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Championship Week has arrived for NJCAA Football
 November 8, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Only one week of NJCAA football remains before the start of bowl season and that can only mean one thing: championship week. This week, four conferences have their respective championship games on tap while two more have de facto championship games in the final week of their regular season. Having all four undefeated teams in action, national championship implications surround nearly every game on the schedule.


In recognition of Championship Week, keep an eye out on Twitter for #ChampionshipWeek. The NJCAA is asking all of the programs, fans and media involved to use the hash tag when tweeting about one of our conference championship games to further spread the growing interest in NJCAA football. The trend will continue during the week for the DI and DII volleyball championships and the DI men’s and women’s soccer championships. Stay up-to-date with the NJCAA by following @njcaa and receive live alerts of our live broadcasts by following @NJCAATV.

NJCAA Game of the Week

Game for the NFC Championship
#3 Nassau (9-0) at #5 ASA (8-0)
Saturday, 11:00 a.m. (ET)

Entering the final week of the 2012 season, No. 3 Nassau and No. 5 ASA will put their perfect records on the line for the NFC championship. With both the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in action this week, the winner of this game could find themselves playing for the national championship.

Statistically, the ASA Avengers have been the most dominant team in the nation this season. The Avengers offense ranks second in scoring, lighting up the scoreboard with 52.6 points per game. ASA’s fourth-ranked rushing attack is headed by sophomore running back Hosey Williams who is only seven yards shy of surpassing 1,000 yards on the season. On the defensive side of the ball, the Avengers have held their opponents to only 48 points in eight games which is less than seven points per game. That has translated into ASA outscoring their opponents 421-48 with their average margin of victory sitting at 46.6 points per game.

Despite the lack of gaudy numbers posted by their opponent, the Nassau Lions have been a dominant force in their own right. Lions freshman running back Travis Lock and sophomore running back Louis Johnson have both rushed for over 800 yards this season, supplying Nassau with the country’s top running attack. Defensively, Nassau ranks fourth in the nation with only 10.6 points allowed per game in 2012. The Lions will depend on their top 20 rush defense to slow down Williams and the rest of ASA’s run game.

Other Games to Watch

KJCCC Championship Game
#12 Hutchinson (8-2) at #2 Butler (10-0) – Sunday, 1:30 p.m. (CT) – LISTEN LIVE

A little more than two weeks after No. 12 Hutchinson and No. 2 Butler battled for the KJCCC regular season title, the two squads take the field again Sunday in the KJCCC Championship Game. In their first meeting, the Blue Dragons of Hutchinson saw their top five offensive attack smothered by the Grizzlies’ top five defense in a 40-7 shellacking. The Blue Dragons need a stellar performance from sophomore running back Terrell Lane who leads the nation in rushing with 1,537 yards in 2012. Butler has their own dominant running back in sophomore Dreamius Smith who ranks 10th in the NJCAA with 959 yards on the ground. Both teams enter Sunday’s matchup boasting top five offenses so once again look for the best defensive performance to decide the victor.

SWJCFC Championship Game
#9 Navarro (8-2) at #4 Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (9-1) – Saturday, 1:00 p.m. (CT) – LISTEN LIVE

Two weeks after a dropping a heart-breaking 26-24 defeat to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, No. 9 Navarro returns to Miami for a rematch with the No. 4 Golden Norse and a shot at the SWJCFC title. A 34-yard field goal by Golden Norse freshman kicker Kevin King with 1:54 remaining proved to be the game-winner for Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in the first affair. Having won the last two SWJCFC championship games, the Bulldogs will shoot for the three-peat Saturday using sophomore running back Traylon Shead as their ammunition. The Golden Norse will need another top-notch effort from sophomore quarterback Clayton Mitchem who has thrown for 24 touchdown passes and ran for 10 more.

MACJC Championship Game
#11 Copiah-Lincoln (8-2) at #6 Mississippi Gulf Coast (9-1) – Saturday, 2:00 p.m. (CT) –
It will be an all-South Division affair at the MACJC Championship game when No. 6 Mississippi Gulf Coast clashes with No. 11 Copiah-Lincoln. In their mid-October regular-season battle, the Bulldogs from the Gulf Coast went on the road to trounce Copiah-Lincoln, 54-21. The Bulldogs dominated in the trenches, outgaining the Wolves 366-5 in rushing yards. Mississippi Gulf Coast freshman running back Detrick Goff rushed for 143 yards in the contest and has a team-high 10 rushing touchdowns this season. Sophomore quarterback Chandler Rogers will be the Wolves’ main weapon having thrown for 2,387 yards and 22 touchdowns in 2012. Defensively, the edge goes to the Bulldogs who have held their opponents to nearly half the number of yards as Copiah-Lincoln has given up.

