Wednesday, December 9, 2015

East Central Warrior Football Finishes Season Ranked No. 10 in Nation

Following its victory in the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl, the East Central Community College Warrior football team is ranked No. 10 in the final National Junior College Athletic Association Top 20 Football Poll for the 2015 season.

East Central capped off its best season in 16 years with a 35-21 win over No. 20 Kilgore College in the HOT Bowl Saturday, Dec. 5, in Copperas Cove, Texas. East Central entered the game ranked No. 15.

The Warriors finished the 2015 season with an 8-3 record, the best won-loss record since 1999. All three of the losses came to teams ranked in the top 10 in the final 2015 NJCAA Top 20 Poll.

“I am very excited for our players, staff and football program in being selected in the top 10 to finish the season,” said third-year Head Coach Ken Karcher. “This is an honor for our college, our fans, and our community.”

It was a year of firsts for the East Central Community College football team. The HOT Bowl was East Central’s first bowl game since 1996, and only the fourth bowl game since the Warriors began playing football in 1928. Only 14 community college football teams in the nation were invited to bowl games this year.

The Warriors advanced to the semifinals of the 2015 Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges state playoffs, before losing to eventual state and national champion Northwest Mississippi Community College 27-20 on Oct. 31 in Senatobia. It was the Warriors first appearance in the state.