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NJCAA football closes September with intriguing matchups
 September 26, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Fall has officially arrived and as the air cools, football is heating up in the NJCAA. A new No. 1 will put their ranking to the test this week as every team ranked in the Top 20 hits the field in Week 6.

NJCAA Game of the Week

Georgia Military (3-1) at #1 Iowa Western (4-0)
Saturday, 1:00 p.m. (CT) – WATCH LIVE  LISTEN LIVE


This week, Iowa Western became the first school from the Hawkeye state to be ranked No. 1 in football since 1987. The Reivers will have a tough test in their first game as the top-ranked team in the land when the Bulldogs of Georgia Military come to town.

Iowa Western has been one of the most dominant teams in the country thus far in the 2012 season. Averaging 67.2 points per game – the most in the nation – the Reivers have outscored their opponents 269-63. The Reivers also lead the country in total yards – averaging 594.8 yards per game – and are one of only three schools to rank in the top ten in both passing and rushing. Led by sophomore quarterback Jake Waters (right), Iowa Western boasts the third-best air attack in the NJCAA with 356.8 passing yards per game.

The Bulldogs will have upset on their minds Saturday as they look to make Iowa Western’s reign at No. 1 a short one. Averaging 208.8 yards passing and 204.8 yards rushing, Georgia Military has presented a balanced attack on offense that opposing defenses have found difficult to predict. Bulldogs freshman quarterback Clay Chastain has compiled 789 yards through the air and nine touchdowns in 2012.

Other Games to Watch

#20 Itawamba (3-1) at #4 Northwest Mississippi (3-0) – Thursday, 6:30 p.m. (CT) – WATCH LIVE  LISTEN LIVE

Two of the top contenders to dethrone East Mississippi in the MACJC North will clash Thursday when No. 20 Itawamba travels to No. 4 Northwest Mississippi. The Northwest Rangers have jumped out to a 3-0 start in 2012 behind a powerful running attack and a strong defense that is holding opponents to 35 yards rushing per game. After suffering a disappointing 14-12 loss to Holmes last week, the Indians will try to rebound behind a stout defense of their own that has given up only 46 points through the first four games.

#15 Scottsdale (3-1) at #12 Snow (3-1) – Saturday, 12:00 p.m. (MT) – WATCH LIVE

It will be a clash of two contrasting styles of play Saturday when No. 12 Snow entertains No. 15 Scottsdale. The Snow Badgers will look to control the clock with the nation’s fifth-ranked rushing attack - led by sophomore running back Breon Allen – that is averaging 257.5 yards per game on the ground. On the other side, the Artichokes of Scottsdale will utilize their air raid offense that is averaging 278.5 passing yards per game behind the arm of freshman quarterback Jordan Gehrke.

Dean (3-1) at #8 Louisburg (4-0) – Saturday, 11:00 a.m. (ET)
One week after a tight 24-22 win over Lackawanna, Louisburg will defend their No. 8 ranking Saturday against the visiting Dean Bulldogs. The Hurricanes have shown their grit in the fourth quarter this season, winning three games by five points or less. After suffering an overtime defeat at the hands of Navy Prep in their season-opener, the Bulldogs have been impressive in their last three outings and will look to continue their win-streak with an upset of Louisburg.

This Week in the Top 20
All Times Local
*Non-NJCAA member school

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 National JC Football Scoreboard.

This Week in the Top 20

1. Iowa Western (4-0) vs. Georgia Military (3-1) – Saturday, 1:00 p.m.
2. Arizona Western (3-0)
at Eastern Arizona (2-2) – Saturday, 6:00 p.m.
3. Butler (5-0)
vs. *Air Force Prep – Saturday, 7:00 p.m.
4. Northwest Mississippi (3-0)
vs. #20 Itawamba (3-1) – Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
5. East Mississippi (4-0)
at Coahoma (1-3) – Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
6. Kilgore (4-0)
at Cisco (1-3) – Saturday, 3:00 p.m.
7. Nassau (4-0)
vs. Lackawanna (3-1) – Saturday, 12:00 p.m.
8. Louisburg (4-0)
vs. Dean (3-1) – Saturday, 11:00 a.m.
9. NE Oklahoma A&M (4-0)
at Tyler (2-2) – Thursday, 7:00 p.m.
10. Mississippi Gulf Coast (3-1)
vs. Northeast Mississippi (1-3) – Thurs., 7:00 p.m.
11. ASA (4-0)
at *Widener JV – Sunday, 4:00 p.m.
12. Snow (3-1)
vs. #15 Scottsdale (3-1) – Saturday, 12:00 p.m.
13. Hutchinson (3-1)
at Highland (1-3) – Saturday, 1:00 p.m.
14. Navarro (3-1)
at Trinity Valley (2-3) – 7:00 p.m.
15. Scottsdale (3-1)
at #12 Snow (3-1) – 12:00 p.m.
16. College of DuPage (4-1)
at Ellsworth (1-2) – Saturday, 1:00 p.m.
17. Ridgewater (5-0)
vs. Fond du Lac (3-2) – Saturday, 6:00 p.m.
18. Jones County (3-1)
at Copiah-Lincoln (3-1) – Thursday, 7:00 p.m.
19. Minnesota West (4-1)
vs. Central Lakes (4-1) – Saturday, 2:30 p.m.
20. Itawamba (3-1)
at #4 Northwest Mississippi (3-0) – Thursday, 6:30 p.m.

