Rematches Slated for NJCAA Football Conference Championships
November 9, 2011
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The final week of the NJCAA Football regular season has arrived, leaving teams fighting for a bowl appearance or simply a victory to end the season on a high note. Week 13 promises to be one of the best of 2011 with three conference championship games on tap and eight of the 10 games featuring ranked teams.
Saturday’s MACJC (Mississippi Assn of Community & Junior Colleges) championship game will have the state and country’s attention with two Top 5 teams battling for a conference title and a shot at the national championship. No. 5 Mississippi Gulf Coast at 9-1, will face the only team to defeat them this season in No. 2 East Mississippi. The Lions topped MGCCC 34-30 in the season-opener, igniting their run to the school’s first undefeated season. East Mississippi quarterback and Player of the Year candidate Bo Wallace threw for 405 yards and scored five touchdowns in the victory. The game will be streamed live on NJCAATV.
The WSFL (Western States Football League) boasts five teams ranked in the Top 20, the most of any conference. Saturday the conference will finish the regular season with four crucial matchups. No. 1 Arizona Western has already clinched the conference championship and could seal a shot at the national championship with a win at Mesa CC (Ariz.). Seeking their first Top five finish since 1960, No. 6 New Mexico Military will travel to No. 19 Snow (Utah) who is desperate for a win to end their three-game skid. Trying to finish the season in the Top 20, No. 16 Eastern Arizona heads to Phoenix (Ariz.) and No. 18 Glendale (Ariz.) plays at Pima (Ariz.).
The NFC (Northeast Football Conference) championship has already been locked up by No. 13 Dean (Mass.), but there are still two games left on the schedule. No. 14 Nassau (N.Y.) will try to finish their regular season with a win as they host ASA (N.Y.). Battling for the Region III championship, Erie (N.Y.) will host Alfred State (N.Y.).
Depending on Saturday’s results, the KJCCC (Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference) championship game could have national championship implications as well. Sunday, No. 3 Butler (Kan.) will host No. 8 Hutchinson (Kan.) for the conference title and perhaps an opportunity to play for a national championship. A loss by Arizona Western or East Mississippi Saturday would open up a door for the Butler Grizzlies to sneak into one of the top two spots in the poll. In their first meeting, the Grizzlies traveled to Hutchinson and came out with a 28-10 victory.
Coming off the upset of the season, No. 17 Tyler (Texas) has a chance to claim the SWJCFC (Southwest Junior College Football Conference) crown Sunday at No. 9 Navarro (Texas). In September, the Bulldogs of Navarro battled for a 34-22 win over the Apaches. The winner of Sunday’s rematch will likely be headed to the Heart of Texas Bowl.
In a virtual bowl game, Lackawanna (Pa.) from the north and Georgia Military from the south will meet up at North Carolina State’s Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C.
NJCAA Bowl Game Information
NJCAA sanctioned bowl games taking place after Thanksgiving will be able to invite and announce the teams participating in their respective games on Nov. 15th at 12 p.m. (Central Time). Click here to view dates and info for this year's NJCAA bowl games.
2011 Graphic Edge Bowl Participants Announced
The Graphic Edge Bowl has selected No. 11 Iowa Western Community College and No. 10 Rochester Community & Technical College (Minn.) to participate in the feature matchup of their annual double-header. In the opening contest will feature Iowa Central Community College and No. 15 Central Lakes College-Brainerd (Minn.). Both games will be played at the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa on
The remaining bowl games will be able to invite and announce their selections November 15th at 12 p.m. (CST).
Click here to view dates and info for this year's NJCAA bowl games.
Complete NJCAA Football Schedule Nov. 12–13
All Times Local
*notes non-NJCAA member college
Results will be posted on the NJCAA Football Scoreboard when they become available.
Scores are also updated on the scoreboard section of the JC Football.com Scoreboard Forum.