MFC Championship Game
Ellsworth (6-3) at #1 Iowa Western (10-0) – Saturday, 1:00 p.m. (CT) – WATCH LIVE  LISTEN LIVE

One win away from their first ever conference championship and a chance to play for their first national championship, No. 1 Iowa Western will host Ellsworth in the MFC Championship Game. Crushing the Panthers 65-14 in the regular season, the Iowa Western Reivers are expecting another outstanding game from sophomore quarterback Jake Waters and sophomore wide receiver Deon Long. While Waters is on pace to break the NJCAA single-season record for completion percentage, Long has already set a new single-season mark for receiving touchdowns with 24. With presumably two games remaining, Long is only 14 receptions and 171 receiving yards shy of the all-time single-season records in both of those categories as well. For Ellsworth, it will be up to freshman quarterback Jordan Doyle to keep up with the Reivers’ high-octane offense.

Game for the WSFL Championship
#7 Snow (9-1) at #8 Arizona Western (7-1) – Saturday, 7:00 p.m. (MT)

Although Saturday’s encounter between No. 7 Snow and No. 8 Arizona Western doesn’t take the label of a championship game, the conference championship will be decided in Yuma. A win by the Snow Badgers would give them the out-right WSFL crown, whereas a victory for the Matadors would guarantee Arizona Western at least a share of the conference title. Both teams enter the game with top 10 offenses that like to strike a balance between the running and passing games. Badgers sophomore quarterback Christian Stewart has thrown for 2,407 yards and 31 touchdowns this season, while sophomore running back Breon Allen has ran for 1,490 yards and 18 touchdowns. The Matadors will continue to depend on the efficient play of freshman quarterback Tanner McEvoy who has thrown 21 touchdown passes against only three interceptions in 2012.

This Week in the Top 20
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Scores are also updated on the “Scoreboard” section of the
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This Week in the Top 20
1. Iowa Western (10-0) vs. Ellsworth (6-3) – Saturday, 1:00 p.m.
2. Butler (10-0) vs. #12 Hutchinson (8-2) – Sunday, 1:30 p.m.
3. Nassau (9-0) at #5 ASA (8-0) – 11:00 a.m.
4. NE Oklahoma A&M (9-1) vs. #9 Navarro (8-2) – Saturday, 1:00 p.m.
5. ASA (8-0) vs. #3 Nassau (9-0) – Saturday, 11:00 a.m.
6. Mississippi Gulf Coast (9-1) vs. #11 Copiah-Lincoln (8-2) – Saturday, 2:00 p.m.
7. Snow (9-1) at #8 Arizona Western (7-1) – Saturday, 7:00 p.m.
8. Arizona Western (7-1) vs. #7 Snow (9-1) – Saturday, 7:00 p.m.
9. Navarro (8-2) at #4 NE Oklahoma A&M (9-1) – Saturday, 1:00 p.m.
10. Central Lakes (10-1) has completed schedule.
11. Copiah-Lincoln (8-2) at #6 Mississippi Gulf Coast (9-1) – Saturday, 2:00 p.m.
12. Hutchinson (8-2) at #2 Butler (10-0) – Sunday, 1:30 p.m.
13. Kilgore (8-2) has completed schedule.
14. Northwest Mississippi (7-2) has completed schedule.
15. Glendale (7-2) at Mesa (5-4) – Saturday, 7:00 p.m.
16. East Mississippi (8-2) has completed schedule.
17. College of DuPage (7-2) has completed schedule.
18. Rochester (9-2) has completed schedule.
19. Louisburg (6-2) has completed schedule.
20. Jones County (6-3) has completed schedule.

Check out this week’s full Top 20 rankings

Complete NJCAA Football Schedule (Nov. 10-11)
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Scores are also updated on the “Scoreboard” section of the JCFootball.com NJCAA board.

Saturday, Nov. 10
Hudson Valley (2-8) at Alfred State (4-4) – 12:00 p.m.
*Onongada Ogres at Monroe (2-6) – 12:00 p.m.

MFC Championship Game
Ellsworth (6-3) at #1 Iowa Western (10-0) – 1:00 p.m.

MACJC Championship Game
#11 Copiah-Lincoln (8-2) at #6 Mississippi Gulf Coast (9-1) – 2:00 p.m.

NFC (Northeast Football Conference)
#3 Nassau (9-0) at #5 ASA (8-0) – 11:00 a.m.

SWJCFC Championship Game
#9 Navarro (8-2) at #4 NE Oklahoma A&M (9-1) – 1:00 p.m.

WSFL (Western States Football League)
#7 Snow (9-1) at #8 Arizona Western (7-1) – 7:00 p.m.
New Mexico Military (5-5) at Pima (1-9) – 1:30 p.m.
Phoenix (3-6) at Scottsdale (4-5) – 2:30 p.m.
#15 Glendale (7-2) at Mesa (5-4) – 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 11
Lackawanna (5-4) at Georgia Military (6-3) – 1:00 p.m.
College of DuPage (7-2) at *Wisconsin-Whitewater – 2:00 p.m.

KJCCC Championship Game
#12 Hutchinson (8-2) at #2 Butler (10-0) – 1:30 p.m.

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, Nassau Community College, ASA College, Iowa Western Community College and Snow College.

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