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List of undefeateds shrinks after Week 9 of NJCAA football
 October 23, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – As the 2012 NJCAA football regular season draws to a close, the number of teams vying for conference titles or a shot at the national championship is dwindling. Another perfect record was shot down in Week 9, leaving only six unbeaten teams battling in the final weeks of play.

Top 20 Rankings – Week 10

RANK COLLEGE RECORD POINTS 1ST VOTES PREV.
1. Iowa Western 8-0 203.0 5 1
2. Butler 8-0 189.0 1 2
3. East Mississippi 8-0 182.5 3 3
4. Arizona Western 6-0 180.5 0 4
5. Nassau 8-0 172.5 0 6
6. ASA 8-0 147.0 0 7
7. Navarro 8-0 137.0 0 8
8. NE Oklahoma A&M    7-1 129.5 0 9
9. Mississippi Gulf Coast 7-1 125.0 0 11
10. Snow      7-1 121.0 0 10
11. Northwest Mississippi 6-1 101.5 0 5
12. Kilgore 7-1 98.5 0 13
13.   Hutchinson 7-1 96.0 0 12
14. Central Lakes 8-1 69.5 0 15
15. Louisburg 6-1 60.5 0 16
16. Rochester 8-1 57.0 0 17
17. Copiah-Lincoln 6-2 37.0 0 14
18. Jones County 6-2 30.0 0 18
19. College of DuPage 6-2 23.5 0 19
20. Ellsworth 5-2 14.5 0 NR

Click Here for Complete Rankings

A Look Back at Week 8’s Top Matchups

#5 Northwest Mississippi (6-1)

49

#3 East Mississippi (8-0)

56

Last week’s wild shootout of the MACJC North title ended with No. 3 East Mississippi outlasting the No. 5 Rangers of Northwest Mississippi. Trading scores for a majority of the game, the two foes combined for 1,281 yards of total offense. Rangers sophomore quarterback Domonique Harris threw for 421 yards and four touchdowns but also fell victim to five costly interceptions. On the Lions’ side of the ball, freshman quarterback Quez Johnson completed 30-of-44 passes for 381 yards and four touchdowns. East Mississippi sophomore wide receiver Corey Smith hauled in 10 of Johnson’s passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns. Johnson added 114 rushing yards and three touchdowns on the ground to go along with sophomore running back Rodriguez Moore’s 144 yards rushing.

#11 Miss. Gulf Coast (7-1)

54

#14 Copiah-Lincoln (6-2)

21

After trailing No. 14 Copiah-Lincoln in the MACJC South standings for the past four weeks, No. 11 Mississippi Gulf Coast quickly established themselves as the superior team in a 54-21 rout of the Wolves. Taking a 20-0 lead in the first quarter, the Bulldogs’ offense was firing on all cylinders. Gulf Coast sophomore quarterback Clint Hatten threw for three touchdowns – two of which went to freshman wide receiver D’haquille Williams – and punched in another on the ground. With the victory, Gulf Coast pulled into a virtual three-way tie for first in the division with the Wolves and Jones County.

Iowa Central (5-3)

7

#1 Iowa Western (8-0)

73

No. 1 Iowa Western continued their dominance in a 73-7 romping of Iowa Central. Reivers sophomore quarterback Jake Waters had another big performance with 428 yards and five touchdowns on 29-of-35 passing. Iowa Western sophomore wide receiver Deon Long also continued his record-breaking pace in 2012 with 11 catches for 216 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, the Reivers held the Tritons to only 79 yards through the air and 225 yards of total offense. The blowout setup a battle for the MFC regular season title Saturday when Iowa Western travels to Ellsworth.


Top NFL Performances from Former NJCAA Student-Athletes

Rob NinkovichLB – New England Patriots (Joliet ‘03) – Ninkovich (right) continued to display his knack for causing turnovers in key situations in the Patriots’ 29-26 overtime win over the New York Jets. The former Wolf single-handedly ended the game by sacking Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, forcing a fumble and recovering the lose ball. Ninkovich and the Patriots go on the road Sunday to play the St. Louis Rams.

Johnathan Joseph, DB – Houston Texans (Coffeyville ‘03) – In the Texans’ 43-13 thrashing of the Baltimore Ravens, Joseph came up with a game-changing play that sparked Houston’s rout. On the first play of the second quarter, the former Red Raven picked off Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco and returned it 52 yards for a touchdown. Joseph completed the game with four solo tackles and assisted on another. The Texans and Joseph will enjoy a bye this week.

Cam Newton, QB – Carolina Panthers (Blinn ‘09) – Despite falling 19-14 to the Dallas Cowboys, Newton had one of his best performances of the season. The former Buccaneer completed 21-of-37 passes for 233 yards, including a 5-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Brandon LaFell. Newton added six carries and 64 yards rushing to the effort. Sunday, Newton and the Panthers head north to face-off against the Chicago Bears.


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

Deon Anthony, QB – Troy (Hinds ‘11) – Anthony (right) put on his best performance with the Trojans last week, totaling 390 yards of offense in a 38-37 victory over Florida International. The former Eagle completed 29-of-41 passes for 245 yards and three touchdowns. On the ground, Anthony carried the ball 19 times for a game-high 145 yards and two touchdowns. Saturday, Anthony and Troy pack their bags for the Sunshine State as they take on Florida Atlantic.

Vintavious Cooper, RB – East Carolina (Southwest Mississippi ‘11) – The former Bear exploded for 202 all-purpose yards as the Pirates edged UAB 42-35. Cooper recorded a game-high 173 yards rushing and punched in two touchdowns on 26 attempts. Coming out of the backfield, Cooper added a 30-yard touchdown reception to his totals. Returning home Saturday, East Carolina and Cooper play host to Navy.

