corsicana Saturday, Sept. 21, to face the Navarro Bulldogs. game story
Above: KC tailback Dwight Smith fights for yardage against the Cardinals. Photo by Jon Vashey/KC
Patti named SWJCFC Special Teams Player of the Week
Kilgore College punter Roy Patti was named Special Teams Player of the Week of the Southwest Junior College Football Conference. Patti, a 5’11” freshman Denison, averaged 47 yards on seven punts last Saturday in the Rangers’ win against Trinity Valley Community College, 24-19. He booted three of the punts inside the 5-yard-line to help keep TVCC pinned deep in its own end of the field.
The NJCAA has just released its 2012 Football All-America Teams, and the Kilgore College Rangers have three players on these elite rosters. Sophomore linebacker Charles Woods (Humble, TX) was named a First Team Defense selection. Sophomore cornerback James Jones (Houston, TX) is listed as an Honorable Mention. On the offensive side of the ball, sophomore wide receiver Ed'Marques Batties (Missouri City, TX) was chosen as a Second Team Offense member.
Charles Woods named national defensive player of the year
The NJCAA national office announced the 2012 Football Players of the Year Dec. 13 on behalf of the NJCAA Football Coaches Association. Kilgore sophomore linebacker Charles Woods (Humble, TX) was named the NJCAA national defensive player of the yeam and rIowa Western sophomore quarterback Jake Waters earned the offensive award. Charles Woods embodied the term “playmaker” in his sophomore season at Kilgore. Woods anchored the Rangers’ defense en route to an 8-3 record and a No. 16 final ranking in 2012. full story
KC heading to Kyle Field for Brazos Valley Bowl Dec. 1
The Kilgore College Ranger football team has accepted a bid to play in the inaugural Brazos Valley Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 1 at Texas A&M University's Kyle Field in College Station. Kickoff is set for noon, and KC will face the Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangers. The game will be regionally televised on CW-8 from Bryan-College Station, broadcast on KZNE 1150-AM radio and also streamed online at www.iHigh.com. Kyle Field is known as The Home of the 12th Man and has a stated capacity of 82,589 – the13th largest stadium in the NCAA. The 11th-ranked KC Rangers (8-2) and the 13th-ranked NW Rangers (7-2) will meet for a third time in the postseason, with the team's splitting the last two meetings in 1965 and 1989 at the Shrine Bowl. General admission tickets are $5 while 18-and-under are free and college students are free with ID. The game will also be broadcast online by the KC Sports Network beginning at 11:30 a.m. and fans can watch and listen to the game live on iHigh.com. Photo above: Head Coach J.J. Eckert announces the bowl details at a press conference on campus Nov. 13.Click to enlarge.
Rangers finish 8-2, will play in bowl game Dec. 1
The regular season co-conference champion Rangers were knocked out in the first round of the SWJCFC playoffs Nov. 3 by the Navarro College Bulldogs, 42-14, in Kilgore. Down only 17-7 at the half after a late first half Navarro score, the Rangers just couldn't put it together in the second half to make a comeback. Congratulations to Navarro College who will travel to Miami, Okla., next week to face Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, who defeated Tyler Junior College in the first round, 36-34.
KC remains unbeaten with miraculous win over Blinn
The Rangers, down 27-7 with less than 10 minutes left in the game, came from behind in miraculous fashion to stun the Blinn College Buccaneers, 28-27, in Brenham to remain undefeated on the season. KC's offense sputtered for three quarters, and it looked like the Rangers were most certainly going to have their first loss until the momentum shifted when Charles Woods picked up a Blinn fumble and ran it 70 yards to the house with 9:37 left in the game to get KC within 13 points. KC would score again on a Tanner Tausch pass to Ed'Marques Batties to put the Rangers within 6. KC's defense forced a Blinn punt and the Rangers got the ball back on their own 48 with 2:42 left in the contest. With four seconds on the clock, KC's Emory Miller juked the Blinn defense to score the tying TD from seven yards out on a fourth and one yard to go. The extra point was good, giving the undefeated Rangers their sixth victory of the season. Blinn falls to 2-3 overall and 1-2 in conference. KC remains perfect on the season and will travel to Miami, Okla., next Saturday, Oct. 13 to face the Northeastern Oklahoma Norsemen in a 2 p.m. contest.
