There was serious celebrating going on Saturday at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium.
First, Kilgore College honored its 2018 Hall of Fame inductees. Then, they recognized the football program’s 500th win.
Lastly, they took out a couple of years of frustration on visiting Trinity Valley.
KC, now number 14 in the nation, blasted Trinity Valley, 49-24, in a key Southwest Junior College Football Conference game. The win leaves KC at 5-2 overall, and alone in third place in the conference standings.
The Rangers need to finish in at least fourth to make the conference playoffs. They’re off Saturday, then finish the regular season at Blinn (Oct. 20) and at home against Tyler (Oct. 27).
The Rangers’ offense had a huge day : 430 total yards, led by quarterback Dakota Michaels, who went 14-of-16 for 233 yards , four touchdowns and no picks. He also ran for 50 yards and a score.
Rod Ford caught four balls for 140 yards and two touchdowns; Luke Stillwell caught a pass for a 27-yard touchdown; Omar Manning had two catches for 18 yards and a score. De’Montre Tuggle led KC with 46 yards rushing; Carlos Frank had a touchdown. Defensively, KC gave up a lot of yardage, but just 24 points. Kaleb Ford-Dement had his team-leading fourth interception this season.
Before the game, KC presented its 2018 hall inductees: Bob Bustin (football), Thomas Herrion (football, posthumously), the 1954 Rangers (football), the 1980 Rangers (football), Beth LaGrone Fulton and coach Richard Fothergill (tennis), Frank O’Brien and George Roderick (basketball); the Spirit of Excellence Award-winner Terry George; and contributors Dana Ransom and Kenny Mobbs.
KC also recognized the program’s 500th win, over Texas A&T a week ago. Coach J.J. Eckert presented a game ball before the game to KC President Dr. Brenda Kays and to athletic director Jimmy Rieves.