Rock band Chicago play at the UT Tyler Cowan Center, but before enjoying their tunes, you can catch another great entertainment on “Saturday in the Park,” or in this case, Fair Park Drive.
The nation’s premier junior college rivalry is renewed as Kilgore College and Tyler Junior College go head-to-head at Tyler’s Christus Trinity Mother Frances Roads Stadium on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 3pm at Earl Campbell Field.
In addition to the intense football matches, there is always show business value when KC and TJC meet with the world-famous Kilgore College Rangerettes and the internationally renowned TJC Apache Belles.
The group has unparalleled Broadway-style performances. Plus, the TJC Band and Belles are celebrating his 75th anniversary, so their halftime at the final regular season home game of the season should be something special.
When it comes to football, it’s the 129th time these two have met as the Rangers lead 64-62-2, so it’s definitely a “hard habit to break” rivalry. They met him again on 3 September at Longview, where KC won a non-conference matchup he won 41–10.
But since that meeting, the Apaches have “feeled stronger every day” under first-year coach Tanner Jacobson. 4 wins and 1 loss. Tyler ranks him 15th nationally by the NJCAA and 10th by JucoWeekly.org.
Kilgore is 4-3 overall and 2-3 in SWJCFC. The Rangers are a top 10 preseason pick, and he still ranks 19th according to JucoWeekly.org.
This is a big playoff matchup.
The top four teams will qualify for the playoffs. Heading into this weekend, the SWJCFC standings are as follows: Trinity Valley (5-0), New Mexico Military (5-1), TJC (4-1), Navarro (3-2), Kilgore (2-3). , Brynn (1) -4), Cisco (1-5), Northeast Oklahoma A&M (0-5).
Other games on Saturday include: NEO at Blinn, 1pm. NMMI on TVCC, 1:00 p.m.Cisco’s Navarro, 3pm
The regular season ends on November 5th.
For years, the Southwest Junior College Football Conference has filled the ranks of the NCAA and NAIA with quality players.
This season is no exception.
Here are some of the league’s top 10 players, including schools from Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma.
1, McCoy Casey (6-2, 240, DL), Trinity Valley Community College — Crosby’s freshman made a huge difference as the Cardinals lead the Southwest Junior College Football Conference. The fast-footed giant can sometimes move while double-teaming or triple-teaming. He still averages 9 tackles and loses with 3 sacks and 12 tackles.
2, Dane Yentsch (6-0, 195, QB), Navarro College — The Grandview sophomore is the only player in Texas high school football history to be named offensive and defensive MVP of a state championship game twice. He led Zebra to his two state titles. He originally signed with Lamar University as a defensive back, but chose to go to Juco Route to play quarterback. He completed 90 of them for 1,395 yards, 10 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. Navarro manager Ryan Taylor: ‘He’s a tough guy. He’s a competitor at heart’
3, Donerio Davenport (6-1, 205, RB), Kilgore College — Mansfield’s sophomore is one of the top rushers in the league. He has speed, can bulldoze defenders, and can even hurdle defenders. As he did on Saturday, from the 3-yard line he jumped TVCC defensively his back and he scored one of two TDs. Another TD he dashed for 53 yards. He currently has 13 touchdowns on the season and is rushing for 714 yards on 106 attempts.
4, Austin Skoglund (6-1, 220 lbs). Tyler Junior College — He is central to the TJC defense that has held three straight opponents, including the defending national champion New Mexico Military, to less than 200 total yards. The former 6A All-Stater of Austin Vandegrift had back-to-back sacks against his NMMI in the 4th quarter. he is a sophomore
5 Horacio Moronta (5-11, 196, LB), New Mexico Army — Mission petite sophomores are all over the field. Not only is he one of the Broncos’ leading tacklers, but he’s also a special team force who blocked his goal on the field in his NMMI victory over Oklahoma A&M.
6, JJ Branham (5-10, 205, RB), Brin College — The sophomore from Columbus, Ohio, threw for 631 yards and had six touchdowns on 99 carries. One of his league coaches said, “JJ has speed, blocking hard downhill he understands the scheme he’s a runner.”
7, Judea Milon (6-3, 300, OT), Tyler Junior College — Killeen’s sophomore is one of the top blockers in the league. He is quick on his feet and is known for his ability to guard and tackle. He has attracted interest from several schools, including Power 5 teams in Missouri, Kansas and Washington.
8, Ben Osueke (6-1, 180, CB), Blinn College — The Houston native said, “He’s a player with a high soccer IQ. He’s not afraid to tackle. He’s a very hard-playing leader.” has scored a pass break.
9, Zayteak McGhee (5-10, 185, DB), Trinity Valley Community College — Texas high school football powerhouse Allen’s freshman has three interceptions and three pass breaks during the season. In addition to averaging 5.3 tackles per game, the Cardinal recovered four fumbles and caused one fumble.
10, Brandon Hawkins (5-8, 177, WR), Navarro College — The Waxahachie native is the Bulldogs’ top receiver, catching 27 passes for 526 yards and four touchdowns.