The Back Porch restaurant is official tailgating spot
The Kilgore College Athletic Department is pleased to announce that The Back Porch restaurant in Kilgore is teaming up with the college to serve as the official tailgating spot for Ranger Football. MORE
Woods named SWJCFC Defensive Player of the Week
The Rangers' linebacker Charles Woods, a sophomore out of Humble, recorded 14 tackles and 1.5 tackles-for-loss for minus-6 yards, 2 quarterback hurries and returned a fumble 70 yards for a TD in the Rangers’ 28-27 win over Blinn Oct. 6. Woods’ fumble return occurred with the Rangers trailing 27-7 with just over 10 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.
Rangers remain undefeated with win over Cisco, 29-14
Kilgore College remains perfect at 5-0 with its win Sept. 29 over the Cisco College Wranglers, 29-14. The Ranger defense came away with seven turnovers and QB Emory Miller ran for one touchdown and caught a pass for a TD en route to the victory over the Wrangers in Cisco. KC has now won 15 of the last 17 meetings between the two schools, making this the fifth straight victory over Cisco. KC went into halftime up 24-0 after Miller ran for a TD and caught a TD pass from QB Tanner Tausch. Taush connected with Ed'Marques Batties in the first half for a 16-yard TD and kicker Youvany Arvizu kicked two field goals in the contest to give KC the big lead. Cisco, using two QBs, passed for 211 yards but the Rangers’ James Jones intercepted two passes and recovered a fumble to lead KC's defense. Jones now has three interceptions for the season. KC travels this Saturday to face Blinn College in a 7 p.m. kickoff at Cub Stadium in Brenham. Cisco game story
KC's Herrick named special teams player of the week
Kilgore College's Joe Herrick made a play Saturday, Sept. 22, against Navarro College that got the Ranger momentum going and put the Rangers ahead of Bulldogs late in the contest. He scooped up a blocked field goal in the fourth quarter and returned it 27 yards for the go-ahead touchdown. The score gave the Rangers a 36-35 lead prior to a successful two point conversion helping No. 10 Kilgore defeat No. 8 Navarro, 45-35. Herrick is a freshman wide receiver from Dripping Springs.
Kilgore College upset the No. 8 Navarro College Bulldogs Sept. 22 in front of a rowdy crowd at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium in Kilgore. KC, up 24-21 at the half, scored with 7:53 left in the third quarter to make the score 30-21, but Navarro would answer, scoring with 1:04 left in the third to make the score 30-28. After a failed drive, Navarro got the ball back and scored again to go up on the Rangers, 35-30 with most of the fourth quarter to play. The Rangers were then forced to punt, but a Navarro player fumbled the catch, giving KC the ball on the Navarro 5 yardline. KC lost yardage in three plays and was forced to attempt a 22-yard field goal. The field goal was blocked and recovered by Navarro, but the Navarro player fumbled the ball and it was recovered by KC freshman Joe Herrick who ran around the end for a Ranger TD, making the score 38-35 after a successful two-point conversion. On the following Navarro drive, the bulldogs were picked off by sophomore James Jones who took it to the house to give KC the winning score of 45-35. The Rangers are on the road for the next three weekends, facing Cisco, Blinn and Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. KC will face off against Cicso 3 p.m. next Saturday, Sept. 29, in Cisco. With the win, the Rangers are 4-0, 2-0 in conference. Navarro drops to 3-1, 1-1 in conference.