Top 20 Schedule
1. Arizona Western (10-0) plays at Mesa (1-9) Saturday.
2. East Mississippi (10-0) hosts No. 5 Mississippi Gulf Coast (9-1) Saturday.
3. Butler (9-1) hosts No. 8 Hutchinson (8-2) Sunday.
4. Grand Rapids (10-0) has completed their season.
5. Mississippi Gulf Coast (9-1) plays at No. 2 East Mississippi (10-0) Saturday.
6. New Mexico Military (9-1) plays at No. 19 Snow (7-3) Saturday.
7. Blinn (9-1) has completed their season.
8. Hutchinson (8-2) plays at No. 3 Butler (9-1) Sunday.
9. Navarro (8-2) hosts No. 17 Tyler (7-3) Sunday.
10. Rochester (11-0) has completed their season.
11. Iowa Western (8-2) has completed their season.
12. Trinity Valley (8-2) has completed their season.
13. Dean (7-1) has completed their season.
14. Nassau (7-2) hosts ASA (4-3) Saturday.
15. Central Lakes (7-2) has completed their season.
16. Eastern Arizona (7-3) plays at Phoenix (2-8) Saturday.
17. Tyler (7-3) plays at No. 9 Navarro (8-2) Sunday.
18. Glendale (7-3) plays at Pima (3-7) Saturday.
19. Snow (7-3) hosts No. 6 New Mexico Military (9-1) Saturday.
20. Hinds (7-3) has completed their season.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12
Mississippi Assn of Community & Junior Colleges (MACJC) Championship Game
#5 Mississippi Gulf Coast CC (9-1) at #2 East Mississippi CC (10-0) – 2 pm
Northeast Football Conference (NFC)
ASA College, N.Y. (4-3) at #14 Nassau CC, N.Y. (7-2) – 2 pm
Alfred State College, N.Y. (5-4) at Erie CC, N.Y. (2-7) – Noon
Region III Championship
Western States Football League (WSFL)
#1 Arizona Western College (10-0) at Mesa CC, Ariz. (1-9) – 7 pm
#6 New Mexico Military Institute (9-1) at #19 Snow College, Utah (7-3) – Noon
#16 Eastern Arizona College (7-3) at Phoenix College, Ariz. (2-8) – 1 pm
#18 Glendale CC, Ariz. (7-3) at Pima CC, Ariz. (3-7) – 1 pm
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13
Lackawanna, Pa. (6-3) vs. Georgia Military (6-3) – 1 pm
Carter-Finley Stadium (Raleigh, N.C.)
Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) Championship Game
#8 Hutchinson CC, Kan. (8-2) at #3 Butler CC, Kan. (9-1) – 1:30 pm
Southwest Junior College Football Conference (SWJCFC) Championship Game
#17 Tyler JC, Texas (7-3) at #9 Navarro College, Texas (8-2) – 3 p.m.
Click here for NJCAA Football Conference Standings
-- East Mississippi Community College freshman quarterback Bo Wallace (right) is well on his way to becoming the most prolific passer in NJCAA history. Wallace is only 232 passing yards away from breaking the single-season record and is averaging 377 per game. The Tennessee-native is also 114 yards away from setting the NJCAA single-season record for total offense. Wallace most likely will have two games to chase these records if East Mississippi participates in a bowl game. The Lions are also only 50 yards away from breaking the NJCAA team-record for total offense.
-- There are two quarterbacks chasing Tony DeLeon’s (Vermilion CC, Minn.) single-season record of 50 passing touchdowns set in 1992. Scottsdale Community College (Ariz.) quarterback Cody Sokol leads the nation with 43 touchdown passes this season, while East Mississippi Community College quarterback Bo Wallace is hot on his tail with 42 touchdown passes this season. Both players have their final scheduled game of the season Saturday but could have another game if their respective teams participate in bowl games.
-- Navarro College (Texas) sophomore wide receiver Marquez Clark is on a record-breaking pace this season as the Bulldogs’ primary offensive target. Averaging 7.5 catches per game, Clark is only 14 receptions away from setting a new NJCAA single-season record. Clark is also only 117 receiving yards away from breaking the NJCAA single-season record. If Navarro participates in a bowl game, Clark will have two more games to rack up the needed numbers.
-- Since losing their season-opener to then-No. 1 Navarro College (Texas), No. 3 Butler Community College (Kan.) has gone on a rampage. The Grizzlies of Butler are 9-0 since the defeat, thumping opponents by an average margin of 47.4 points. During that span Butler’s defense is giving up less than six points per game, while their offense ranks third in the nation with 512.9 yards per game this season.
