Solid start

Kilgore College quarterback Jacob Frazier (above) helped the Rangers roll up 482 yards of total offense last week in a season-opening 35-10 win over Tyler. The Rangers start conference play tonight at home against Navarro. (Photo by MICHAEL HAMPTON)

What you need to know:

KC-Navarro edition

Kilgore College vs.

Navarro Junior College

Saturday, August 31, 2019; R.E. St. John

Memorial Stadium


Kilgore College

Head coach: Willie Gooden (first season)

Record: 1-0

Did you know: Kilgore College mourns the loss of Russell Hall today; Russell was the longtime scoreboard operator for Rangers games. He passed away earlier this week, at age 47.

Last meeting: KC beat Navarro, 45-14, here in the conference playoffs on Nov. 3, 2018.

Last game: KC beat Tyler Junior College, 35-10, here last week in the season opener.

In that game: Quarterback Jacob Frazier threw three touchdown passes and finished 8-of-24 for 285 yards, and the three scores, which went to Omar Manning (two) and Gabe Douglas. Earnes Crownover rushed for 70 yards and a score, and Geovonte Howard had an interception.

Ranked: Sixth in the NJCAA top 20 poll.

Navarro Junior College

Head coach: Scott Parr (first season)

Did you know: Not only is KC coach Willie Gooden in his first year, but this is the second straight week he’s facing a first-year coach.

Record: 0-1

Last game: Navarro lost, 33-30, to Georgia Military. Even in defeat, the Bulldogs had 453 yards of total offense, 419 of it through the air. Quarterback Parker McNeil ran for a 3-yard score, and threw three other touchdowns to Kylan Herrera, Alex Washington, and Quinton Lee. On the bad side, Navarro was held to just 34 rushing yards.

McNeil finished 26-of-37 for 419 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.

What’s on the line: This is the first Southwest Junior College Football Conference game for both schools of this season. Only the top four (of the conference’s eight teams) make the playoffs. The top two seeds have home field throughout.

Next week: KC travels all the way to Roswell, N.M., next Saturday, Sept. 7, to take on New Mexico Military Institute; Navarro will host Blinn next Saturday.

If you go: Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.



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