It was a special day at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium on Saturday. But not for Texas A&T.
Kilgore College honored its 2019 athletics hall of fame inductees last week, culminating with an introduction at the KC-A&T football game Saturday afternoon. The Rangers lso flexed their muscles, winning the, 70-14.
The Rangers (now 5-1 overall) have a big game this Saturday (in Athens against Trinity Valley – see our preview in Game Time Weekly inside), but made short work of the Drillers.
As a result, the pollsters in the NJCAA’s national poll rewarded KC with a bump-up to number six , the highest-ranked Southwest Junior College Football Conference team this week. Blinn is ranked ninth and Trinity Valley, 10th. KC faces them both in the next two games.
Against A&T last Saturday, KC jumped out to a quick lead on a 1-yard quarterback sneak by Jacob Frazier, and then doubled it to 14-0 on a 13-yard touchdown pass from Frazier to Gabe Douglas. The Rangers added to it on a 14-yard run by Chauncey Martin, and then, after A&T scored one of two touchdowns on the day, KC scored again, another run by Frazier. A&T scored before the half, Da’Shawn Williams caught a 51-yard pass for another KC score, and KC led 35-14 at the break.
They’d add 35 more in the second half, one of them a 59-yard pass from Frazier to Williams; two touchdown runs by Earnest Crownover (5 yards) and Dorian Glinton (24 yards); and one each from Cade Pearson and Jalon Griffin.
In all, KC allowed A&T 213 total yards, almost all of it in the first half, and had 541 of their own: 233 passing yards and 308 on the ground. Fraizer was 11-of-17 for the 233 yards and three TDs, and also ran for the two.
Honored at halftime was this year’s hall class: the late Glenn Wells, the former KC band director, and Travis Martin as contributors; Curtis Buckley and Dr. Robert Iden in football; Jermaine Lewis and Meosha Walker in basketball; the men’s basketball team from 1963-64; Martin Kardos and Chris Blair in tennis; and Spirit of Excellence award-winners Dr. Hurley Miller and Phil Castles.