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NJCAA Football kicks off Week 5 with action-packed Thursday
 September 19, 2013

NJCAA Football Week 5 Preview

Four of the nation’s top 15 teams will go head-to-head Thursday night, launching an important week in NJCAA football. 


NJCAA Game of the Week

#14 Jones County (3-0) at #1 Mississippi Gulf Coast (3-0)
Thursday, 7:00 p.m. (CT) – WATCH LIVE


One week after taking down No. 8 Hinds, the top-ranked Bulldogs of Mississippi Gulf Coast face another undefeated squad Thursday when No. 14 Jones County comes to town.

The matchup features two of the top receivers in the nation. The Bulldogs boast one of the top prospects in the country in sophomore wide receiver D’haquille Williams, while Jones County has a powerful weapon of their own in sophomore JaMicheal Willis. The Bobcats wide receiver ranks first in the land with 136.7 receiving yards per game.

Despite Williams’ ability on the outside, Mississippi Gulf Coast has provided opposing defenses with a steady dose of sophomore running back Antwan Wells. Averaging 5.5 yards per carry, Wells has compiled 329 yards and four touchdowns this season.

On the other side of the ball, Jones County has found offensive success in 2013 through the air. After splitting time at quarterback with freshman Kenneth Coleman through the first two games, Steven Swindle came into his own last week. The sophomore gunslinger completed 21-of-32 passes for 331 yards and four touchdowns in a 34-16 win over Pearl River.

Jones County Athletics
The Bobcats and star receiver JaMicheal Willis look to upset #1 Miss. Gulf Coast.
Last season, the top-ranked Bulldogs fell victim to a 35-28 upset at No. 14 Jones County. Mississippi Gulf Coast will have their unity on display Thursday night in the designated “White Out” game.


Other Key Games Across the Country

#11 Hinds (2-1) at #6 Copiah-Lincoln (3-0)
Thursday, 7:00 p.m. (CT) – WATCH LIVE


Elsewhere in the Magnolia State, No. 11 Hinds will try to rebound from their heart-breaking loss to No. 1 Mississippi Gulf Coast as they travel to No. 6 Copiah-Lincoln. Wolves sophomore linebacker Jordan Harris leads the nation with 15.3 tackles per game and anchors the Copiah-Lincoln defense which ranks among the best in the nation. The Hinds Eagles will once again look to freshman quarterback James Summers who has thrown five touchdown passes and run for six more in 2013.


#15 Central Lakes (3-0) at Rochester (3-0)
Saturday, 1:30 p.m. (CT) –
WATCH LIVE

Two of the MCAC’s best programs over the past four years will clash Saturday when undefeated Rochester hosts No. 15 Central Lakes. The Central Lakes Raiders tout one of the best defenses in the country, ranking second in points allowed per game and seventh in yards allowed per game. The Yellowjackets will try to change those numbers behind the sophomore running back duo of Alexander Schliesmann and Charles Arnold who have combined for 524 yards and five touchdowns on the ground this season.  


Pima (2-2) at #16 Scottsdale (3-1)
Saturday, 7:00 p.m. (CT)


Two of the WSFL’s biggest surprises thus far in the season will face-off Saturday when No. 16 Scottsdale welcomes in Pima. Fighting Artichokes sophomore quarterback Blake Decker has been the best passer in the nation in 2013, throwing for 1,725 yards and 16 touchdowns through four games. The Pima Aztecs will look to counter Scottsdale’s high-powered offense with a stable of running backs that have ran for 581 yards and 10 touchdowns this year.


The Top 20 in Week 5 
*Non-NJCAA member school

#14 Jones County (3-0) at #1 Mississippi Gulf Coast (3-0)
Thursday7:00 p.m. (CT)

Kilgore (1-2) at #2 Navarro (3-0)
Saturday7:00 p.m. (CT)

DuPage (2-1) at #3 Iowa Western (4-0)
Saturday1:00 p.m. (CT)

Highland (2-2) at #4 Butler (4-0)
Saturday – 6:00 p.m. (CT)

#5 East Mississippi (3-0) at Mississippi Delta (0-3)
Thursday7:00 p.m. (CT)

#11 Hinds (2-1) at #6 Copiah-Lincoln (3-0)
Thursday7:00 p.m. (CT)

Arkansas Baptist (2-2) at. #7 Georgia Military (4-0)
Saturday1:00 p.m. (ET)

Erie (1-1) at #8 Nassau (3-0)
Saturday12:00 p.m. (ET)

Copiah-Lincoln Athletics
QB Daniel Fitzwater and the Wolves will try to notch a major victory against #11 Hinds.
#9 Itawamba (3-0) at Holmes (0-3)
Thursday7:00 p.m. (CT)

Blinn (2-2) at #10 Tyler (3-0)
Saturday7:00 p.m. (CT)
*Southeast Prep at #12 Arizona Western (3-1)
Saturday7:00 p.m. (PT)