-- NJCAATV will be streaming the MACJC championship game between No. 5 Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and No. 2 East Mississippi Community College live online at www.njcaatv.ihigh.com.
Top NCAA Performances from Former NJCAA Football All-Americans
DeQuan Menzie (right), DB at Alabama (Copiah-Lincoln CC, Miss. ’09) – In arguably the game of the 2011 season, Menzie and the Crimson Tide fell 9-6 to No. 2 LSU in a defensive struggle. Menzie was Alabama’s second-leading tackler in the game with eight total tackles. The senior also assisted on one tackle for a loss. The Crimson Tide and Menzie are still ranked No. 3 in the BCS standings and will restart their run for a national title Saturday at Mississippi State.
Vick Ballard, RB at Mississippi State (Mississippi Gulf Coast CC ‘09) – Pummeling Tennessee-Martin 55-17, the Bulldogs rode Ballard to his fourth 100-yard rushing performance of the season. The senior totaled 102 yards on only 11 rushes, averaging 9.3 yards per carry. Ballard scored two touchdowns, including a 54-yard sprint to pay dirt. Mississippi State and Ballard face a tough challenge Saturday when they welcome in No. 3 Alabama and the nation’s top run-defense.
Lavonte David, LB at Nebraska (Fort Scott CC, Kan. ‘09) – A disappointing 28-25 loss to Northwestern overshadowed a top-notch performance from David. The senior racked up 11 tackles, one solo, and intercepted his second pass of the season. David is the Big Ten’s fourth-leading tackler with 88 total tackles in 2011. David and the No. 19 Cornhuskers will try to rebound Saturday at No. 12 Penn State.
Jordan Hunt, LB at Florida International (Copiah-Lincoln CC, Miss. ‘10) – Hunt led a strong defensive effort for the Panthers in a 10-9 heartbreaking loss to Western Kentucky. The junior tallied a team-high 11 tackles, three solo and three for a loss. Hunt also got to the Hilltoppers’ quarterback for his second sack of 2011. The Panthers and Hunt host in-state rival Florida Atlantic Saturday in Miami.
Brandon Joiner, DE at Arkansas State (Navarro College, Texas ‘09) – Dominating Florida Atlantic 39-21, the Red Wolves received two big plays from Joiner. With Florida Atlantic inside the Red Wolves’ 20-yardline and looking to take the lead before halftime, Joiner recovered a fumble to swing momentum back in Arkansas State’s favor. The senior also came up with an early sack on third down in the first quarter. Joiner and Arkansas State can take a huge step towards a Sun Belt conference championship Saturday when they host Louisiana-Lafayette.
Top NFL Performances from Former NJCAA Football Players
Brandon Jacobs, RB with the New York Giants (Coffeyville CC, Kan. ’02) – With Giants’ starting running back Ahmad Bradshaw sidelined with an injury, Jacobs capitalized on his first start of 2011 in a 24-20 win over the New England Patriots. Jacobs had 18 carries for 72 yards and scored the game’s first touchdown from 10 yards out in the third quarter. The Giants and Jacobs travel west Sunday to play the San Francisco 49ers in a clash of NFC division leaders.
Kelvin Hayden, DB with the Atlanta Falcons (Joliet JC, Ill. ’02) – Cruising to a 31-7 win at the Indianapolis Colts, Hayden enjoyed his best performance of 2011. The former-Wolves’ defensive back stopped an early Colts’ drive when he intercepted a pass inside the Falcons’ 20-yardline. Hayden added five solo tackles and an assisted tackle to his effort. Sunday, Hayden and the Falcons host the New Orleans Saints for first in the NFC South standings.
Dashon Goldson, S with the San Francisco 49ers (Coffeyville CC, Kan. ’03) – Goldson intercepted a pass for the second-straight week in the 49ers’ 19-11 at the Washington Redskins. The former-Red Raven picked off Redskins’ quarterback John Beck late in the first quarter. Goldson also recorded four solo tackles and assisted on another in the game. The 49ers and Goldson are out to a five-game lead in the NFC West standings and host the NFC East-leading New York Giants Sunday.
