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Top teams try to avoid upsets in Week 7 of NJCAA football
 October 3, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Week 7 of the 2012 NJCAA football season has arrived and the early season shuffling has started to subside as teams establish themselves in the conference standings and national poll. Only eight teams ranked in the Top 20 will face opponents with a winning record this week and four of those teams will play each other.

NJCAA Game of the Week

#16 Dean (4-1) at #10 ASA (5-0)
Saturday, 12:00 p.m. (ET)


Saturday, two of the top teams in the NFC will go head-to-head when No. 16 Dean travels to No. 10 ASA. The Dean Bulldogs will take on a top 10 opponent for the second week in-a-row, while ASA will face their first legitimate test of the 2012 season.

Despite playing three non-members and two NJCAA schools with losing records, the Avengers have been dominant up to this point in the season. Outscoring their five opponents 311-21, ASA is the nation’s second-highest scoring team averaging 62.2 points per game and rank second in rushing yards with 298.2 per game. The Avengers have effectively utilized the tandem of sophomore running backs Hosey Williams (right #1) and James Kenner with both backs averaging over 100 yards per game. ASA also boasts the nation’s top defense that is giving up less than 66.6 yards per game and has recorded shutouts in four of their five games this season.

Fresh off a 36-22 win over No. 8 Louisburg, Dean enters Saturday’s matchup with the 12th-ranked passing attack in the country. Freshman quarterback Trevor Vasey has thrown for 1,169 yards and 11 touchdowns through the Bulldogs’ first five games of the season. Vasey has spread the ball around effectively but targeted freshman wide receiver Jalen Williams for three touchdowns last week. Dean’s defense has given up their fair share of yards in 2012 but ranks eighth in the nation in interceptions with 10 picks.

Other Games to Watch

#19 Garden City (4-1) at #2 Butler (6-0) – Saturday, 7:00 p.m. (CT) – WATCH LIVE  LISTEN LIVE
It will be a showdown in the KJCCC Saturday night when No. 2 Butler hosts No. 19 Garden City. Butler boasts the nation’s fourth-best offense – averaging 527 yards per game – and rank ninth in rushing. The Grizzlies have gone relatively untested up to this point in the season and will face their first opponent with a winning record when the Broncbusters come to town. Garden City will present the highest scoring offense that Butler has faced this season, averaging 43.6 points per game.  

#20 Ridgewater (5-1) at Rochester (5-1) – Saturday, 1:30 p.m. (CT) – WATCH LIVE  LISTEN LIVE
Last season’s MCAC playoff qualifiers from the Southern Division will clash Saturday when defending conference champion Rochester hosts No. 20 Ridgewater. Having already suffered a divisional loss this season, Rochester needs a victory to keep up with the Warriors and Central Lakes in the playoff race. Utilizing a two-quarterback system, the Yellowjackets own the nation’s top passing offense with 374.7 yards per game through the air. After jumping out to a 5-0 start, the Ridgewater Warriors dropped a heartbreaking loss last week against Fond du Lac.

Holmes (3-2) at #5 East Mississippi (5-0) – Saturday, 2:00 p.m. (CT) – WATCH LIVE  LISTEN LIVE
After coasting through their first five games, No. 5 East Mississippi will get their first true test of 2012 against visiting Holmes. The Lions’ opponents this season have a combined record of 5-19, while the Holmes Bulldogs are 3-0 in divisional play. Freshman quarterback Quez Johnson has filled the hole left by 2011 NJCAA Offensive Player of the Year Bo Wallace, throwing for 1,248 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. With a struggling offense, the Bulldogs will rely on their defense which has held their opponents to 134.6 passing yards per game.

