Big games on tap in the NJCAA this weekend

There are several big games on tap in the NJCAA this weekend, but none are more important than the matchup between Kilgore and Navarro at Tiger Stadium this weekend. Read on to find out the top matchups on this weekend's slate of games...

NJCAA Football Game of the Week / This Week in NJCAA Football

#19 Kilgore College (Texas), 1-1 at #3 Navarro College (Texas), 2-0
Sept. 20 , 2008; Tiger Stadium (10,000 capacity), Corsicana, Texas
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 17, 2008) - Want to know how to spot a rivalry? When two football programs can't even agree on how many times they have played. Welcome to NJCAA football in the state of Texas. This Saturday a great rivalry will be center stage when No. 3 Navarro College hosts No. 19 Kilgore College at Tiger Stadium in Corsicana. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. (CT).

The two teams met twice last year. Kilgore took the regular season contest 28-26, but Navarro thumped the Rangers in last year's Southwest Junior College Football Conference title game 56-28.

Navarro claims that the series is tied at 29-29 with one tie. However, Kilgore claims they have a 33-30 lead in the series.

The series has had a tendency to be a bit dramatic with 17 contests being decided by six points or less, including last year's regular season win by Kilgore and their 2005 contest in which Navarro won 14-11.

Both teams enter Saturday's match up after a bye week.

Scouting the two teams

#19 Kilgore College

Their last time out the Kilgore Rangers dominated Tyler Junior College with a 21-point third quarter to win 31-0 over the Apaches. The Rangers got 113 yards on 14 carries in the game from Corneilius Shackleford (pre-season All-American), who sat out Kilgore's first game (a 40-20 loss to Fort Scott Community College, Kan.). The Rangers out gained TJC in total offense 345 to 193. The two teams fumbled eight times in the game (KC lost two of three; TJC lost three of five).

The Rangers are depending greatly on the rushing attack this year with Shackleford and LaRon Elmer taking most of the carries. Schackleford rushed for 1,300 yards last year and Elmer has rushed for 175 yards in two games this season.

Kilgore is rotating Shane Fry and Lane Johnson at the quarterback position, despite starting pre-season All-American tight end Woody McClendon at the position the first two games (he is now out due to a hand injury). Fry completed six of 10 passes for 118 yards against Tyler last week, while Johnson was two of four for 85 yards and two touchdowns.

Defensively, the Rangers are getting great play from Luke Anderson who leads the team with 18 tackles. Victor Carmichael has 14 tackles thus far and Yusaf Nacouzi has 13. JoJo Shumpert had two sacks against Tyler last week, while Jimmy Anderson leads Kilgore with two interceptions (one in each of the team's first two games).

Kilgore head coach J.J. Eckert is in his second season with the Rangers. He currently holds a 9-5 overall record with the program.

#3 Navarro College (Texas)

The Bulldogs are off to a great start, when you consider they are under the direction of a new head coach, Nick Bobeck, and they had a tough early schedule where they defeated Coffeyville Community College (then ranked 19th) 19-10 and then took down Georgia Military College (then ranked fifth) 25-13. Now after a week off, Navarro takes on their third ranked opponent in No. 19 Kilgore.

Defense is Navarro's strongest weapon as the Bulldogs have recorded 16.5 sacks as a team in the first two games along with six interceptions. Brandon Joiner and Darby Jackson both have three sacks apiece. Trevor Drayton and Corey Smith both have two interceptions, while Anthony Brown and Jonathon Thomas both have returned a pick for a touchdown. Ryan Clark (pre-season All-American) leads the team with 12 tackles.

Offensively, the Bulldogs are leaning on quarterback Andre Bevil and running back Vetric Sams. Bevil has thrown for 259 yards and has 40 yards in the first two contests, while Sams has scored two touchdowns with 101 rushing yards. Pre-season All-American Roy Watts leads the Bulldog offensive line.


The fourth week of NJCAA football features three match ups of ranked teams, which all take place on Saturday.

Saturday's docket includes No. 19 Kilgore at No. 3 Navarro, as well as No. 14 Garden City Community College (Kan.) at No. 12 Fort Scott Community College (Kan.) in a game both schools will need in order to challenge Butler Community College in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference race. Also on Saturday, No. 15 Erie Community College (N.Y.) will host No. 18 Nassau Community College (N.Y.) in a great Northeast Football Conference contest.

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