After dropping a heart-breaking 20-14 overtime loss to No. 1 Blinn in Saturday's conference title game, the Kilgore College Ranger football team received some good news Monday. They're going bowling.
In an afternoon teleconference, KC athletic officials accepted the school's second bowl invitation in three seasons, agreeing to play in next month's Heart of Texas Bowl. The game, which will pit the seventeenth-ranked Rangers against the No. 11 Fort Scott (Kan.) Greyhounds, is slated for a 2 p.m. kickoff Saturday, Dec. 2, in Copperas Cove.
Despite KC's losing record, bowl officials are excited to have the Rangers (5-6) in the contest, citing the school's solid football tradition and the way Kilgore has played over the past couple months.
"We're thrilled to have Kilgore in this game," said Vance McAnally, coordinator for the Heart of Texas Bowl. "Kilgore is a strong football program that we've never gotten to host and we're glad they're finally coming here. The Heart of Texas Bowl is going to show them a good time."
Kilgore and Fort Scott (7-4) share more in common than the hot streaks they've run off over the past month. The two schools are both coming off losses in their conference championship games and both share a common opponent, No. 4 Butler (Kan.) The Grizzlies knocked off KC in the season opener and twice defeated Fort Scott, most recently in last week's Jayhawk Conference title game.
"Heart of Texas feels strongly that we have put together one of the best games of this bowl season," McAnally said. "We've got a very good match up between two of the country's hottest teams. That alone should make for a very good game."
Tickets will go on sale later this week for $8 and will be available at the Athletics office in the Devall Student Center. The school has been given an allotment of 500. Call (903) 983-8189 for more information.