LeGarrette Blount, RB with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (East Mississippi ‘07) – After being out for almost a month with a sprained MCL, Blount returned to the field in the Buccaneers’ 27-16 loss at the New Orleans Saints. The former-Lion ran the ball 13 times for 72 yards, including an impressive 15-yard scamper where Blount hurdled Saints’ safety Malcolm Jenkins. With Blount back to full strength, the Buccaneers host the AFC South-leading Houston Texans Sunday.
LINKS TO MORE NJCAA FOOTBALL
www.kjccc.org (Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference website)
www.iccac.org (Iowa Community College Conference and Midwest Football Conference website)
www.northeastfootball.com (Northeast Football Conference website)
www.region14athletics.org (NJCAA Region 14 and SW JC Football Conf. website)
www.mcac-sports.com (Minnesota College Athletic Conference website)
www.accac.org/sports/football/ (Western States Football League website)
www.jucoweekly.org (Website dedicated to Mississippi NJCAA sports)
www.jcfootball.com (Dedicated site to Two-Year College Football)
www.jcgridiron.com (Dedicated site to Two-Year College Football)
www.jrcollegefootball.com (WSFL coverage and live show streamed on Saturday's)
Arizona Western Takes Over No. 1 in NJCAA Football Poll
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – With only one week remaining before the start of bowl season, there is a new team atop the NJCAA Football rankings. Tensions are high going into the final week of the season as teams fight to impress both poll voters and bowl game committees for coveted spots in the postseason.
Patiently sitting at No. 2 since the first poll of October, Arizona Western College continued to add up wins and their work has paid off. The Matadors are the new No. 1 in the rankings with only one game remaining on their regular season schedule. With 137 points and four first-place votes in the poll, Arizona Western is drawing closer to their second national championship and first since 1972.
East Mississippi Community College moved up to No. 2 in the rankings following their 55-24 thrashing of former-No. 14 Hinds CC (Miss.) in the MACJC semifinals. The Lions have one first-place vote and trail Arizona Western by five points in the poll. East Mississippi will have a chance to eat away at that deficit when they take on No. 5 Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Saturday in the MACJC championship game. The Bulldogs of Mississippi Gulf Coast have 112 points in the poll and can get themselves back in the national championship conversation with a victory.
No. 3 Butler Community College (Kan.) inched up one spot this week at 9-1 overall. The Grizzlies currently enjoy a slim a one point advantage in the poll over Grand Rapids Community College (Mich.) who is 10-0 overall. Butler has ripped off nine-straight wins since losing their season-opener at Navarro College (Texas) while GRCC wrapped up their season with a victory over Iowa Western Community College to win the MFC Championships. Both teams have one first-place vote in the poll.
No. 6 New Mexico Military Institute moved up three spots in the rankings with 97 points but is still 15 points outside the top five. After spending five weeks as the nation’s top-ranked team, Blinn College (Texas) fell 37-34 in overtime to Tyler JC (Texas) in the SWJCFC semifinals. The Buccaneers suffered from losing late in the season and dropped to No. 7 in the rankings.
Advancing two places in the poll were No. 8 Hutchinson Community College (Kan.), No. 9 Navarro College (Texas) and No. 10 Rochester Community & Technical College (Minn.). Hutchinson and Navarro will have opportunities to improve their resumes this week as both teams will be playing in their respective conference championship games. The Yellowjackets of Rochester completed their perfect season Sunday, trouncing Northland CTC (Minn.) 45-14 in the MCAC championship game.
Stumbling out of the Top 20 were Northeast Mississippi Community College and Coffeyville Community College (Kan.) following defeats in conference semifinal matchups. Jumping into the Top 20 for the first time this season, Tyler Junior College (Texas) is ranked No. 17 going into Sunday’s SWJCFC championship game. No. 18 Glendale Community College (Ariz.) returns to the rankings following a two week hiatus.
The final NJCAA Football Poll of the regular season will be announced on Nov. 14th.
