Willie McCoy - KC

Kilgore College sophomore receiver Willie McCoy (1) of Houston makes a play on a Tyler Junior College defender. The Rangers routed TJC, 41-10, last Saturday, and play at Northeastern Oklahoma in Miami, Okla., this Saturday, at 1 p.m. They take a number six national ranking into that contest.

Kilgore College’s thrashing of rival Tyler Junior College has the Rangers up two spots in the NJCAA’s national poll ahead of their trip to Oklahoma this weekend.

KC is now ranked sixth in the nation, up two from last week in the NJCAA’s top 10.

The Rangers (1-0), coached by Willie Gooden, flexed their muscles in week one, putting a 41-10 beat-down on Tyler Junior College over in Longview’s Lobo Stadium, a de-facto home game due to the renovations at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium.

KC visits Northeastern Oklahoma A&M – dubbed NEO by conference rivals for years – this Saturday, a 1 p.m. kickoff.

And a week from Saturday, the Rangers play one more time at Lobo before their schedule returns to normal. And it’s a big one: defending national champion and current number one team New Mexico Military Institute. NMMI is 2-0, and is number one in the country for a second straight week.

Number two is Hutchinson (Kan.), tied with Iowa Western for that spot. Northwest Mississippi Junior College is ranked fourth, and East Mississippi Junior College, fifth.

KC checks in at number six, as mentioned, followed by Iowa Central. Butler (Kan.) is ranked eighth, Jones (Mississippi) ninth, and Snow (Utah) is ranked 10th. Blinn is the next of KC’s Southwest Junior College Football Conference rivals to be ranked, and they check in at number 15.

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Mitch Lucas is the sports editor for the Kilgore News Herald, and has been since June 1, 2002.