NMMI bowling in Heart of Texas Bowl

reprinted with permission for the Roswell Daily Record

Posted on 02 December 2011 .

It’s that time of year again. Calendars are flipped to the final page of 2011. Everyone is recovering from Thanksgiving feasts and Black Friday mayhem, and Christmas is right around the corner.

For the college football fan, this time of year is also exciting because bowl season is nearly here and, for just the second time in the past decade, the NMMI Bronco football team will be bowling.

The Broncos will square off against defending national champion Navarro on Saturday in the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl at 1 p.m. at Bulldawg Stadium in Copperas Cove, Texas.


For first-year head coach Josh Lynn and his Broncos, the Heart of Texas Bowl is a great opportunity to put NMMI football back on the map.

“It is a great opportunity especially at NMMI because they don’t come around often,” he said. “(NMMI) has had an opportunity to go to nine bowl games and (this one) is a really good opportunity for our program.”

While bowl games are great for a program, the lull between games can make a team rusty. NMMI’s last game was Nov. 12 against Snow, but Lynn said his team returned from Thanksgiving break rested up and has had its best week of practice this year.

“Oh yeah, I am (worried about rust),” he said. “Sending those guys home, we believed there might be a little rust, but the good thing is that both teams had to deal with it. (After Thanksgiving break) we have had our best practices of the year. The kids have been flying around and I believe that we are kind of fresh.”

The Bulldogs are 9-2 and won the Southwest Junior College Football Conference championship game 33-29 over Tyler. Offensively, Navarro likes to run plays with the pistol and establish the run early, according to Lynn.

“They are going to be in the pistol offense for most of the game,” he said. “They are going to run inside zones and they are going to run play action. They are going to try to establish their tailback and then everything branches off of that.”

On defense, the Bulldogs run a 4-3 defense and Lynn said the strength of the Navarro defense is its swarming mentality.

“Navarro runs a 4-3 defense and they play a lot of cover-four,” he said. “They aren’t really flashy on defense, but they are good at what they do. They fly to the football, though. They do that as well as any team we have seen this year.”

If the Broncos are to come away from their ninth bowl game with their fifth win, Lynn said it will be thanks to the offensive and defensive lines.

“(The key to us winning is that) we have to control the offensive and defensive lines,” he said. “We challenged them and they have responded well.”


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