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Top 15 take care of business in Week 7 of NJCAA football
 October 9, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The early season shuffling that gripped the first few weeks of the 2012 NJCAA football season subsided in Week 7. The top 15 ranked teams in the nation held serve with victories last week. Three teams in the Top 20 suffered defeats and only one lost to an unranked opponent.

Top 20 Rankings – Week 8

  COLLEGE RECORD POINTS 1st VOTES PREV.
1. Iowa Western 6-0 203.0 4 1
2. Butler 7-0 182.0 1 2
3. Arizona Western 5-0 178.0 0 3
4. East Mississippi 6-0 173.5 4 5
5. Kilgore 6-0 172.5 0 7
6. Northwest Mississippi 5-0 165.5 0 4
7. Nassau 6-0 158.5 0 6
8. ASA    6-0 135.0 0 10
9. Mississippi Gulf Coast 5-1 120.0 0 8
10. Snow       5-1 109.0 0 9
11. Navarro 5-1 106.0 0 11
12. Hutchinson 5-1 91.0 0 12
13.   Copiah-Lincoln 5-1 83.5 0 14
14. Louisburg 5-1 73.5 0 15
15. NE Oklahoma A&M 5-1 67.5 0 13
16. Iowa Central 5-1 50.5 0 18
17. Central Lakes 6-1 42.5 0 17
18. Rochester 6-1 27.0 0 RV
19. Jones County 4-2 10.5 0 NR
20. College of DuPage 5-2 7.0 0 NR
20. New Mexico Military 4-2 7.0 0 RV

Click Here for Complete Rankings


A Look Back at Week 7’s Top Matchups

#16 Dean (4-2)

14

#10 ASA (6-0)

69




What started as a highly-anticipated NFC showdown quickly got out of hand as No. 10 ASA blew out No. 16 Dean 69-14. The Avengers took an early 7-0 lead when sophomore running back Hosey Williams scampered 55 yards for the game’s first touchdown. Things got out of hand in the second quarter when the Bulldogs of Dean were outscored 42-7 by ASA. Avengers freshman quarterback Daniel Pietrangelo threw for five touchdown passes, four of which went to sophomore wide receiver Ouslet Volcy (right). On the day, Volcy finished with eight catches for 250 yards. The ASA defense continued its dominance, holding the Bulldogs to 191 yards of total offense and just two yards on the ground. Dean freshman quarterback Trevor Volcey struggled all afternoon, completing only 13-of-33 pass attempts.
 

#19 Garden City (4-2)

13

#2 Butler (7-0)

84




The No. 2 Butler Grizzlies did not have a marquee win on their resume in 2012 until Saturday’s 84-13 thumping of No. 19 Garden City. Reaching 84 points for the second time this season, the Butler offense torched the Broncbusters for 680 yards of total offense. Sophomore running back Dreamius Smith racked up 193 rushing yards and three touchdowns for the Grizzlies, while sophomore quarterback Billy Cosh threw for 270 yards and three touchdowns on 18-of-22 passing.
 

#20 Ridgewater (5-2)

15

Rochester (6-1)

47




An early setback has not kept Rochester down this season as the Yellowjackets picked up their sixth win Saturday, pummeling No. 20 Ridgewater 47-15. Rochester maintained their superb pass defense in the victory, holding the Warriors to 73 yards through the air. Offensively, the Yellowjackets were led by 172 rushing yards and three touchdowns by freshman wide receiver Jake Kirsch. Yellowjackets quarterback Kevin Monkam completed 9-of-15 pass attempts for 108 yards and two touchdowns.
 

Holmes (3-3)

0

#5 East Mississippi (6-0)

35




Thursday’s showdown in the MACJC North started off as the close contest that was expected between No. 5 East Mississippi and Holmes. Despite entering halftime knotted up at 0-0, the East Mississippi Lions came out firing in the second half to cruise to a 35-0 victory. Freshman quarterback Quez Johnson led the way for the Lions, connecting on 25-of-53 passes for 354 yards and three touchdowns. Sophomore running back Rodriguez Moore did fulfilled his duties for East Mississippi with 28 carries for 108 yards.


