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Surprising week 5 shakes up NJCAA football landscape
 September 25, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – An upset of the nation’s No. 1 team by an unranked opponent highlighted a wild week of NJCAA football. When all was said and done, eight ranked teams suffered defeats and six undefeated squads saw their perfect records blemished with a loss.

Top 20 Rankings – Week 5

  COLLEGE   RECORD      POINTS     1st VOTES      PREV.
1. Iowa Western     4-0  196.5  3
2. Arizona Western 3-0  181.5  0
3. Butler 5-0  180.5  3
4. Northwest Mississippi 3-0  166.0  0
5. East Mississippi 4-0  162.5  3
6. Kilgore 4-0  153.0  0 10 
7. Nassau 4-0  147.0  0 13 
8. Louisburg 4-0  137.0  0
9. NE Oklahoma A&M 4-0  115.5  0 18 
10. Mississippi Gulf Coast       3-1  114.0  0 19 
11. ASA 4-0  88.0  0 14 
12. Snow 3-1  87.5  0 20 
13.   Hutchinson 3-1  82.0  0 15 
14. Navarro 3-1  68.0  0 NR 
15. Scottsdale 3-1  58.0  0 NR 
16. College of DuPage 4-1  47.0  0
17. Ridgewater 5-0  45.5  0 NR 
18. Jones County 3-1  32.0  0 NR 
19. Minnesota West 4-1  24.5  0
20. Itawamba 3-1  17.0  0 NR 

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A Look Back at Week 5’s Top Matchups

#9 Scottsdale (3-1)

38

#5 Arizona Western (3-0)

63

It wouldn’t take long for the No. 5 Arizona Western Matadors to prove who the better team on the field was Saturday, outpacing No.9 Scottsdale 63-38. Arizona Western led Scottsdale 31-9 at halftime and kept the Artichokes at arms-length the rest of the way. Freshman quarterback Tanner McEvoy was 20-for-30 passing for 416 yards and five touchdowns. McEvoy’s favorite target in the game was freshman wide receiver Markeith Ambles who had 10 receptions for 266 yards and two touchdowns. The Matador defense caused problems for Scottsdale’s passing game all night, racking up five sacks and two interceptions. Scottsdale’s two quarterbacks struggled to find their receivers, completing only 34.9 percent of their passes (22-for-63).

#8 Navarro (3-1)

35

#10 Kilgore (4-0)

45

The No. 10 Kilgore Rangers proved themselves as a legitimate contender Saturday in a 45-35 win over No. 8 Navarro. Trailing 35-30 in the fourth quarter, Kilgore’s game-tying field goal was blocked by the Bulldogs. Rangers freshman wide receiver Joe Herrick scooped up the live ball and put in the end zone for the go-ahead touchdown. After converting a two-point conversion to go up 38-35, Kilgore put the game away when sophomore cornerback James Jones intercepted a pass by Navarro sophomore quarterback Stump Godfrey and took it 49 yards for the touchdown.

#15 Louisburg (4-0)

24

#17 Lackawanna (3-1)

22

Living up to the hype, No. 15 Louisburg’s 24-22 win over No. 17 Lackawanna was a drama-filled battle that went down to the wire. With 4:53 remaining in the game, Louisburg freshman kicker Ryan Samuels hit the game-winning 40-yard field goal for the sixth lead change in the contest. After Louisburg took a 21-16 lead into halftime, both defenses ratcheted up the intensity as both teams were held to under 300 yards of total offense. Hurricanes freshman quarterback Madison Mills was 11-of-20 passing for 201 yards and two touchdowns in the victory.

#18 Minnesota West (4-1)

9

Ridgewater (5-0)

28

Ridgewater ran over the No. 18 Bluejays of Minnesota West for a 28-9 victory. The Warriors pounded Minnesota West for 273 yards rushing on 48 carries. Freshman running back Martell Baker spearheaded Ridgewater’s ground game with 13 rushes for 118 yards and a touchdown. The Bluejays offense was held to 188 yards of total offense and only picked up 41 rushing yards on 30 attempts.

Top NFL Performances from Former NJCAA Student-Athletes

Shaun Hill
, QB – Detroit Lions (Hutchinson ‘99) – After the Lions lost starting quarterback Matthew Stafford due to an injured hamstring against the Titans, Hill (right) filled right in. The former Blue Dragon completed 10-of-13 passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns, including a 46-yard Hail Mary to wide receiver Titus Young that sent the game to overtime. Hill and the Lions eventually fell in overtime 44-41 after Hill was stopped on a quarterback sneak on fourth-and-1 from the Titans 7.

Daniel Thomas, RB – Miami Dolphins (Northwest Mississippi ‘07) – Thomas rushed for a game-high 69 yards on 19 carries in the Dolphins’ 23-20 overtime loss to the New York Jets. The former Ranger also punched in the game’s opening score on a 1-yard touchdown run. Thomas and the Dolphins will pack their bags and head west Sunday to face the Arizona Cardinals.

Reggie Nelson, S – Cincinnati Bengals (Coffeyville ’04) – Nelson was busy Sunday in the Bengals’ 38-31 win over the Washington Redskins. Going up against the passing attack of Robert Griffin III, Nelson made several key tackles in the secondary to prevent the Redskins receivers from breaking free for big plays. The former Red Raven finished with seven solo tackles and assisted on three more. Sunday, Nelson and the Bengals head to Jacksonville.

