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Cream rises to the top in Week 6 of NJCAA football
 October 2, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – After a tumultuous first half of the 2012 NJCAA football season, the top teams in the nation flexed their muscles last week and established themselves as championship contenders. The top seven ranked squads maintained their perfect records, while the bottom six schools in the Top 20 poll suffered key losses. 

Top 20 Rankings – Week 7 

  COLLEGE RECORD POINTS 1st VOTES PREV.
1. Iowa Western 5-0 202.0 4 1
2. Butler 6-0 182.0 1 3
3. Arizona Western 4-0 180.5 0 2
4. Northwest Mississippi 4-0 176.0 0 4
5. East Mississippi 5-0 173.5 4 5
6. Nassau 5-0 164.5 0 7
7. Kilgore 5-0 163.0 0 6
8. Mississippi Gulf Coast    4-1 128.5 0 10
9. Snow 4-1 121.0 0 12
10. ASA       5-0 115.5 0 11
11. Navarro 4-1 91.0 0 14
12. Hutchinson 4-1 84.5 0 13
13.   NE Oklahoma A&M 4-1 77.5 0 9
14. Copiah-Lincoln 4-1 73.0 0 RV
15. Louisburg 4-1 66.0 0 8
16. Dean 4-1 46.0 0 RV
17. Central Lakes 5-1 34.5 0 RV
18. Iowa Central 4-1 31.0 0 RV
19. Garden City 4-1 20.5 0 NR
20. Ridgewater 5-1 19.5 0 17

Click Here for Complete Rankings


A Look Back at Week 6’s Top Matchups

Georgia Military (3-2)

35

#1 Iowa Western (5-0)

55

What started as a close matchup for Iowa Western – in their first ever game as the nation’s top-ranked team – quickly turned into a blowout as the No. 1 Reivers cruised to a 55-35 victory over Georgia Military. The Bulldogs gave Iowa Western all they could handle in the early-going and went into halftime trailing only 27-21. The Reivers quickly put the game out of reach in the second half however, when sophomore defensive lineman Devon Nash intercepted a Georgia Military pass and took it 80 yards for the touchdown. Iowa Western sophomore quarterback Jake Waters (right) was 19-of-28 passing for 323 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 81 yards and two more scores. Georgia Military was led by sophomore running back Mario Alford who finished with 136 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

#20 Itawamba (3-2)

7

#4 Northwest Mississippi (4-0)

49

No. 4 Northwest Mississippi made a statement Thursday with a 49-7 thrashing of #20 Itawamba. Starting off the game with 49 unanswered points, the Rangers were clicking on both sides of the ball all evening. Rangers sophomore running back Teshadi Talton (above) showcased his all-purpose abilities with four receptions for 103 yards and two touchdowns, while sophomore quarterback Domonique Harris completed 15-of-25 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns. Holding the Indians to just 185 yards of total offense, Northwest Mississippi’s defense maintained a shutout until the 1:20 mark of the fourth quarter.

#15 Scottsdale (3-2)

14

#12 Snow (4-1)

52

Despite their emphasis on running the ball this season, the No. 12 Snow Badgers aired the ball out Saturday in a 52-14 rout of No. 15 Scottsdale. Having only thrown for 177.5 yards per game coming into the meeting, Snow sophomore quarterback Christian Stewart surprised the Artichokes with 452 yards and five touchdowns through the air. Sophomore running back Breon Allen passed the century-mark in rushing again for the Badgers with 123 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries.

Dean (4-1)

36

#8 Louisburg (4-1)

22

It wasn’t long before No. 8 Louisburg realized they were in trouble Saturday as the Hurricanes fell 36-22 at the hands of Dean. The Bulldogs outscored Louisburg 29-7 in the first three quarters of play. Dean freshman quarterback Trevor Vasey completed 16-of-26 passes for 386 yards and five touchdowns in the victory. Vasey's main target was freshman wide receiver Jalen Williams who hauled in three touchdowns catches. Freshman quarterback Madison Mills struggled for Louisburg, throwing three interceptions.