Top NFL Performances from Former NJCAA Student-Athletes

Rob Ninkovich
, LB – New England Patriots (Joliet ‘03) – Ninkovich (right) once again displayed his play-making abilities Sunday as the Patriots topped the Denver Broncos 31-21. The former Wolf forced two fumbles in the victory, including a strip on a sack of Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. Ninkovich later punched the ball out of the arms of Broncos running back Willis McGahee as Denver made a late fourth quarter push. The Patriots and Ninkovich head west Sunday to play the Seattle Seahawks.

Jasper Brinkley, LB – Minnesota Vikings (Georgia Military ‘05) – Brinkley continued to anchor one of the best run defenses in the league Sunday in a 30-7 win over the Tennessee Titans. The former Bulldog forced his first fumble of 2012 by stripping Titans running back Chris Johnson. Brinkley added three tackles in the effort. The Vikings and Brinkley head to Washington next week to face-off against the Redskins.

Daniel Thomas, RB – Miami Dolphins (Northwest Mississippi ‘07) – The Dolphins utilized six crucial points from Thomas Sunday to edge the Cincinnati Bengals 17-13. Thomas scored his second rushing touchdown of the season on a one-yard carry in the second quarter. The former Ranger recorded 29 yards on the ground and added eight receiving yards.


Top NCAA (FBS) Performances from Former NJCAA Student-Athletes

Steven Jenkins
, LB – Texas A&M (Coffeyville ‘10) – With the Aggies trailing 17-10 to Ole Miss in the final minute of the first half, Jenkins (right) came up with a game-changing play. Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace – 2011 NJCAA Offensive Player of the Year from East Mississippi – was hit from behind while throwing, knocking the ball into the air. Jenkins caught the ball and dashed 37 yards into the end zone for the game-tying touchdown. The former Red Raven finished with five tackles in A&M’s 30-27 victory. Jenkins and the No. 22 Aggies will face No. 23 Louisiana Tech Saturday.

Cameron Coffman, QB – Indiana (Arizona Western ‘11) – Despite falling 31-27 to Michigan State, Coffman had another brilliant performance at quarterback. The former Matador was 33-for-48 passing for 282 yards and three touchdowns. The Hoosiers took a 27-14 lead into the half but couldn’t hold on in the final 30 minutes of play. Saturday, Coffman and the Hoosiers face their biggest challenge thus far in 2012 when No. 8 Ohio State comes to town.

Preston Hadley, DB – BYU (Snow ‘10) – In the midst of a defensive struggle, Hadley made his own statement in BYU’s 6-3 win over Utah State. With the Aggies looking to reclaim the lead midway through the third quarter, Hadley came up with an interception at the BYU 2-yard line to preserve the Cougars’ three-point edge. The former Badger completed the victory with six solo tackles, including one for a loss. Hadley and the Cougars host No. 10 Oregon State Saturday.  


How the Top 20 Fared in Week 7
Records reflect results to game.

Top 20 Results
1. Iowa Western (6-0) vs. Arkansas Baptist (1-6) – 81-14 (W)
2. Butler (7-0)
vs. #19 Garden City (4-2) – 84-13 (W)
3. Arizona Western (5-0)
at Phoenix (2-3) – 50-7 (W)
4. Northwest Mississippi (5-0)
at Mississippi Delta (0-6) – 41-13 (W)
5. East Mississippi (6-0)
vs. Holmes (3-3) – 35-0 (W)
6. Nassau (6-0)
at Hudson Valley (0-6) – 47-0 (W)
7. Kilgore (6-0)
at Blinn (2-3) – 28-27 (W)
8. Mississippi Gulf Coast (5-1)
vs. Pearl River (2-4) – 34-0 (W)
9. Snow (5-1)
vs. Pima (1-6) – 45-14 (W)
10. ASA (6-0)
vs. #16 Dean (4-2) – 69-14 (W)
11. Navarro (5-1)
vs. Tyler (3-3) – 52-35 (W)
12. Hutchinson (5-1)
vs. *Air Force Prep66-7 (W)
13. NE Oklahoma A&M (5-1)
at Trinity Valley (2-5) – 24-10 (W)
14. Copiah-Lincoln (5-1)
at Itawamba (3-3) – 17-14 (W)
15. Louisburg (5-1)
vs. Monroe (2-4) – 27-3 (W)
16. Dean (4-2)
at #10 ASA (6-0) – 14-69 (L)
17. Central Lakes (6-1)
vs. Vermilion (1-6) – 53-7 (W)
18. Iowa Central (5-1)
vs. *Morningside JV49-16 (W)
19. Garden City (4-2)
at #2 Butler (7-0) – 13-84 (L)
20. Ridgewater (5-2)
at Rochester (6-1) – 15-47 (L)


