Football gets in gear with annual SWJCFC Media Day, first game Aug. 29

LINDALE, TX --  Football is officially in the air with the meeting of the seven Southwestern Junior College Football Conference coaches July 23 for the annual SWJCFC Media Day at Garden Valley Country Club.

Each coach gave a run-down of the outlook of their teams for the upcoming season and fielded questions afterwards by local media members.

The biggest announcement of the conference was that starting with 2016 season, the junior college Bronco football team at New Mexico Military Institute will join the SWJCFC.

The KC Rangers are looking to improve on a good 2014 season that saw KC make the four-team playoffs last year, but falling to Trinity Valley Community College in fhe first round, 55-35.

Head coach J.J. Eckert, starting his ninth season at the helm for KC, is optimistic about the 2015 season which will begin at home Saturday, Aug. 29, versus Arkansas Baptist.

"We're ready to get going and I'm excited about how this football team will compete this season," Eckert said. "Probably our biggest strength will be defensively.  We lack a bit of depth at the linebacker position, but most of the other positions on defense, we should be in pretty good shape."

KC returns 22 lettermen from the 2014 season -- three starters on offense and six starters on defense.

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Photo Above: Head coach J.J. Eckert is interviewed after SWJCFC Media Day by CBS19 TV's Jeff Schaeffer July 23.  Eckert is 44-36 as head coach at KC and has made the playoffs 6-out-of-9 years.