Top NFL Performances from Former NJCAA Student-Athletes

Jeremy Mincey
, DL – Jacksonville Jaguars (Butler ‘03) – The Jaguars fell 27-10 to the visiting Cincinnati Bengals despite two fumbles forced by Mincey (right). With the Jaguar defense backed up at their own 1-yard line, the former Grizzly punched the ball out of the arms of Bengals’ running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis as he dove for the endzone. Mincey added four solo tackles and assisted on another in the effort. Sunday, Mincey and the Jaguars host the Chicago Bears.

Cam Newton, QB – Carolina Panthers (Blinn ‘09) – Newton fell just short of leading the Panthers to an upset over the Atlanta Falcons, falling 30-28. Completing 15-of 24 passes, Newton threw for 215 yards and two touchdowns in the defeat. The former Buccaneer also carried the ball nine times for 86 yards and dove head first on a quarterback draw for a 4-yard touchdown run. Newton and the Panthers will try to get back on track Sunday when they host the Seattle Seahawks.

Lavonte David, LB – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Fort Scott '09) – It didn’t take long for David to adjust to the NFL as the former Greyhound led the Buccaneers defense in a 24-22 loss to the Washington Redskins. David racked up a game-high 14 tackles, including 12 solo and three for a loss. David and Tampa Bay will enjoy a bye this week.


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

Zach Mettenberger
, QB – LSU (Butler ‘10) – Despite a slow start against Towson, the LSU Tigers pulled out a 38-22 victory behind Mettenberger’s best effort this season. The former Grizzly was 15-of-26 passing for 238 yards and two touchdowns. Saturday, Mettenberger (right) will face his toughest challenge thus far in his NCAA career when No. 4 LSU travels to No. 10 Florida.

Harry Peoples, WR – Louisiana-Lafayette (Holmes ‘10) – Peoples exploded onto the scene Saturday in the Ragin’ Cajuns’ 48-20 win over Florida International. The former Bulldog was on the receiving end of 10 of his quarterback's 16 completions. Peoples finished with 151 receiving yards and a 78-yard touchdown catch. Louisiana-Lafayette and Peoples will host Tulane Saturday.

Chip Thompson, DB – East Carolina (Hinds ‘11) – In a game where former NJCAA stars combined for four interceptions, Thompson shined the brightest in the Pirates’ 28-18 victory over UTEP. Thompson, a former Hinds Eagle, intercepted two passes and broke up another in the contest. Thompson also finished the game with eight tackles, four solo. East Carolina and Thompson play Thursday at Central Florida.


How the Top 20 Fared in Week 6 
Records reflect results to game.

Top 20 Results
1. Iowa Western (5-0) vs. Georgia Military (3-2) – 55-35 (W)
2. Arizona Western (4-0)
at Eastern Arizona (2-3) – 20-6 (W)
3. Butler (6-0)
vs. *Air Force Prep49-6 (W)
4. Northwest Mississippi (4-0)
vs. #20 Itawamba (3-2) – 49-7 (W)
5. East Mississippi (5-0)
at Coahoma (1-4) – 48-17 (W)
6. Kilgore (5-0)
at Cisco (1-4) – 29-14 (W)
7. Nassau (5-0)
vs. Lackawanna (3-2) – 31-24 (W)
8. Louisburg (4-1)
vs. Dean (4-1) – 22-36 (L)
9. NE Oklahoma A&M (4-1)
at Tyler (3-2) – 59-65 (L – 2OT)
10. Mississippi Gulf Coast (4-1)
vs. Northeast Mississippi (1-4) – 61-7 (W)
11. ASA (5-0)
at *Widener JV67-0 (W)
12. Snow (4-1)
vs. #15 Scottsdale (3-2) – 52-14 (W)
13. Hutchinson (4-1)
at Highland (1-4) – 49-12 (W)
14. Navarro (4-1)
at Trinity Valley (2-4) – 21-10 (W)
15. Scottsdale (3-2)
at #12 Snow (4-1) – 14-52 (L)
16. College of DuPage (4-2)
at Ellsworth (2-2) – 42-49 (L)
17. Ridgewater (5-1)
vs. Fond du Lac (4-2) – 12-20 (L)
18. Jones County (3-2)
at Copiah-Lincoln (4-1) – 29-33 (L)
19. Minnesota West (4-2)
vs. Central Lakes (5-1) – 20-21 (L)
20. Itawamba (3-2)
at #4 Northwest Mississippi (4-0) – 7-49 (L)


