For the second straight year, the Dixie College Rebels will be playing a higher-ranked team when they take on Nassau Community College of New York in the Dixie Rotary Bowl.
The annual bowl game, which bills itself as America's No. 1 Junior College Bowl Game, will be played Saturday at 1 p.m. at Hansen Stadium. The 6th-ranked Rebels are 8-2 with one loss a result of a forfeit and the other a last-second defeat to Ricks.Nassau, which is located in Garden City, N.Y., comes into the game as the No. 3-ranked team in the country with an 8-1 mark. The Lions are primarily a running team, led by Craig Mittner, who gained 1,197 yards this season, averaging 8 yards per carry. Mittner also scored 21 touchdowns.
Nassau's passing game isn't as strong, but Phil Lang, a roll-out type quarterback has passed for 733 yards and six touchdowns.
The Lions play a 4-3 defense, similar to the Miami Hurricanes. Their top defender is middle linebacker, 6-3, 230-pound Robert Bass.
"We have a lot of things in common," said Dixie Coach Greg Croshaw, whose team likes to run the ball. "Their philosophy is similar to ours."
The Nassau team should be in better shape than Dixie's previous bowl opponents. They flew into Las Vegas Thursday night and took buses to St. George Friday. The other Dixie opponents have bussed all the way from states in the Midwest, such as Kansas, Oklahoma and Minnesota.
Dixie has won all four previous Dixie Rotary Bowl games.