Complete NJCAA Week 7 Results (Oct. 4-7)
Click Here to view Conference Standings

Non-Conference
#1 Iowa Western (6-0) def. Arkansas Baptist (1-6) – 81-14
#12 Hutchinson (5-1)
def. *Air Force Prep66-7
#18 Iowa Central (5-1)
def. *Morningside JV49-16
Ellsworth (3-2) def. Dakota-Bottineau (0-5) – 33-0
Georgia Military (4-2)
def. *Hargrave Military27-0
North Dakota SCS (3-2) def. *Columbia Basin35-7
Globe (4-2) at *Thaddeus Stevens16-13
Cisco (2-4) def. *Southeast Prep46-10
Alfred State (3-1)
def. *St. John Fisher JV22-7

KJCCC (Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference)
#2 Butler (7-0) def. #19 Garden City (4-2) – 84-13
Coffeyville (4-2)
def. Highland (1-5) – 7-3
Fort Scott (3-4) def. Independence (3-4) – 54-17

MCAC (Minnesota College Athletic Conference)
Rochester (6-1) def. #20 Ridgewater (5-2) – 47-15
#17 Central Lakes (6-1) def. Vermilion (1-6) – 53-7
Minnesota West (5-2)
def. Minnesota State (1-6) – 37-0
Northland (4-3)
def. Itasca (2-5) – 34-14
Mesabi Range (1-6)
def. Fond du Lac (4-3) – 20-0

MACJC (Mississippi Assoc. of Community & Junior Colleges)
#4 Northwest Mississippi (5-0) def. Mississippi Delta (0-6) – 41-13
#5 East Mississippi (6-0) def. Holmes (3-3) – 35-0
#8 Mississippi Gulf Coast (5-1)
def. Pearl River (2-4) – 34-0
#14 Copiah-Lincoln (5-1)
at Itawamba (3-3) – 17-14
Jones County (4-2) def. East Central (2-4) – 46-21
Hinds (3-3)
def. Southwest Mississippi (0-5) – 38-14
Northeast Mississippi (2-4)
def. Coahoma (1-5) – 21-17

NFC (Northeast Football Conference)
#10 ASA (6-0) def. #16 Dean (4-2) – 69-14
#6 Nassau (6-0)
def. Hudson Valley (0-6) – 47-0
1#15 Louisburg (5-1) def. Monroe (2-4) – 27-3
Lackawanna (4-2)
def. Erie (2-4) – 50-6
1Doesn’t count toward conference records

SWJCFC (Southwest Junior College Football Conference)
#7 Kilgore (6-0) def. Blinn (2-3) – 28-27
#11 Navarro (5-1)
def. Tyler (3-3) – 52-35
#13 NE Oklahoma A&M (5-1) def. Trinity Valley (2-5) – 24-10

WSFL (Western States Football League)
#3 Arizona Western (5-0) def. Phoenix (2-3) – 50-7
#9 Snow (5-1)
def. Pima (1-6) – 45-14
Mesa (4-2) at Scottsdale (3-3) – 20-7
Glendale (3-2) def. Eastern Arizona (2-4) – 14-7


For more information on NJCAA Football, download the 2012 NJCAA Football Media Guide.

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Photos Courtesy of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Iowa Western Community College, ASA College, New England Patriots/Keith Nordstrom photo, Texas A&M Sports Information, Lee Adams/www.jucoweekly.org, Rochester Community & Technical College and Randy Smith/Butler Community College.

 



























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