CHAMPS Heart Of Texas Bowl

The staff for the 17th annual CHAMPS Heart Of Texas Bowl announced the teams for the NCAA Division II contest set for 6 p.m. Dec. 2 at Bulldawg Stadium in Copperas Cov.

The Washburn Ichabods will face off against the Angelo State Rams (6-4).

“As the bowl director, I am constantly asked about who we are looking at or if we have chosen the teams yet,” Vance McAnally said. “This year’s action in the Lone Star Conference and MIAA provided excitement all the way to the last weekend of games.”

Washburn comes from the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association and finished the season 6-5 with a heartbreaking loss to Emporia State 26-20.

“We are honored the Heart of Texas Bowl selected us for the game,” Ichabods head coach Craig Schurig said. “This is an awesome opportunity for our seniors who will get an extra game after putting in all the work in our program as they have now have helped lead our program to back-to-back bowl games.

“Additionally, it is a great opportunity to play a tough Lone Star Conference opponent, facing Angelo State for the first time in program history,” he added.

Angelo State hails from the Lone Star Conference and finished 4-4 in conference play, winning three straight games.

“It is an honor to be selected to play in the Heart of Texas Bowl and to face a quality opponent in Washburn from the MIAA Conference,” Angelo State head football coach Will Wagner said. “It is a great opportunity to extend our season and the extra game will be a benefit to our program with extra practices. It will be another chance for our players to showcase Ram football.”

The junior college game will kickoff at 11 a.m. with Trinity Valley Community College facing Garden City Community College of Kansas. For just the second time in program history, the Trinity Valley Cardinals and the Garden City Broncbusters will face off with championship implications. Twenty years ago, they played for a national championship.

The bowl is sponsored by the city, Hoffpauir’s Auto Group, SprintTurf and Carter Construction Company.

Reserved seating tickets are $20 and can be purchased on the campus of each university. General admission seats are available at the gate on game day for $10.

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