Their win was close, but it was enough to allow the Kilgore College Rangers football program to retain the number two spot in the national rankings.
The NJCAA released its weekly poll of the top 20 football programs in the nation midday Wednesday, and the top of the poll remains the same: Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College is number one, and Kilgore College is number two.
KC, coached by Willie Gooden, didn’t have a lot of offense last weekend in Miami, Okla., taking on Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in a Southwest Junior College Football Conference game. But thanks to a 225-yard rushing performance and an outstanding defensive effort, KC staved off upset-minded NEO, 14-13.
Check out the News Herald’s story here: https://www.kilgorenewsherald.com/sports/junior-college-football-kc-escapes-from-neo-hosts-nmmi-saturday/article_92da5532-9619-11eb-abf0-d3b6bedfaaa9.html
Garden City (Kan.) Community College is third in the poll, followed by Snow (Utah) College at four, Lackawanna (Penn.) College fifth, and Iowa Western at six.
Trinity Valley, one of KC’s biggest rivals in conference, checks in at seven. Independence (Kan.) sits at eight. Another one of KC’s conference rivals, Cisco, is nine, and Iowa Central is number 10.
The Mississippi conference elected to play its football last fall at regular time, and are not playing a spring season.
Up next for the Rangers is a home game here at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium this Saturday against New Mexico Military Institute, a 3 p.m. kickoff, and then a trip to Corsicana to face always-tough Navarro the following weekend, on Saturday, April 17.