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Week 8 turns into `Upset Week' in NJCAA Football
 October 15, 2013

NJCAA Football Week 8 Recap

With two matchups featuring Top 10 teams in Week 7, the NJCAA Football schedule continued to separate the contenders from the pretenders. Outside of the Top 10, only two ranked teams suffered a loss over the weekend.  


Top 20 Rankings – Week 8

RANK  TEAM RECORD PTS 1st PREV
1.  Georgia Military 8-0 208.0 6 1
2.  East Mississippi 7-0 194.5 3 3
3.  Tyler 7-0 188.0 0 4
4.  Iowa Western 7-1 171.5 0 5
5.  Copiah-Lincoln 6-1 151.0 0 7
6.  Jones County 6-1 150.0 0 2
7.  Mississippi Gulf Coast 6-1 146.5 0 8
8.  Scottsdale 6-1 143.0 0 9
9.  Rochester 7-0 127.5 0 10
10.  Arizona Western 7-1 118.5 0 11
11.  Dodge City 6-1 107.0 0 12
12.  Butler 5-1 90.0 0 14
13.  Central Lakes 6-1 53.5 0 17
14.  Navarro 5-2 53.0 0 16
15.  Mesa 5-2 50.5 0 18
16.  Hinds 5-2 34.5 0 RV
17.  Trinity Valley 5-2 34.0 0 RV
18.  ASA 4-1 31.5 0 RV
19.  Hutchinson 5-2 25.0 0 RV
20.  Itawamba 5-2 8.0 0 13

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A Look Back at Week 8’s Top Matchups


#6 Nassau (6-1) 22
#1 Georgia Military (8-0) 45

Facing their fourth Top 10 opponent of the year, top-ranked Georgia Military once again took care of business with a 45-22 win over No. 6 Nassau. The Bulldogs’ victory again came on the shoulders of the top running back in the nation. Freshman Jovon Robinson had 33 carries for 261 yards – his third 200-yard game of the season – and four touchdowns. With only two non-members and a struggling Lackawanna team left on their schedule, Georgia Military has an undefeated season in their sights. At 2-0 in conference play, the Lions still control their own destiny in the NFC championship race.

#10 Rochester (7-0) 26
#15 Ridgewater (5-2) 14

No. 10 Rochester clinched home-field advantage in the first round of the MCAC playoffs with a 26-14 victory at No. 15 Ridgewater. The Yellowjackets’ win was highlighted by sophomore wide receiver Josh Zitzmann’s four catches for 115 yards and two touchdowns. Rochester sophomore linebacker Joe Strike had another impactful performance, leading the team with eight tackles – two for a loss – and intercepting a pass. The Warriors have already locked a spot in the conference playoffs and can snag the No. 3 seed in the Southern division with a win over Central Lakes this week. 


Hinds (5-2) 24
#2 Jones County (6-1) 20

Despite putting up 493 yards of offense, six turnovers cost No. 2 Jones County in a 24-20 loss to the Hinds Eagles. The tremendous defensive effort put forth by Hinds was led by sophomore linebacker Herbert Harris’ season-high 19 tackles. Bobcats freshman quarterback Steven Swindle completed 33-of-60 passes for 428 yards and two touchdowns, but his effort was negated by Jones County’s five fumbles. Jones County still controls their own destiny in the South despite the loss.





How the Top 20 Fared in Week 8 
Records reflect results to game.