Top NCAA (FBS) Performances from Former NJCAA Student-Athletes

Quinton Patton
, WR – Louisiana Tech (Coffeyville ‘10) – Patton (right) had a career day in the Bulldogs’ 52-24 thrashing of Illinois. The former Red Raven hauled in six receptions for 164 yards, including two touchdowns from 78 yards and 21 yards out. Next up for Louisiana Tech and Patton is a road trip to Virginia Saturday.

Chandler Whitmer, QB – UConn (Butler ‘11) – The Huskies were unable to pull out a victory at Western Michigan – falling 30-24 – but saw Whitmer explode offensively. The former Grizzly connected on 28-of-44 passes for 333 yards and three touchdowns. Whitmer and UConn return home this weekend to host Buffalo.

Chris Young, LB – Arizona State (Arizona Western ‘11) – In the Sun Devils’ 37-7 win over Utah, Young was all over the field on the defensive end. The former Matador compiled eight tackles – six solo – including two for a loss. Young also forced a fumble and totaled 1.5 sacks in the performance. Arizona State and Chris Young head to California this week to face the Golden Bears Saturday.

How the Top 20 Fared in Week 5 
Records reflect results to game.

Top 20 Results

1. Mississippi Gulf Coast (3-1) at Jones County (3-1) – 28-35 (L)
2. Iowa Western (4-0) had a bye.
3. Butler (5-0) at Highland (1-3) – 61-0 (W)
4. East Mississippi (4-0)
vs. Mississippi Delta (0-4) – 56-0 (W)
5. Arizona Western (3-0)
vs. #9 Scottsdale (3-1) – 63-38 (W)
6.
Northwest Mississippi (3-0) at Northeast Mississippi (1-3) – 19-13 (W)
7. Nassau (4-0)
at Erie (1-3) – 27-7 (W)
8. Navarro (3-1)
at #10 Kilgore (4-0) – 35-45 (L)
9. Scottsdale (3-1)
at #5 Arizona Western (3-0) – 38-63 (L)
10. Kilgore (4-0)
vs. #8 Navarro (3-1) – 45-35 (W)
11. Hutchinson (3-1)
had a bye.
12. Itawamba (3-1) vs. Holmes (2-2) – 12-14 (L)
13. Snow (3-1)
had a bye.
14. NE Oklahoma A&M (4-0) vs. *Southeast Prep38-9 (W)
15. Louisburg (4-0)
at #17 Lackawanna (3-1) – 24-22 (W)
16. Hinds (2-2)
vs. Copiah-Lincoln (3-1) – 6-21 (L)
17. Lackawanna (3-1)
vs. #15 Louisburg (4-0) – 22-24 (L)
18. Minnesota West (4-1)
at Ridgewater (5-0) – 9-28 (L)
19. Eastern Arizona (2-2)
at Mesa (2-2) – 21-34 (L)
20. ASA (4-0)
vs. Monroe (1-3) – 72-21 (W)

Complete NJCAA Week 5 Results (Sept. 20-23)

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Non-Conference
#14 NE Oklahoma A&M (4-0) def. *Southeast Prep38-9
Garden City (3-1)
def. *Air Force Prep47-21
Georgia Military (3-1) def. Arkansas Baptist (0-5) – 31-14
Globe (3-1) def. *Williamson Free Trade48-6
Alfred State (2-1) def. *Thaddeus Stevens32-13
Iowa Central (3-1)
def. *Air Force JV30-27

KJCCC (Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference)
#3 Butler (5-0) def. Highland (1-3) – 61-0
Fort Scott (2-3)
def. Dodge City (0-5) – 34-14
Coffeyville (3-2) def. Independence (2-3) – 38-19

MFC (Midwest Football Conference)
College of DuPage (4-1) def. North Dakota SCS (1-2) – 49-21

MCAC (Minnesota College Athletic Conference)
Ridgewater (5-0) def. #18 Minnesota West (4-1) – 28-9
Rochester (4-1)
def. Mesabi Range (1-4) – 8-7
Itasca (1-4) def. Vermilion (0-5) – 19-0
Central Lakes (4-1) def. Minnesota State (1-4) – 39-6
Fond du Lac (3-2) def. Northland (2-3) – 17-0

MACJC (Mississippi Assoc. of Community & Junior Colleges)
Jones County (3-1) def. #1 Mississippi Gulf Coast (3-1) – 35-28
#4 East Mississippi (4-0)
def. Mississippi Delta (0-4) – 56-0
#6 Northwest Mississippi (3-0)
at Northeast Mississippi (1-3) – 19-13
Holmes (2-2)
def. #12 Itawamba (3-1) – 14-12
Copiah-Lincoln (3-1)
def. #16 Hinds (2-2) – 21-6
East Central (1-3)
def. Southwest Mississippi (0-3) – 16-10
Coahoma (1-3) def. Pearl River (1-3) – 34-24

NFC (Northeast Football Conference)
#7 Nassau (4-0) def. Erie (1-3) – 27-7
#15 Louisburg (4-0)
def. #17 Lackawanna (3-1) – 24-22
#20 ASA (4-0) def. Monroe (1-3) – 72-21
Dean (3-1) def. Hudson Valley (0-4) – 41-6

SWJCFC (Southwest Junior College Football Conference)
#10 Kilgore (4-0) def. #8 Navarro (3-1) – 45-35
Cisco (1-3)
def. Trinity Valley (2-3) – 19-17
Blinn (2-2) def. Tyler (2-2) – 35-27

WSFL (Western States Football League)
#5 Arizona Western (3-0) def. #9 Scottsdale (3-1) – 63-38
Mesa (2-2)
def. #19 Eastern Arizona (2-2) – 34-21
Glendale (2-2)
def. New Mexico Military (3-2) – 47-33
Phoenix (2-1) def. Pima (1-4) – 21-9


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