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Tradition-rich programs to face-off in inaugural Brazos Valley Bowl
 November 14, 2012

11th-ranked Kilgore, 13th-ranked Northwest Mississippi have combined for three national titles

The Brazos Valley Bowl presented by Blinn College will bring a wealth of tradition to its first-ever contest on Dec. 1.

The 11th-ranked Kilgore College Rangers and the 13th-ranked Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangers were selected today to play in the brand-new NJCAA bowl, Director Sylvia McMullen announced today.

The game will be played at Kyle Field on the campus of Texas A&M University. The stadium’s 82,600-seat capacity makes it the largest two-year college bowl venue in the nation and the 13th largest in the NCAA.

Kilgore and Northwest Mississippi have combined to win three national championships in their storied histories. Kilgore won the 1966 title while Northwest Mississippi captured the top prize in 1982 and 1992 and was the national runner-up in 1991.

“We are very proud to showcase the talents of two teams that have not only been elite this season, but bring their own storied histories and traditions to our first-year bowl game,” said Selection Committee Chairman Hunter Goodwin, a nine-year NFL veteran, who starred at Texas A&M before going on to a career with the Minnesota Vikings and Miami Dolphins. “We believe the Brazos Valley Bowl will be a tremendous showcase for both of these colleges, who have once again proven themselves among the very best two-year college football programs in the nation.” 

Kilgore’s world-famous Rangerettes dance team will perform during halftime. The game, which will kick off at noon, will be regionally televised on CW-8 from Bryan-College Station, broadcast on KZNE 1150-AM radio and streamed online at www.IHigh.com.

Both schools will participate in community events in the days prior to the game.

The Brazos Valley Bowl was the result of Blinn’s partnerships with community leaders aimed at boosting economic activity in the region during the historically sluggish month of December. Initial funding for the bowl game was provided by the City of College Station through Hotel Occupancy Tax funds.

According to an estimate by the Bryan-College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau, the event could bring $1 million in economic activity to the community as visitors shop, stay in hotels and eat at restaurants over the course of the bowl weekend.

“We are tremendously excited to host two schools that are not only rich with tradition and gridiron success, but will bring passionate fan bases to enjoy all the Brazos Valley has to offer,” McMullen said.

The game furthers Blinn’s mission to benefit its host communities while informing thousands of potential students of the advantages two-year colleges provide through affordable academic and technical programs. Proceeds from the bowl will be distributed as new scholarships.

Tickets are free for attendees aged 18 and under and for students with a college ID. All other tickets are $5 at the gate.

For more information, visit www.brazosvalleybowl.com.

About Northwest Mississippi Community College

Northwest Mississippi (7-2) emerged this season as one of the top programs in the potent Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges.

The offense has averaged 37 points per game behind a balanced attack led by sophomore quarterback Domonique Harris. Harris has thrown for 2,109 yards and 15 touchdowns this season, while freshman running back Damian Baker has run for 983 yards and nine touchdowns. Freshman Darreall Joyner leads the Rebels with 33 receptions for 545 yards and two touchdowns.

Defensively, the Rangers are led by freshman defensive back Ty Northern, who has 63 tackles and an interception this season. Sophomore linebacker Demarcus Peques has 62 tackles, while sophomore defensive end Randolph Williams has 59.

Defensive tackle Jerome McClain has already received offers from Arizona State, Indiana, Minnesota and South Alabama, while center Austin Douglas has offers from Kentucky and Middle Tennessee State. Williams, offensive lineman Chris Chalmers, running back Teshadi Talton and kicker Chase Carpenter have also received interest from four-year schools.

Fifteen players earned all-MACJC honors at the conclusion of the regular season, including three – Douglas, Chalmers and Desmond LaVelle – who received all-region recognition and are now eligible for All-American honors.

Northwest Mississippi Community College, based in Senatobia Miss., was founded in 1928 and enrolls some  8,242 students across three locations.

About Kilgore College

Kilgore (8-2) will be making its 19th bowl appearance in school history and its fifth since 2001. The Rangers’ last bowl appearance came in 2007.

The Rangers are led by freshman quarterback Tanner Tausch, who has thrown for 1,694 yards and 16 touchdowns in nine games. Sophomore Ed’Marques Batties has emerged as Tausch’s favorite target, catching 59 passes for 845 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Kilgore’s rushing attack is split primarily between sophomore running back Karrion Morrisey (375 yards, two touchdowns), freshman running back Courtland Smith (280 yards, four touchdowns) and sophomore quarterback Emory Taylor (194 yards, seven touchdowns).

Defensively, the Rangers are led by linebacker Charles Woods, the SWJCFC defensive MVP. The sophomore from Humble posted a league-high 128 tackles while also recording three sacks, six forced fumbles and two interceptions. Sophomore linebacker Matthew Greg has 76 tackles on the year, and sophomore defensive back James Jones has 59 tackles and three interceptions.

Tausch, Woods, Jones, Batties and defensive ends Xavier Davis and Cooper Washington have all received interest from four-year college recruiters.

Kilgore College, based in Kilgore, Texas, was founded in 1872 and enrolls 6,154 students.

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