The Lions are the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges champions. The Rangers were runners-up in the Southwest Junior College Football Conference playoffs.
This year’s game will be played Dec. 4 at newly renovated A.L. May Memorial Stadium in Perkinston. Kickoff is at 2 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased through the game’s website, MississippiBowl.com. Tickets are $10 for adult and $7 for students. A limited number of chairback tickets in the home grandstand are available for $20.
East Mississippi (10-1) has won all three of its appearances in the Mississippi Bowl: 2009, 2013 and 2014. The last two times it has won the national championship, beating No. 1 Georgia Military 52-32 and No. 2 Iowa Western 34-17.
Kilgore (6-4) will be making its first appearance in the Mississippi Bowl. The Rangers lost 48-41 in overtime to No. 4 Trinity Valley in its conference’s championship game.
East Mississippi won the MACJC championship by defeating No. 5 Northwest 38-30 last weekend. The Lions had outscored opponents 504-228 and are riding a 10-game win streak. They have thrown for 276.9 yards per game and run for 231.5 yards per game, while allowing just over 300 yards per game.
Kilgore features a balanced offensive attack that piles up almost 450 yards per game. The Rangers average more than 43 points per game.
Past Mississippi Bowl results
2008: Gulf Coast 41, Georgia Military College 7
2009: East Mississippi 27, Arizona Western 24
2010: Gulf Coast 62, Grand Rapids 53
2011: Gulf Coast 46, Blinn 17
2012: Garden City 31, Copiah-Lincoln 29
2013: East Mississippi 52, Georgia Military College 32
2014: East Mississippi 34, Iowa Western 17
2015: Northwest Mississippi 66, Rochester 13