BRENHAM -- The Blinn Buccaneers (5-2, 7-2) finished the regular season ranked No. 7 in the NJCAA poll and will travel to Kilgore College (5-2, 6-3) on Saturday in the first round of the Southwest Junior College Football Conference playoffs. The winner will face either No. 1 Navarro College (7-0, 9-0) or Trinity Valley Community College (4-3, 6-3) in the conference championship game on Nov. 15.
Blinn’s 24-21 loss to Navarro last Saturday and Kilgore’s 34-9 victory over Cisco Community College resulted in the Bucs finishing in third place in the conference. Kilgore defeated Blinn 20-17 in triple overtime on Sept. 27.
The SWJCFC champion will earn the right to play in the CHAMPS Heart of Texas Bowl at Copperas Cove’s Bulldawg Stadium on Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. If the conference champion is playing for the national championship, the runner-up will play in the Heart of Texas Bowl.
NJCAA Football Poll (November 4, 2008)
1 Navarro College
2 Snow College
3 Butler Community College
4 Georgia Military College
5 Harper College
6 Phoenix College
7 Blinn College
7 Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
9 Fort Scott Community College
10 Pearl River Community College
11 Glendale Community College
12 Dean College
13 East Mississippi Community College
14 Ellsworth Community College
15 Jones County Junior College
16 Lackawanna College
17 Vermilion Community College
18 Eastern Arizona College
19 Rochester Community & Technical College
20 Hutchinson Community College