J.J. Eckert looks back on disappointing season; works on placing sophomores at 4-year schools

Staff Writer 

KC’s season came to an end sooner than expected after the Rangers’ 30-point loss to Tyler Junior College.

KC finished 4-5 for the season and 3-3 in conference.

Head Coach J.J. Eckert believed this season was a disappointment and said the expectations his team had just did not materialize this year.

“I think we fought back to get ourselves in a situation to where we had a chance to make the playoffs,” Eckert said. “With us not finishing the job Saturday, it’s really heartbreaking for the football team.”

The Rangers finished fifth in the Southwest Junior College Conference behind Blinn for the last playoff spot, who beat KC in week six, 22-17.

KC had to finish its match-up with Cisco College on a Monday due to weather delay. That gave KC just four days to prepare for Blinn.

“I’d like to think if we had got a full week of practice before Blinn, I think it would have been a different game,” Eckert said. “But that whole ‘could of, should of, would of,’ doesn’t get it done on Saturdays.”

Eckert is now focused on getting his sophomores prepared to move on to four-year schools.

“As of now we have got to get these sophomores the opportunity to be able to continue their education and have a chance to continue to play football at a four-year school,” Eckert said. “That’s priority number one and we have to make sure that happens.”

While the 2013 season is over, Eckert knows what his team needs to improve on.

“I think the message to me, that I see coming out of 2013 is that we have got to do a better job of dealing with adversity,” Eckert said. “A huge focal point for us is not so much looking at the score at halftime and saying, ‘Oh well, we’re beat,’ but more importantly how are we going to find a way to win it. I think that is something that we were not good at this past season.”