Complete NJCAA Week 6 Results (Sept. 27-30)
Click Here to view Conference Standings

Non-Conference
Arkansas Baptist (1-5) at *Chattahoochee Tech32-29
#1 Iowa Western (5-0) def. Georgia Military (3-2) – 55-35
North Dakota SCS (2-2) def. Dakota-Bottineau (0-4) – 45-6
#3 Butler (6-0) def. *Air Force Prep49-6
Monroe (2-3) def. Globe (3-2) – 28-14
Iowa Central (4-1) def. *Grand View JV24-7
#11 ASA (5-0) def. *Widener JV67-0

KJCCC (Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference)
#13 Hutchinson (4-1) def. Highland (1-4) – 49-12
Independence (3-3) def. Dodge City (0-6) – 42-14
Garden City (4-1)
def. Fort Scott (2-4) – 42-13

MFC (Midwest Football Conference)
Ellsworth (2-2) def. #16 College of DuPage (4-2) – 49-42

MCAC (Minnesota College Athletic Conference)
Mesabi Range (2-4) def. Itasca (1-5) – 35-15
Rochester (5-1) def. Minnesota State (1-5) – 40-0
Central Lakes (5-1) def. #19 Minnesota West (4-2) – 21-20
Northland (3-3) def. Vermilion (0-6) – 41-14
Fond du Lac (4-2) def. #17 Ridgewater (5-1) – 20-12

MACJC (Mississippi Assoc. of Community & Junior Colleges)
#5 East Mississippi (5-0) at Coahoma (1-4) – 48-17
#4 Northwest Mississippi (4-0) def. #20 Itawamba (3-2) – 49-7
#10 Mississippi Gulf Coast (4-1) def. Northeast Mississippi (1-4) – 61-7
Pearl River (2-3) def. Southwest Mississippi (0-4) – 32-27
Copiah-Lincoln (4-1) def. #18 Jones County (3-2) – 33-29
East Central (2-3) def. Hinds (2-3) – 26-21
Holmes (3-2) def. Mississippi Delta (0-5) – 24-14

NFC (Northeast Football Conference)
Dean (4-1) def. #8 Louisburg (4-1) – 36-22
#7 Nassau (5-0) def. Lackawanna (3-2) – 31-24
Erie (2-3) def. Hudson Valley (0-5) – 7-6

SWJCFC (Southwest Junior College Football Conference)
Tyler (3-2) def. #9 Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (4-1) – 65-59 (2OT)
#6 Kilgore (5-0) at Cisco (1-4) – 29-14
#14 Navarro (4-1) def. Trinity Valley (2-4) – 21-10

WSFL (Western States Football League)
#12 Snow (4-1) def. #15 Scottsdale (3-2) – 52-14
New Mexico Military (4-2) def. Phoenix (2-2) – 42-10
#2 Arizona Western (4-0) def. Eastern Arizona (2-3) – 20-6
Mesa (3-2) def. Pima (1-5) – 43-0


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

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Photos Courtesy of Tyler Morning Telegraph, Northwest Mississippi Community College, Iowa Western Community College, Jacksonville Jaguars/Rick Wilson, LSU Sports Infromation and Snow College.

 



























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