Myles White, WR – Louisiana Tech (Northwest Mississippi ‘10) – Although teammate and former NJCAA student-athlete Quinton Patton has garnered most of the recognition this season, White established himself as a breakout receiver in his own right in the Bulldogs’ 70-28 victory over Idaho. The former Ranger led the team with six catches for 100 yards and a touchdown. White and the Bulldogs have a road trip to New Mexico State Saturday.


How the Top 20 Fared in Week 9
Records reflect results to game.

Top 20 Results
1. Iowa Western (8-0) vs. Iowa Central (5-3) – 73-7 (W)
2. Butler (8-0)
vs. Coffeyville (5-3) – 45-13 (W)
3. East Mississippi (8-0)
vs. #5 Northwest Mississippi (6-1) – 56-49 (W)
4. Arizona Western (6-0)
vs. Mesa (4-4) – 78-20 (W)
5. Northwest Mississippi (6-1)
at #3 East Mississippi (8-0) – 49-56 (L)
6. Nassau (8-0)
vs. #20 Dean (5-3) – 38-20 (W)
7. ASA (8-0)
vs. Erie (2-6) – 24-10 (W)
8. Navarro (7-1)
vs. Blinn (2-5) – 35-10 (W)
9. NE Oklahoma A&M (7-1)
at Cisco (2-6) – 49-21 (W)
10. Snow (7-1)
at New Mexico Military (4-4) – 45-27 (W)
11. Mississippi Gulf Coast (7-1)
at #14 Copiah-Lincoln (6-2) – 54-21 (W)
12. Hutchinson (7-1)
at Fort Scott (3-5) – 37-14 (W)
13. Kilgore (7-1)
vs. *Southeast Prep53-0 (W)
14. Copiah-Lincoln (6-2)
vs. #11 Mississippi Gulf Coast (7-1) – 21-54 (L)
15. Central Lakes (8-1)
vs. Minnesota West (5-4) – 21-0 (W)
16. Louisburg (6-1)
vs. Hudson Valley (1-7) – 30-0 (W)
17. Rochester (8-1)
vs. Ridgewater (5-4) – 52-7 (W)
18. Jones County (6-2)
vs. Southwest Mississippi (0-7) – 34-0 (W)
19. College of DuPage (6-2)
at Arkansas Baptist (1-7) – 24-14 (W)
20. Dean (5-3)
at #6 Nassau (8-0) – 20-38 (L)


Complete NJCAA Week 9 Results (Oct. 18-21)
Click Here to view Conference Standings

MCAC Playoffs (Minnesota College Athletic Conference)
Northland (6-3) def. Itasca (2-7) – 22-7
#15 Central Lakes (8-1) def. Minnesota West (5-4) – 21-0
#17 Rochester (8-1) def. Ridgewater (5-4) – 52-7
Fond du Lac (6-3) def. Vermilion (1-8) – 60-0

Non-Conference
Dakota-Bottineau (1-6) at *Mayville JV30-7
*Apprentice School
def. Alfred State (3-3) – 35-21
#19 College of DuPage (6-2) def. Arkansas Baptist (1-7) – 24-14
Georgia Military (5-3) def. *Atlanta Sports Academy24-13
*Army Prep def. Globe (5-3) – 39-34
#13 Kilgore (7-1) def. *Southeast Prep53-0

KJCCC (Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference)
#12 Hutchinson (7-1) def. Fort Scott (3-5) – 37-14
Garden City (6-2) def. Dodge City (0-8) – 61-20
#2 Butler (8-0) def. Coffeyville (5-3) – 45-13

MFC (Midwest Football Conference)
Ellsworth (5-2) def. North Dakota SCS (3-4) – 43-28
#1 Iowa Western (8-0) def. Iowa Central (5-3) – 73-7

MACJC (Mississippi Assoc. of Community & Junior Colleges)
Pearl River (3-5) def. East Central (3-5) – 37-7
#3 East Mississippi (8-0) def. #5 Northwest Mississippi (6-1) – 56-49
Holmes (4-4) def. Hinds (3-5) – 35-34
Mississippi Delta (1-7)
def. Coahoma (1-7) – 34-0
Itawamba (5-3) def. Northeast Mississippi (2-6) – 36-15
#11 Mississippi Gulf Coast (7-1) def. #14 Copiah-Lincoln (6-2) – 54-21
#18 Jones County (6-2) def. Southwest Mississippi (0-7) – 34-0

NFC (Northeast Football Conference)
#16 Louisburg (6-1) def. Hudson Valley (1-7) – 30-0
#6 Nassau (8-0) def. #20 Dean (5-3) – 38-20
#7 ASA (8-0) def. Erie (2-6) – 24-10
1Lackawanna (5-3) def. Monroe (2-6) – 48-10
1Doesn’t count toward conference records

SWJCFC (Southwest Junior College Football Conference)
#9 NE Oklahoma A&M (7-1) def. Cisco (2-6) – 49-21
#8 Navarro (7-1) def. Blinn (2-5) – 35-10
Tyler (5-3) def. Trinity Valley (3-6) – 37-16

WSFL (Western States Football League)
#10 Snow (7-1) def. New Mexico Military (4-4) – 45-27
Phoenix (3-4) def. Eastern Arizona (3-5) – 10-6.
Glendale (5-2) def. Pima (1-8) – 35-17
#4 Arizona Western (6-0) def. Mesa (4-4) – 78-20


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

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