Heart of Texas Bowl kicks off pre-game activities for NJCAA teams
Updated: December 4, 2015
The Hoffpauir Auto Group C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl kicked off activities on Friday, December 4, 2015 in Copperas Cove, Texas will a barbecue, country music, and speeches by the head coaches of the two junior college participants; East Central Community College from Mississippi and Kilgore College from Texas. The event was held at the Copperas Cove Community Center and featured the music of Pat Waters and Chainlink.
Master of Ceremonies Joe Lombardi introduced the presidents of both colleges and their head coaches, in addition to various administrators and local community and bowl game leaders. Bowl director Vance McAnally spoke about the history of the bowl and regaled those in attendance with both humorous and meaningful insights.
The highlight of the afternoon affair was the bowl tradition of each school’s head coaches singing with the band. ECCC head coach Ken Karcher and Kilgore College head coach J.J. Eckert were joined by lead singer Pat Waters in a spirited and unique rendition of the George Strait hit “All My Ex’s Live in Texas.”
Karcher, in his first year as the head coach at ECCC, led the No. 15 Warriors to a 7-3 record and a place in the HOT Bowl. He played his college ball at both Norte Dame and Tulane and continued his football playing career in the NFL with the Denver Broncos, where he was the backup quarterback for John Elway in Super Bowl XXII in 1988,
Eckert is in his ninth season as the head coach of the Rangers, who went 7-4 in 2015. He was the offensive coordinator when Kilgore won the SWJCFC championships on 2001 and 2004. His current record at Kilgore is 37-34. The game will kick off at 11 a.m. CST at Bulldawg Stadium in Copperas Cove.