Navarro College defends its 2011 C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl championship in the first game of a college football double-header scheduled for Dec. 1 at Copperas Cove’s Bulldawgs Stadium.

The fifth-ranked Bulldogs play No. 20 Georgia Military College, an independent based in Milledgeville, Ga., in the 11 a.m. kickoff of the 12th annual game that’s becoming an event this year.

Division II McMurry University plays Southern Arkansas University in the 7 p.m. night cap.

Founded by Copperas Cove head football coach and CCISD athletic director Jack Welch, who also started the HOT Bowl, Communities Helping Americans Mature, Progress and Succeed promotes students who pledge to live a drug and alcohol-free lifestyle.

“It helps to promote tourism in Copperas Cove, getting people to eat in our restaurants and stay in our hotels, while getting to watch great college football,” Welch said.

“Two, it helps us to promote the work of CHAMPS, to get the message out to our kids about living a drug and alcohol-free life, plus it lets our football players watch college football and see the many college coaches who come to watch the game.”

Navarro, the 2010 junior college national champion, defeated New Mexico Military Institute 40-24 last year. It will be the Southwest Junior College Football Conference representative’s fourth time to play in the bowl game and third time since 2009.

The McMurry War Hawks, longtime Division III rivals of Mary Hardin-Baylor, will be representing the Lone Star Conference while the Southern Arkansas University Muleriders, of Magnolia, Ark., will be representing the Great American Conference.

Tickets are on sale at the Copperas Cove Athletic Annex. Reserved seats are $20 and general admission is $10. Tickets are good for both games and active duty military get in free with valid ID card. For more information, call (254) 547-4111.

Contact Kevin Posival at kposival@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7562

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