by Doug Glosson
Warren has had few student athletes play football past their high school career. Michael-Jay Evans is on that short list as he heads into his second season for the Kilgore Rangers. Kilgore College is in the Southwest Junior College Football Conference and had a record of four wins with five losses, missing out on the playoffs by one game last season. Evans, who stands 6'4" and weighs 320 pounds, is the starting left guard for the Rangers.
When asked about the biggest difference between playing high school football and college ball, Evans said, "It is a shock just getting used to the adjustments. Not only do we practice several times a day, but the size and speed of the other players is amazing. In high school you play against players from freshman level to seniors, but in college everyone is on a level playing field." He also said that the intensity of the coaches is another aspect of college he had to get used to. "My high school coaches were tough, but college coaches stay on you like their life depends on it," he said.
When asked what his advice for high school athletes wanting to play at the collegiate level was, he said: "Keep working and playing hard and you can be the best. You never know who is watching and willing to take a chance on you."
He is looking forward to next season as there are several new players coming in that could make a difference in taking this year's team to the playoffs.
"With the new high powered offense, anchored by an incoming quarterback, this team should be able to go as far as we want to go."
Michael-Jay is a Forestry Science major and is doing well in balancing practice and games while keeping a 3.0 average. He has been working hard this off-season, getting ready for the upcoming fall season as it will be his last before he makes the jump to a four year university as several teams have shown an interest. Warren is proud of Evans and supports him in having a successful season with the Rangers this fall.