*Air Force Prep
at #13 Garden City (2-1)
Saturday7:00 p.m. (CT)

#15 Central Lakes (3-0) at Rochester (3-0)
Saturday1:30 p.m. (CT)

Pima (2-2) at #16 Scottsdale (3-1)
Saturday7:00 p.m. (PT)

Phoenix (0-2) at #15 Arizona Western (2-1)
Saturday7:00 p.m. (PT)

Itasca (0-2) at #16 Central Lakes (2-0)
Saturday1:30 p.m. (CT)

Fort Scott (0-4) at #17 Dodge City (3-1)
Saturday1:00 p.m. (CT)

#18 ASA (0-1) at Monroe (1-2)
Saturday6:00 p.m. (ET)

#19 Mesa (3-1) at Snow (1-3)
Saturday12:00 p.m. (MT)

Lackawanna (2-1) at #20 Louisburg (3-0)
Emmy Miller/Rochester Athletics
Rochester and WR Jake Kirsch are aiming for an upset of #15 Central Lakes.
Saturday11:00 a.m. (ET)

Check out this week’s full Top 20 rankings


Complete NJCAA Football Week 5 Schedule (Sept. 19-23)
It is the responsibility of each NJCAA school to post their own scores to the NJCAA website using the NJCAA Stat System
Scores are also updated on the “Scoreboard” section of the JCFootball.com NJCAA board.


Thursday, Sept. 19th

NON-CONFERENCE (All Times Eastern  - *Non-Member School)
Dakota-Bottineau (2-1) at *Mayville State – 7:00 p.m.

MCAC (All Times Central)
Itasca (0-3) at Fond du Lac (0-3) – 7:00 p.m.

MACJC (All Times Central)
Northeast Mississippi (1-2) at Northwest Mississippi (1-2) – 6:30 p.m.
Pearl River (1-2) at Coahoma (0-3) – 6:30 p.m.
#14 Jones County (3-0) at #1 Mississippi Gulf Coast (3-0) – 7:00 p.m.
#11 Hinds (2-1) at #6 Copiah-Lincoln (3-0) – 7:00 p.m.
#5 East Mississippi (3-0) at Mississippi Delta (0-3) – 7:00 p.m.
#9 Itawamba (3-0) at Holmes (0-3) – 7:00 p.m.
East Central (0-3) at Southwest Mississippi (1-2) – 7:00 p.m.


Saturday, Sept. 21st

NON-CONFERENCE (All Times Eastern  - *Non-Member School)
Erie (1-1) at #8 Nassau (3-0) – 12:00 p.m.
Arkansas Baptist (2-2) at #7 Georgia Military (4-0) – 1:00 p.m.
Dean (3-0) at Hudson Valley (0-1) – 1:00 p.m.
*Southeast Prep at NE Oklahoma A&M (1-2) – 4:00 p.m.
*Air Force Prep at #13 Garden City (2-1) – 8:00 p.m.
*Everett at # 12 Arizona Western (3-1) – 10:00 p.m.

KJCCC (All Times Central)
Fort Scott (0-4) at #17 Dodge City (3-1) – 1:00 p.m.
Highland (2-2) at #4 Butler (4-0) – 6:00 p.m.
Coffeyville (2-2) at Independence (1-3) – 7:00 p.m.

MFC (All Times Central)
DuPage (2-1) at #3 Iowa Western (4-0) – 1:00 p.m.
Iowa Central (1-2) at Ellsworth (1-2) – 1:00 p.m.

MCAC (All Times Central)
Minnesota West (3-0) at Northland (1-2) – 12:00 p.m.
#15 Central Lakes (3-0) at Rochester (3-0) – 1:30 p.m.
Mesabi Range (0-3) at Vermilion (1-2) – 1:30 p.m.
Minnesota State (1-2) at Ridgewater (3-0) – 6:00 p.m.

NFC (All Times Eastern)
Lackawanna (2-1) at #20 Louisburg (3-0) – 11:00 a.m.
#18 ASA (0-1) at Monroe (1-2) – 6:00 p.m.

SWJCFC (All Times Central)
Kilgore (1-2) at #2 Navarro (3-0) – 7:00 p.m.
Blinn (2-2) at #10 Tyler (3-0) – 7:00 p.m.
Cisco (0-2) at Trinity Valley (1-2) – 7:00 p.m.

WSFL (All Times Pacific)
#19 Mesa (3-1) at Snow (1-3) – 11:00 a.m.
Eastern Arizona (1-2) at New Mexico Military (3-1) – 6:00 p.m.
Pima (2-2) at #16 Scottsdale (3-1) – 7:00 p.m.
Phoenix (0-3) at Glendale (1-2) – 7:00 p.m.


Monday, Sept. 23rd

NON-CONFERENCE (All Times Eastern  - *Non-Member School)
Globe IT (0-3) at *Delaware Valley – 3:00 p.m.



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