Check out this week’s full Top 20 rankings

Complete NJCAA Football Schedule (Sept. 27-30)
All Times Local
*Non-NJCAA member school

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. 27
MCAC (Minnesota College Athletic Conference)
Itasca (1-4) at Mesabi Range (1-4) – 7:00 p.m.

MACJC (Mississippi Assoc. of Community & Junior Colleges)

#5 East Mississippi (4-0) at Coahoma (1-3) – 6:30 p.m.
#20 Itawamba (3-1) at #4 Northwest Mississippi (3-0) – 6:30 p.m.
Northeast Mississippi (1-3) at #10 Mississippi Gulf Coast (3-1) – 7:00 p.m.
Pearl River (1-3) at Southwest Mississippi (0-3) – 7:00 p.m.
#18 Jones County (3-1) at Copiah-Lincoln (3-1) – 7:00 p.m.

SWJCFC (Southwest Junior College Football Conference)
#9 Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (4-0) at Tyler (2-2) – 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 29
Non-Conference
Arkansas Baptist (0-5) at *Chattahoochee Tech – 12:00 p.m.
Georgia Military (3-1) at #1 Iowa Western (4-0) – 1:00 p.m.
Dakota-Bottineau (0-3) at North Dakota SCS (1-2) – 1:00 p.m.
*Air Force Prep at #3 Butler (5-0) – 7:00 p.m.
Fort Scott (2-3) at Garden City (3-1) – 7:00 p.m.

KJCCC (Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference)
#13 Hutchinson (3-1) at Highland (1-3) – 1:00 p.m.
Independence (2-3) at Dodge City (0-5) – 7:00 p.m.
Fort Scott (2-3) at Garden City (3-1) – 7:00 p.m.

MFC (Midwest Football Conference)
#16 College of DuPage (4-1) at Ellsworth (1-2) – 1:00 p.m.

MCAC (Minnesota College Athletic Conference)
Rochester (4-1) at Minnesota State (1-4) – 2:30 p.m.
Central Lakes (4-1) at #19 Minnesota West (4-1) – 2:30 p.m.
Vermilion (0-5) at Northland (2-3) – 3:00 p.m.
Fond du Lac (3-2) at #17 Ridgewater (5-0) – 6:00 p.m.

MACJC (Mississippi Assoc. of Community & Junior Colleges)
Hinds (2-2) at East Central (1-3) – 2:30 p.m.
Mississippi Delta (0-4) at Holmes (2-2) – 4:00 p.m.

NFC (Northeast Football Conference)

Dean (3-1) at #8 Louisburg (4-0) – 11:00 a.m.
Lackawanna (3-1) at #7 Nassau (4-0) – 12:00 p.m.
Erie (1-3) at Hudson Valley (0-4) – 12:00 p.m.

SWJCFC (Southwest Junior College Football Conference)
#6 Kilgore (4-0) at Cisco (1-3) – 3:00 p.m.
#14 Navarro (3-1) at Trinity Valley (2-3) – 7:00 p.m.

WSFL (Western States Football League)

#15 Scottsdale (3-1) at #12 Snow (3-1) – 12:00 p.m.
Phoenix (2-1) at New Mexico Military (3-2) – 7:00 p.m.
#2 Arizona Western (3-0) at Eastern Arizona (2-2) – 6:00 p.m.
Pima (1-4) at Mesa (2-2) – 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 30
Non-Conference
Globe (3-1) at Monroe (1-3) – 12:00 p.m.
*Grand View JV at Iowa Central (3-1) – 1:00 p.m.
#11 ASA (4-0) at *Widener JV – 4:00 p.m.

For more information on NJCAA Football, download the 2012 NJCAA Football Media Guide.

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Photos Courtesy of Snow College, Iowa Western Community College and Northwest Mississippi Community College.





























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