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Kilgore College defenders wrap up a Navarro ball-carrier last week during the Southwest Junior College Football Conference opener for both programs, one that ended with a 43-33 Kilgore College win. The Rangers have won 10 straight games dating back to last September, and visit New Mexico Military Institute this Saturday, an 8 p.m. kickoff in Roswell, N.M. KC is ranked second in the nation in the latest NJCAA top 20 poll.

{div}Talking about flexing muscles – they don’t flex any more than Kilgore College flexed the first two games of the season.{/div}

{div}The Rangers, led by first-year head coach Willie Gooden, are 2-0, having beaten Tyler Junior College in a non-conference game, then winning the Southwest Junior College Football Conference opener against Navarro last Saturday.{/div}

{div}The result: a bit of a reward. The NJCAA poll vaulted the Rangers from sixth in the nation all the way up to second.{/div}

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{div}This week, though, the Rangers head west – far west – to Roswell, N.M., for a conference game against New Mexico Military Institute, a game slated for an 8 p.m. kickoff Saturday night.{/div}

{div}NMMI, whose most famous football alumni is none other than Dallas Cowboys legend Roger Staubach, is 1-1, having won its season opener in Glendale, Ariz., over Maricopa, 47-3, but then losing to Trinity Valley in Athens in convincing fashion, 36-10.{/div}

{div}NMMI was held to just 183 yards of total offense, 118 through the air. Their lone touchdown was a pass from Ephraim Tuliloa to Patrick Volcy. New Mexico turned the ball over a handful of times, and was forced into eight punts.{/div}

{div}Things weren’t that way for the Rangers, who, after blistering most of the conference last year and finishing with a 10-2 record, look like they’ve picked up right where they left off. Kilgore College has outscored the opposition 78-43 through the two games, and it really hasn’t seemed that close.{/div}

{div}Navarro got within two points (28-26) of KC a week ago, early in the fourth quarter, but watched as the Rangers scored twice to pull away. Through two games, KC has averaged 474 yards of total offense, allowed 335 yards a game, and has seven touchdown passes – and no turnovers – from quarterback Jacob Frazier.{/div}

{div}For a recap of KC’s game against Navarro, check out today’s regular sports section, online at and in the print edition on page 6A.{/div}

{div}The Rangers had 467 yards of total offense against the Bulldogs, even though KC ran 16 fewer offensive plays. KC got three interceptions that all led to scores, and had three sacks of Navarro quarterbacks.{/div}

{div}Frazier finished 19-of-26 for 368 yards and four touchdown passes, and also ran for a couple of short touchdowns. Omar Manning had 153 yards receiving and a score, and Gabe Douglas had seven catches for 103 yards. Scooter Adams caught two touchdowns oout of the backfield, and Kevon Latulas caught one as well.{/div}

{div}Through two games, KC is the only 2-0 team in the SWJCFC. Trinity Valley has only played once, and is 1-0. Cisco and Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (NEO) are also each 1-0. Tyler is 1-1, having lost to KC, but defeated Blinn last week. Blinn is 1-1, and Navarro 0-2. {/div}

{div}KC might have to avoid looking ahead to Cisco next week. The Wranglers represent the Rangers’ last loss, a bit of a surprise, in Cisco a year ago. Since then, KC has won 10 straight games.{/div}



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