Rangers knock off No. 11 Trinity Valley, move to 3-0
Kilgore College upset the No. 11 Trinity Valley Community College Cardinals in Athens Sept. 15, 34-16, moving to 3-0 on the season and 1-0 in conference play. KC's defense shut down the Cardinals in the first half, with a halftime score of 12-0, and only allowed 16 points in the second half. The Cardinals drop to 2-2 overall and 0-1 in conference play. The Rangers, now ranked No. 10, will face off against another undefeated team, the No. 8 Navarro Bulldogs, 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium. Photo courtesy of Benny Rogers/TVCC.MORE
QB Tausch named SWJCFC Offensive Player of the Week
Kilgore College QB Tanner Tausch was named the Southwest Junior College Football Conference's Offensive Player of the Week for week three of the NJCAA season. Tausch won a shootout with Tyler’s Tyrik Rollison when he completed 19 of 29 passes for 293 yards and 3 TDs in a 38-30 win over the Apaches. Tausch accounted for more than 250 yards through the air in the first half, passing for 3 straight scores as Kilgore built a 21-0 lead. Tausch is a freshman from Keller. MORE
Former Ranger picked up by Philadelphia Eagles
The Philadelphia Eagles signed Chase Ford as a rookie free agent after the 2012 NFL Draft. He is now on the Eagles' practice squad for the 2012-13 season. Ford played tight end at Kilgore College from 2008-2010. Ford is a big kid at 6-6, 255 pounds and has excellent speed for a man his size. He only appeared in twenty-one games at Miami after transferring from Kilgore Community College so his experience level is behind that of other tight end prospects in this draft. While at Kilgore College, Ford was named SWJCFC Most Valuable Player. EAGLES CHASE FORD PAGE
Rangers knock off No. 13 TJC in Tyler, improve to 2-0
Kilgore College knocked off the No. 13-ranked Tyler Junior College Apaches, 38-30, Sept. 8 at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium, moving the Rangers to a perfect 2-0 on the young season. KC was led on defense by last week's conference defensive player of the week, Charles Woods who had a stellar game. KC started the game off with a 55-yard TD toss with 8:58 left in the first quarter. With 1:17 left in the first quarter, KC capitalized on a TJC fumbled punt with a 20-yard TD toss from QB Tanner Tausch to Steven Borden, making the score 14-0. With 11 minutes left in the second quarter, KC scored again on a 68-yard TD pass from Tausch to Darrin Brown, making the score 21-0. With 7:56 left in the first half, TJC got on the board with a 25-yard TD pass from QB Tyrik Rollison to to Ryan Young. KC kicker Dylan Nowak added three more points for KC with a 39-yard FG with 5:12 left in the first half, making the score 24-7. Both KC and TJC would score once more, making the halftime score 24-14. KC's QB Tausch ended the first half 15-21 for 254 yards. QB Emory Miller started the second half at QB for KC. Miller scored on a 5-yard scamper with 8:04 left in the third quarter to make the score 31-14. TJC would answer with a touchdown by Leroy Dobbins with 2:57 left in the third quarter, and TJC kicked a 37-yard field goal with 13:05 in the fourth quarter to make the score 31-24. After a KC fumble, TJC got into field goal position, but the kick was blocked. TJC eventually got the ball back, but QB Rollison fumbled the snap and KC's Daniel Lopez picked up the ball and ran it in for a KC score with 2:46 left in the fourth quarter, making the score 38-24 in favor of the Rangers. TJC wasn done, however. With 1:22 left in the fourth quarter, TJC's Rollison connected on a 58-yard TD pass to put the Apaches within 8. The extra point snap was bad, making the score 38-30. TJC then recovered its onside kick and marched down the field to the 20 yardline. On the last play of the game TJC's Rollison threw a pass that was caught, but the TJC receiver was inches out of bounds in the back of the end zone giving the Rangers the victory, 38-30. story
Woods named SWJCFC Defensive Player of the Week
Kilgore College linebacker Charles Woods was named the SWJCFC Defensive Player of the Week for week one of the season. Woods registered eight tackles, forced fumbles, recovered one fumble and had 1.5 tackles for a loss. He also had three pass breakups. Woods, from Humble, is a sophomore at KC.
Rangers take care of business in home opener Sept. 1
The Rangers did exactly what they indended to do Saturday--get an opening-game win. The Rangers defeated the Dodge City Community College (Kan.) Conquistadors 26-15 infront of a rowdy home KC crowd Sept. 1 thanks in part to a solid defensive effort that allowed only one offensive touchdown by Dodge City. KC, up 13-2 over the Conquistadors at the break, held Dodge City in check most of the night. KC (1-0) will travel next Saturday, Sept. 8, to Tyler to face the TJC Apaches in a non-conference matchup. Dodge City drops to 0-2 on the season. The next Ranger home game is not until Saturday, Sept. 22, when KC will face the Navarro College Bulldogs in a 7 p.m. game.
Rangers picked 6th in annual SWJCFC Media Day
The coaches of the Southwest Junior College Football Conference met at Garden Valley Country Club near Lindale July 26 for the annual media day. In a pre-season coaches' poll, KC was picked 6th, just ahead of Cisco Junior College. The coaches picked Trinity Valley Community College and Blinn College as tied for first place pre-season, with each college receiving 56 total points and three first place votes. Picked third was Navarro with 49 points and fourth was NEO with 38. Coming off a tough 3-6 season last year, Eckert said that he is "very excited" about this year's team and the lettermen he has returning. "Last year, we lost four games by a combined 22 points. It was tough, no doubt," Eckert said. "But we feel that this year's team will be competitive. The assistant coaches have put in long hours since January to ensure that we have a quality product this fall."
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