NJCAA Bowl Game Information
NJCAA sanctioned bowl games taking place after Thanksgiving will be able to invite and announce the teams participating in their respective games on Nov. 15th at 12 p.m. (Central Time). Sanctioned bowl games taking place prior to Thanksgiving may invite and announce the teams participating in their respective games at 12 p.m. (CT) today. Click here to view dates and info for this year's NJCAA bowl games.
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NJCAA Football Poll – Nov. 8, 2011
School, Record, Poll Votes (1st Place Votes), Previous Ranking
1. Arizona Western College, 10-0, 137 (4), 2
2. East Mississippi CC, 10-0, 132 (1), 3
3. Butler CC, Kan., 9-1, 125 (1), 4
4. Grand Rapids CC, Mich., 10-0, 124 (1), 5
5. Mississippi Gulf Coast CC, 9-1, 112, 6
6. New Mexico Military Institute, 9-1, 97, 9
7. Blinn College, Texas, 9-1, 95, 1
8. Hutchinson CC, Kan., 8-2, 86, 10
9. Navarro College, Texas, 8-2, 85, 11
10. Rochester CTC, Minn., 11-0, 75, 12
11. Iowa Western CC, 8-2, 71, 7
12. Trinity Valley CC, Texas, 8-2, 62, 8
13. Dean College, Mass., 7-1, 60, 13
14. Nassau CC, N.Y., 7-2, 54, 16
15. Central Lakes College-Brainerd, Minn., 7-2, 36, 18
16. Eastern Arizona College, 7-3, 31, 19
17. Tyler JC, Texas, 7-3, 27, RV
18. Glendale CC, Ariz., 7-3, 23, RV
19. Snow College, Utah, 7-3, 18, 15
20. Hinds CC, Miss., 7-3, 14, 14
Others: Northeast Mississippi CC, 6-4, 2, 17; Northwest Mississippi CC, 6-3, 2, RV; Scottsdale CC, Ariz., 7-4, 1, RV; Georgia Military College, 6-3, 1, NR
Dropped from Rankings: Northeast Mississippi CC (17), Coffeyville CC, Kan. (20)
Players of the Week – Nov. 9, 2011
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Kendall Wrenn (Butler CC, Kan.) and Jeff Buchert (Rochester CTC, Minn.) have been named NJCAA Football Players of the Week for games Nov. 3 through Nov. 6.
Wrenn earned Offensive Player of the Week honors, while Buchert was named the Defensive Player of the Week.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Kendall Wrenn, Butler Community College, Kan.
Wide Receiver; Kaufman, Texas; Kaufman High School
Wrenn (6’ 0”/177 lbs.) had a record-setting day in the Grizzlies’ 59-10 win over Dodge City CC (Kan.) in the KJCCC semifinals. The sophomore set a school-record with 265 yards receiving in the victory. Wrenn hauled in six receptions, averaging 44.2 yards per catch, and scored touchdowns of 78 and 97 yards. No. 3 Butler and Wrenn will host No. 8 Hutchinson CC (Kan.) Sunday for the KJCCC title.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK (right)
Jeff Buchert, Rochester Community & Technical College, Minn.
Strong Safety; Central Village, Conn.; Central Village High School
Buchert (6’ 1”/207 lbs.) rose to the occasion in the MCAC championship game, leading the Yellowjackets to a 45-14 victory over Northland CTC (Minn.). The sophomore more than doubled his interception total for the year, picking off three passes in the contest. Buchert also caused a fumble and totaled six tackles. No. 10 Rochester and Buchert have completed their scheduled season and are awaiting a bowl invitation.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
There were no qualifying nominations for Special Teams Player of the Week.
Click Here for a List of Last Week’s Top Performances
(as compiled by Mike Monfort of Navarro College and contributor to JCFootball.com)
Full NJCAA Football Results from Week 10 (Nov. 3 – Nov. 6)
