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Exciting matchups cover NJCAA Football landscape in Week 9
 October 16, 2013

NJCAA Football Week 9 Preview

Some of the most compelling games of the 2013 NJCAA Football schedule take center stage this week as four ranked teams go head-to-head and six of the nation’s Top 20 face opponents with winning records. 


NJCAA Game of the Week

#5 Copiah-Lincoln (6-1) at #7 Mississippi Gulf Coast (6-1)
Saturday, 2:00 p.m. (CT) –
WATCH LIVE

With the MACJC South Division still up for grabs in the final two weeks of the season, Saturday’s clash between No. 5 Copiah-Lincoln and No. 7 Mississippi Gulf Coast will have major implications on where the two teams go from here.
Although Jones County can clinch the division title Thursday with a win at Southwest Mississippi, the winner of Saturday's matchup will lock up the division's No. 2 seed in the conference playoffs.

Since their 52-42 defeat at the hands of Jones County, Mississippi Gulf Coast has rattled off three straight wins by holding each of their opponents to under 18 points. The Bulldogs’ sensational secondary is holding teams to under 170 passing yards per game. Offensively, All-American wide receiver D’haquille Williams leads the team with 30 receptions for 435 yards and six touchdowns. Coming out of the backfield, sophomore running back Antwan Wells has compiled 807 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2013.

Leading the nation with 14.4 tackles per game, sophomore linebacker Jordan Harris has been the anchor of Copiah-Lincoln’s top 20 defense. The Wolves’ have held their opponents to just 281.7 yards and 19.7 points per game this season. Saturday’s matchup could be decided by the tandem of freshman quarterback Daniel Fitzwater and sophomore wide receiver Casey Gladney.
Mississippi Gulf Coast Athletics
With a win, D'haquille Williams and the #7 Bulldogs can lock up an MACJC playoff spot.
Fitzwater has thrown for 1,928 yards and 16 touchdowns this year, while
Gladney has 37 receptions for 658 yards and seven touchdowns.





Other Key Games Around the Country

#3 Tyler (7-0) at #17 Trinity Valley (5-2)
Saturday, 3:00 p.m. (CT) –
LISTEN LIVE

No. 3 Tyler will have an opportunity to lock up their first SWJCFC regular season championship 2003 when No. 17 Trinity Valley comes to town. Tyler sophomore running back Leroy Dobbins has over 100 yards rushing in five of the Apaches’ seven games and ranks third in the land with 137.5 yards per game this year. Trinity Valley’s passing attack is led by sophomore quarterback Ryan Polite who has thrown for 2,136 yards and 18 touchdowns.


#9 Rochester (7-0) at Minnesota West (5-2)
Saturday, 1:30 p.m. (CT) –
LISTEN LIVE

Although No. 9 Rochester has already clinched the MCAC Southern Division, they can avoid a potential rematch with Minnesota West in the conference playoffs with a win over the Bluejays Saturday. Led by sophomore Justin Carr and Joe Strike, the Yellowjackets defense is allowing just 49.6 rushing yards per game this season – second fewest in the country. Minnesota West will put that ranking to the test with sophomore running back Reuben Linton II who has rushed for 797 yards and ranks third in the nation with 14 touchdowns on the ground in 2013.


Nassau (6-1) at Dean (5-2)
Saturday, 12:00 p.m. (ET)


Coming off a disappointing loss to top-ranked Georgia Military, the Nassau Lions must turnaround Saturday to face Dean in a crucial NFC battle. Still undefeated in conference play, Nassau will try to stay on course for the NFC championship. Holding their first six opponents of 2013 to under 21 points, the Lions defense will try to rebound after giving up 45 in last week’s loss. With three freshman quarterbacks, the Dean Bulldogs rely on the backfield duo of sophomore Adriell Mayes and freshman Quran Hughes. The pair of running backs have combined for 620 yards and six touchdowns on the ground this season.





The Top 20 in Week 8 
*Non-NJCAA member school

#2 East Mississippi (7-0) at Northwest Mississippi (1-6)
Thursday6:30 p.m. (CT)

#3 Tyler (7-0) at #17 Trinity Valley (5-2)
Saturday3:00 p.m. (CT)

Ellsworth (2-5) at #4 Iowa Western (7-1)
Saturday2:30 p.m. (CT)

#5 Copiah-Lincoln (6-1) at #7 Mississippi Gulf Coast (6-1)
Saturday2:00 p.m. (CT)

#6 Jones County (6-1) at Southwest Mississippi (2-5)
Thursday3:00 p.m. (CT)

#8 Scottsdale (6-1) at Phoenix (0-7)
Saturday7:00 p.m. (PT)

#9 Rochester (7-0) at Minnesota West (5-2)
Saturday1:30 p.m. (CT)
Rochester Athletics
RB Josh Schliesmann and Rochester look to end Minnesota West's season Saturday.

