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The Graphic Edge Bowl to host NJCAA Football Championship Game
 November 14, 2012

AMES, IA—On December 2nd at 3:30 p.m. The Graphic Edge Bowl will host #2 Butler and #1 Iowa Western for a season finale.  The two will face off for the NJCAA Football Championship. One has won before, as Butler is a six time national champion winner, winning it all as recent as 2008. The other is a rising star in the NJCAA football, with Iowa Western moving to the top of the polls in its program’s short existence. This game should be full of excitement; with these two teams both hoping to end the football season on a high note.

Posting 11-0 records, both Butler and Iowa Western went undefeated this year. This success has moved them up in the NJCAA polls, with Iowa Western ranking first and Butler ranking second for several weeks now.

These two teams high-powered offenses will be on show during the bowl game. They have had wide scoring margins all year long, winning games by more than a 20-point average. All year they have been showing why they are number one and two in the nation.

Many of Iowa Western’s players have had great statistical seasons, with quarterback, Jake Waters leading the NJCAA in yards per game with 300.1 and touchdowns with 37. Plus, wide receiver Deon Long leads the NJCAA in receiving yards per game with 146.8 and receiving touchdowns per game with 24.

Butler also has many great players on its roster that will be a good match up for Iowa Western. Butler’s running back, Dreamius Smith, is one of their main offensive threats with 17 rushing touchdowns this season.

The head coaches from both teams are both thrilled and proud to be playing in the Graphic Edge Bowl.

“I will be elated and am sure everyone around here will be feeling the same way. I have never been to the bowl game up there but have heard good things about it,” Troy Morrell, head coach at Butler stated.

“We are excited and pleased to be invited to play in the Graphic Edge Bowl. Anytime you get the opportunity to play in a postseason bowl game is a great honor and then to be able to do it in home state from the support of the Graphic Edge even makes it more exciting,” said Scott Strohmeier, head coach for Iowa Western.

Strohmeier also added about how playing closer to home is helpful. “Anytime you can play in home state is very significant. Because our team is made up of Iowa high school athletes, it makes it easier for family, friends, and relatives to come and support us.”

Butler has only seen the Graphic Edge Bowl once before. “We are looking forward to coming back to the UNI-dome. We played in this bowl game in 1989; we are looking forward to competing for the national championship. The team is really looking forward to playing indoors,” said Todd Carter, athletic director for Butler.

The Graphic Edge Bowl ought to be full of excellent football moments and be a good way to finish the season. With the national championship on the line, Iowa Western and Butler will leave everything on the field. Every NJCAA football fan should come out and see some great action. 

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