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 (5-0) vs. Arkansas Baptist (1-5) – Saturday, 11:00 a.m.
2. Butler (6-0) vs. #19 Garden City (4-1) – Saturday, 7:00 p.m.
3. Arizona Western (4-0) at Phoenix (2-2) – Saturday, 7:00 p.m.
4. Northwest Mississippi (4-0) at Mississippi Delta (0-5) – Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
5. East Mississippi (5-0) vs. Holmes (3-2) – Saturday, 2:00 p.m.
6. Nassau (5-0) at Hudson Valley (0-5) – Saturday, 3:00 p.m.
7. Kilgore (5-0) at Blinn (2-2) – Saturday, 7:00 p.m.
8. Mississippi Gulf Coast (4-1) vs. Pearl River (2-3) – Thursday, 7:00 p.m.
9. Snow (4-1) vs. Pima (1-5) – Saturday, 12:00 p.m.
10. ASA (5-0) vs. #16 Dean (4-1) – Saturday, 12:00 p.m.
11. Navarro (4-1) vs. Tyler (3-2) – Saturday, 3:00 p.m.
12. Hutchinson (4-1) vs. *Air Force Prep – Saturday, 7:00 p.m.
13. NE Oklahoma A&M (4-1) at Trinity Valley (2-4) – Saturday, 3:00 p.m.
14. Copiah-Lincoln (4-1) at Itawamba (3-2) – Thursday, 7:00 p.m.
15. Louisburg (4-1) vs. Monroe (2-3) – Saturday, 12:00 p.m.
16. Dean (4-1) at #10 ASA (5-0) – Saturday, 12:00 p.m.
17. Central Lakes (5-1) vs. Vermilion (0-6) – Saturday, 2:00 p.m.
18. Iowa Central (4-1) vs. *Morningside JV – Sunday, 2:00 p.m.
19. Garden City (4-1) at #2 Butler (6-0) – Saturday, 7:00 p.m.
20. Ridgewater (5-1) at Rochester (5-1) – Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

Check out this week’s full Top 20 rankings


Complete NJCAA Football Schedule (Oct. 4-7)
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, Oct. 4
MCAC (Minnesota College Athletic Conference)
Northland (3-3) at Itasca (1-5) – 7:00 p.m.

MACJC (Mississippi Assoc. of Community & Junior Colleges)
Northeast Mississippi (1-4) at Coahoma (1-4) – 6:30 p.m.
#4 Northwest Mississippi (4-0) at Mississippi Delta (0-5) – 6:30 p.m.
#14 Copiah-Lincoln (4-1) at Itawamba (3-2) – 7:00 p.m.
Southwest Mississippi (0-4) at Hinds (2-3) – 7:00 p.m.
Pearl River (2-3) at #8 Mississippi Gulf Coast (4-1) – 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 6
Non-Conference
Arkansas Baptist (1-5) at #1 Iowa Western (5-0) – 11:00 a.m.
*Hargrave Military at Georgia Military (3-2) – 1:00 p.m.
*Columbia Basin at North Dakota SCS (2-2) – 1:00 p.m.
Ellsworth (2-2) at Dakota-Bottineau (0-4) – 1:00 p.m.
Globe (3-2) at *Thaddeus Stevens – 3:00 p.m.
*Southeast Prep at Cisco (1-4) – 2:00 p.m.
*Air Force Prep at #12 Hutchinson (4-1) – 7:00 p.m.

KJCCC (Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference)
Highland (1-4) at Coffeyville (3-2) – 7:00 p.m.
Fort Scott (2-4) at Independence (3-3) – 7:00 p.m.
#19 Garden City (4-1) at #2 Butler (6-0) – 7:00 p.m.

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

MACJC (Mississippi Assoc. of Community & Junior Colleges)
Holmes (3-2) at #5 East Mississippi (5-0) – 2:00 p.m.
East Central (2-3) at Jones County (3-2) – 3:00 p.m.

NFC (Northeast Football Conference)
Lackawanna (3-2) at Erie (2-3) – 12:00 p.m.
#16 Dean (4-1) at #10 ASA (5-0) – 12:00 p.m.
1Monroe (2-3) at #15 Louisburg (4-1) – 12:00 p.m.
#6 Nassau (5-0) at Hudson Valley (0-5) – 3:00 p.m.
1Doesn’t count toward conference records

SWJCFC (Southwest Junior College Football Conference)
Tyler (3-2) at #11 Navarro (4-1) – 3:00 p.m.
#13 NE Oklahoma A&M (4-1) at Trinity Valley (2-4) – 3:00 p.m.
#7 Kilgore (5-0) at Blinn (2-2) – 7:00 p.m.

WSFL (Western States Football League)
Pima (1-5) at #9 Snow (4-1) – 12:00 p.m.
Mesa (3-2) at Scottsdale (3-2) – 7:00 p.m.
Eastern Arizona (2-3) at Glendale (2-2) – 7:00 p.m.
#3 Arizona Western (4-0) at Phoenix (2-2) – 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 30
Non-Conference
*St. John Fisher JV at Alfred State (2-1) – 1:00 p.m.
*Morningside JV at #18 Iowa Central (4-1) – 2:00 p.m.


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

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Photos Courtesy of Jared Dort/AWC Photo Services, Dean College, ASA College, Randy Smith/Butler Athletics, David Rosinski/East Mississippi Community College and Samantha Laderer/Rochester Community & Technical College.

 





























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