Top 20 Results
1. Georgia Military (8-0) vs. #6 Nassau (6-1) – 45-22, W
2. Jones County (6-1)
vs. Hinds (5-2) – 20-24, L
3. East Mississippi (7-0)
vs. Northeast Mississippi (3-4) – 59-0, W
4. Tyler (7-0)
at Cisco (1-5) – 49-23, W
5. Iowa Western (7-1)
at Iowa Central (2-4) – 59-7, W
6. Nassau (6-1)
at #1 Georgia Military (8-0) – 22-45, L
7. Copiah-Lincoln (6-1)
vs. Pearl River (3-4) – 37-27, W
8. Mississippi Gulf Coast (6-1)
vs. Southwest Mississippi (2-5) – 48-7, W
9. Scottsdale (6-1)
vs. Glendale (2-5) – 51-14, W
10. Rochester (7-0)
at #15 Ridgewater (5-2) – 26-14, W
11. Arizona Western (7-1)
vs. #20 New Mexico Military (5-3) – 47-27, W
12. Dodge City (6-1)
vs. Coffeyville (3-4) – 33-27, W
13. Itawamba (5-2)
at Coahoma (1-6) – 41-47 (2OT), L
14. Butler (5-1)
had a bye.
15. Ridgewater (5-2) vs. #10 Rochester (7-0) – 14-26, L
16. Navarro (5-2)
vs. *Southeast Prep80-0, W
17. Central Lakes (6-1)
at Vermilion (3-4) – 21-13, W
18. Mesa (5-2)
had a bye.
19. Louisburg (5-2) vs. *Atlanta Sports Academy39-42, L
20. New Mexico Military (5-3)
at #11 Arizona Western (7-1) – 27-47, L






Complete NJCAA Week 8 Results (Oct. 10-13)
Click Here to view Conference Standings


NON-CONFERENCE
#6 Nassau (6-1) at #1 Georgia Military (8-0)45-22
Dean (5-2) at Erie (1-5) – 35-7
Monroe (3-3) at Hudson Valley (1-4) – 27-21
*Atlanta Sports at #19 Louisburg (5-2) – 42-39
*Thaddeus Stevens at Globe (3-2)48-7
Arkansas Baptist (3-5) at *Concordia21-20
*Southeast Prep at #16 Navarro (5-2)80-0
Dakota-Bottineau (6-1)
at *Concordia JV27-20

KJCCC

Coffeyville (3-4) at #12 Dodge City (6-1)33-27
Highland (5-3) at Garden City (4-3) – 20-17
Hutchinson (5-2) at Independence (1-7) – 58-0

MFC
North Dakota SCS (2-4) at Ellsworth (2-5) – 41-38
#5 Iowa Western (7-1) at Iowa Central (2-4) – 59-7

MCAC
#10 Rochester (7-0) at #15 Ridgewater (5-2) – 26-14
#17 Central Lakes (6-1) at Vermilion (3-4) – 21-13
Minnesota West (5-2) at Minnesota State (1-6) – 27-7
Itasca (0-7) at Northland (5-2)45-0
Fond du Lac (2-5) at Mesabi Range (1-6) – 34-21

MACJC
#13 Itawamba (5-2) at Coahoma (1-6)47-41 (2OT)
Mississippi Delta (1-6) at East Central (1-6)36-31
Pearl River (3-4) at #7 Copiah-Lincoln (6-1)37-27
Northwest Mississippi (1-6) at Holmes (2-5)17-14
Hinds (5-2)
at #2 Jones County (6-1) – 24-20
Northeast Mississippi (3-4) at #3 East Mississippi (7-0)59-0
Southwest Mississippi (2-5) at #8 Mississippi Gulf Coast (6-1)48-7

NFC
Lackawanna (3-4) at ASA (4-1)27-0

SWJCFC
NE Oklahoma A&M (2-5) at Kilgore (3-4)35-21
Trinity Valley (5-2) at Blinn (3-4) – 34-18
#4 Tyler (7-0) at Cisco (1-5) – 49-23

WSFL
Phoenix (0-7) at Snow (2-6)35-0
Eastern Arizona (4-3) at Pima (3-4) – 10-7
#20 New Mexico Military (5-3) at #11 Arizona Western (7-1)47-27
Glendale (2-5) at #9 Scottsdale (6-1)51-14



For more information on NJCAA Football, download the 2013 NJCAA Football Media Guide.

Photos courtesy of Jones County Athletics, Bill Akin/SkyHawk Sports Photography and East Mississippi Athletics.





























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