KC Game Day

Kilgore College’s Kevon Latulas (5) breaks free from Tyler Junior College defenders in last week’s double overtime win at Rose Stadium. The Rangers host New Mexico Military Institute in the SWJCFC playoffs today. (Photo by MICHAEL HAMPTON)

Records: Kilgore College is 8-1 overall, and 6-1 in Southwest Junior College Football Conference play. New Mexico Military as 5-4 overall, and 3-4 in conference.

Head coach: Kilgore College is coached by Willie Gooden, in his first season. NMMI is coached by Joe Forchtner, in his eighth season.

Last meeting: KC defeated NMMI, 35-26, on Sept. 7, at Roswell, N.M.

Did you know: The Rangers have never lost to NMMI; they’re 4-0 all time against the Broncos, all since NMMI joined the SWJCFC in 2016.

Last game: KC beat Tyler Junior College for a fifth straight time, 34-28, with Melek Hamilton of Kilgore scoring on a 6-yard run in double overtime. The Rangers trailed 21-7 in the second half before rallying. NMMI beat Blinn, 45-42. The Broncos trailed Blinn, 35-28, after three quarters, but scored 17 fourth-quarter points for the win.

Rankings: NMMI is unranked. KC is ranked third in the NJCAA’s top 20 poll, behind Mississippi Gulf Coast and Lackawanna, a Pennsylvania school.

What’s at stake: In short, everything. The KC-NMMI loser is out of the conference playoffs, their season probably over. If NMMI is able to win, they would be on the road for the SWJCFC title game next week, because they are the fourth seed. If KC wins, it would host either Trinity Valley or Navarro next Saturday at 3 p.m. in the conference championship game. Also, being ranked third in the nation, KC is still in play for a potential shot at the national championship. If KC does earn a bowl trip, it will likely be scheduled the first Saturday in December (like the Heart of Texas Bowl in Waco, at Waco ISD Stadium on December 7).


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