The Kilgore College Ranger football team, on a two-game losing streak, will enter Saturday's homecoming contest against Tyler Junior College as a must-win situation for a chance to make the playoffs.
KC has lost its last two games by close margins, 52-45 to Navarro College, and 52-40 to Trinity Valley Community College. The Rangers (4-3 overall and 3-3 in the Southwest Junior College Football Conference) will kick off against TJC at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. Homecoming festivities will begin at 2:30 p.m.
TJC, sitting at 5-2 overall and 4-2 in conference play, is coming off a road victory over New Mexico Military Institute, 64-42.
KC is one of five teams in the SWJCFC sitting at 3-3 in conference play along with Blinn College, Navarro College, New Mexico Military Institute and Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College.
Saturday's SWJCFC games will determine the 2nd-4th seeds for playoff contention with Trinity Valley Community College (7-1, 5-1) already securing the top playoff seed and homefield advantage.
Cisco College is out of playoff contention with an 0-8 record.
LAST WEEK: Trinity Valley 52, Kilgore College 40
KC scored 21 point in the fourth quarter last week to keep the game close against the No. 3-ranked Trinity Valley Cardinals, but came up short in the end, 52-40.
Trinity Valley started quickly with a 21-3 lead in the first half before the Rangers rallied to come within two points in the third quarter, 21-19. That was as close as the Rangers got.
KC running back Marquis Broussard finished the game with 106 rushing yards on 17 carries. KC quarterback Chandler Eiland was 16-of-26 passing with 200 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
Cameron Fisher led all KC receivers with 73 yards on three catches and KC linebacker Troy Burnett led all tacklers with 14 solo tackles and 4 assists.
The Ranger defense also intercepted three passes in the game with Michael Jackson and De'Andre Thomas picking off their second passes of the season and Kerenzo Credit intercepting his third pass of the season.
- TVCC: 5-1 & 7-1
- Tyler: 4-2 & 5-2
- NMMI: 3-3 & 5-3
- Navarro: 3-3 & 5-3
- Blinn: 3-3 & 5-3
- Kilgore: 3-3 & 4-3
- NEO: 3-3 & 4-4
- Cisco: 0-6 & 0-8