How the Top Teams Fared
1. Blinn (9-1) lost to Tyler (7-3) Saturday, 37-34 (OT).
2. Arizona Western (10-0) defeated No. 15 Snow (7-3) Saturday, 14-7.
3. East Mississippi (10-0) defeated No. 14 Hinds (7-3) Saturday, 55-24.
4. Butler (9-1) defeated Dodge City (3-7) Saturday, 59-10.
5. Grand Rapids (10-0) defeated No. 7 Iowa Western (8-2) Saturday, 26-24.
6. Miss. Gulf Coast (9-1) defeated No. 17 NE Mississippi (6-4) Saturday, 20-17 (OT).
7. Iowa Western (8-2) lost to No. 5 Grand Rapids (10-0) Saturday, 26-24.
8. Trinity Valley (8-2) lost to No. 11 Navarro (8-2) Saturday, 42-16.
9. New Mexico Military (9-1) defeated Pima (3-7) Saturday, 42-10.
10. Hutchinson (8-2) defeated No. 20 Coffeyville (6-4) Saturday, 45-16.
11. Navarro (8-2) defeated No. 8 Trinity Valley (8-2) Saturday, 42-16.
12. Rochester (11-0) defeated Northland (7-4) Saturday, 45-14.
13. Dean (7-1) defeated Lackawanna (6-3) Saturday, 21-20.
14. Hinds (7-3) lost to No. 3 East Mississippi (10-0) Saturday, 55-24.
15. Snow (7-3) lost to No. 2 Arizona Western (10-0) Saturday, 14-7.
16. Nassau (7-2) had an open date.
17. NE Mississippi (6-4) lost to No. 6 Mississippi Gulf Coast (9-1) Saturday, 20-17 (OT).
18. Central Lakes (7-2) had an open date.
19. Eastern Arizona (7-3) had an open date.
20. Coffeyville (6-4) lost to No. 10 Hutchinson (8-2) Saturday, 45-16.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5
Alfred State College, N.Y. (5-4) at Hudson Valley CC, N.Y. (0-8) – Alfred State 48, Hudson Valley 26
*Chattahoochee Technical College, Ga. at Georgia Military College (6-3) – Georgia Military 45, Chattahoochee 0
Midwest Football Conference (MFC) Championship Game
#7 Iowa Western CC (8-2) at #5 Grand Rapids CC, Mich. (10-0) – Grand Rapids 26, Iowa Western 24
Mississippi Assn of Community & Junior Colleges (MACJC) Semifinals
#14 Hinds CC, Miss. (7-3) at #3 East Mississippi CC (10-0) – East Mississippi 55, Hinds 24
#17 NE Mississippi CC (6-4) at #6 Mississippi Gulf Coast CC (9-1) – Miss. Gulf Coast 20, Northeast Miss. 17 (OT)
Northeast Football Conference (NFC)
#13 Dean College, Mass. (7-1) at Lackawanna College, Pa. (6-3) – Dean 21, Lackawanna 20
Louisburg College, N.C. (7-3) at ASA College, N.Y. (4-3) – ASA 27, Louisburg 3
Southwest Junior College Football Conference (SWJCFC) Semifinals
Tyler JC, Texas (7-3) at #1 Blinn College, Texas (9-1) – Tyler 37, Blinn 34 (OT)
#11 Navarro College, Texas (8-2) at #8 Trinity Valley CC, Texas (8-2) – Navarro 42, Trinity Valley 16
Western States Football League (WSFL)
#2 Arizona Western College (10-0) at #15 Snow College, Utah (7-3) – Arizona Western 14, Snow 7
Pima CC, Ariz. (3-7) at #9 New Mexico Military Institute (9-1) – New Mexico Military 42, Pima 10
Scottsdale CC, Ariz. (7-4) at Phoenix College, Ariz. (2-8) – Scottsdale 50, Phoenix 7
Mesa CC, Ariz. (1-9) at Glendale CC, Ariz. (7-3) – Glendale 42, Mesa 7
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6
Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC)
Dodge City CC, Kan. (3-7) at #4 Butler CC, Kan. (9-1) – Butler 59, Dodge City 10
#20 Coffeyville CC, Kan. (6-4) at #10 Hutchinson CC, Kan. (8-2) – Hutchinson 45, Coffeyville 16
Minnesota College Athletic Conference (MCAC) Championship Game
Northland CTC, Minn. (7-4) vs. #12 Rochester CTC, Minn. (11-0) – Rochester 45, Northland 14
For more on NJCAA Football download the 2011 NJCAA Football Guide
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