#10 Arizona Western (7-1) at Snow (2-6)
Saturday12:00 p.m. (MT)

Garden City (4-3) at #11 Dodge City (6-1)
Saturday7:00 p.m. (CT)

#12 Butler (5-1) at Coffeyville (3-4)
Saturday7:00 p.m. (CT)

Ridgewater (5-2) at #13 Central Lakes (6-1)
Saturday1:30 p.m. (CT)

#14 Navarro (5-2) at Blinn (3-4)
Saturday3:00 p.m. (CT)

#15 Mesa (5-2) at Glendale (2-5)
Saturday7:00 p.m. (PT)

Holmes (2-5) at #16 Hinds (5-2)
Thursrday7:00 p.m. (CT)

*Atlanta Sports Academy
at #18 ASA (4-1)
Saturday12:00 p.m. (ET)

Fort Scott (1-6) at #19 Hutchinson (5-2)
Saturday7:00 p.m. (CT)

Northeast Mississippi (3-4) at #20 Itawamba (5-2)
Thursday7:00 p.m. (CT)

Dean Athletics
Dean and WR Tye Richardson will seek an upset over NFC rival Nassau Saturday.
Byes: #1 Georgia Military

Check out this week’s full Top 20 rankings





Complete NJCAA Football Week 9 Schedule (Oct. 17-20)
It is the responsibility of each NJCAA school to post their own scores to the NJCAA website using the Presto Sports NJCAA Stat System.


Thursday, Oct. 17th

MCAC (All Times CT)
Northland (5-2) at Mesabi Range (1-6) – 2:00 p.m.
Minnesota State (1-6) at Itasca (0-7) – 2:00 p.m.

MACJC (All Times CT)
#2 East Mississippi (7-0) at Northwest Mississippi (1-6) – 6:30 p.m.
#6 Jones County (6-1) at Southwest Mississippi (2-5) – 6:30 p.m.
Holmes (2-5) at #16 Hinds (5-2) – 7:00 p.m.
Northeast Mississippi (3-4) at #20 Itawamba (5-2) – 7:00 p.m.


Friday, Oct. 18th

NON-CONFERENCE
(All Times CT  - *Non-Member School)
*Mayville State at Dakota-Bottineau (6-1) – 6:00 p.m.

MCAC (All Times CT)
Vermilion (3-4) at Fond du Lac (2-5) – 2:00 p.m.


Saturday, Oct. 19th

NON-CONFERENCE (All Times ET  - *Non-Member School)
*Atlanta Sports Academy at #18 ASA (4-1) – 12:00 p.m.
Erie (1-5) at *Alfred State – 1:00 p.m.
1Arkansas Baptist vs. Iowa Central – 1:00 p.m.
*Army JV at Globe (3-2) – 1:30 p.m.
*Southeast Prep at Kilgore (3-4) – 4:00 p.m.
1Kansas City, Kan.

KJCCC (All Times CT)
Fort Scott (1-6) at #19 Hutchinson (5-2) – 7:00 p.m.
#12 Butler (5-1) at Coffeyville (3-4) – 7:00 p.m.
Garden City (4-3) at #11 Dodge City (6-1) – 7:00 p.m.

MFC (All Times CT)
DuPage (4-2) at North Dakota SCS (2-4) – 1:00 p.m.
Ellsworth (2-5) at #4 Iowa Western (7-1) – 2:30 p.m.

MCAC (All Times CT)
#9 Rochester (7-0) at Minnesota West (5-2) – 1:30 p.m.
Ridgewater (5-2) at #13 Central Lakes (6-1) – 1:30 p.m.

MACJC (All Times CT)
Coahoma (1-6) at Mississippi Delta (1-6) – 2:00 p.m.
#5 Copiah-Lincoln (6-1) at #7 Mississippi Gulf Coast (6-1) – 2:00 p.m.
East Central (1-6) at Pearl River (3-4) – 2:00 p.m.

NFC (All Times ET)
Nassau (6-1) at Dean (5-2) – 12:00 p.m.
Lackawanna (3-4) at Monroe (3-3) – 1:30 p.m.

SWJCFC (All Times CT)
#14 Navarro (5-2) at Blinn (3-4) – 3:00 p.m.
#3 Tyler (7-0) at #17 Trinity Valley (5-2) – 3:00 p.m.
Cisco (1-5) at NE Oklahoma A&M (2-5) – 3:00 p.m.

WSFL (All Times MST)
#10 Arizona Western (7-1) at Snow (2-6) – 11:00 a.m.
Pima (3-4) at New Mexico Military (5-3) – 1:00 p.m.
#15 Mesa (5-2) at Glendale (2-5) – 7:00 p.m.
#8 Scottsdale (6-1) at Phoenix (0-7) – 7:00 p.m.


Sunday, Oct. 20th

NON-CONFERENCE (All Times CT  - *Non-Member School)
Hudson Valley (1-4) at *Union JV – 1:00 p.m.




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