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Conference races wide open entering Week 8 of NJCAA football
 October 11, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – After seven weeks of play, there are still several contenders in NJCAA football vying for their respective conference’s title or a playoff berth. In Week 8 of the 2012 season, unranked squads across the map are seeking key upsets to move up in their conference’s standings.


NJCAA Game of the Week

#5 Kilgore (6-0) at #15 Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (5-1)
Saturday, 2:00 p.m. (CT) –
LISTEN LIVE

The Red River Rivalry won’t be the only big game Saturday between two schools from Texas and Oklahoma. In the SWJCFC, two of the conference’s top three squads will clash when No. 5 Kilgore travels to No. 15 Northeastern Oklahoma A&M.

The Kilgore Rangers will look to sew up the SWJCFC regular season championship and home-field advantage throughout the conference playoffs with a win Saturday. Ranking in the bottom half of the nation in both offense and defense, the Rangers have simply found ways to win this season. Kilgore has won three of their six games by 11 points or less. Sophomore wide receiver Ed’Marques Batties has been the Ranger’s biggest offensive threat in 2012 with 31 receptions for 463 yards and seven touchdowns.

Despite their double-overtime defeat at the hands of Tyler two weeks ago, the Norsemen still control their own destiny in their quest for the SWJCFC regular season crown. Northeastern Oklahoma A&M has scored in a multitude of ways this season, averaging 41.2 points per game. The Norsemen defense has given up their fair share of yards – allowing 328.6 yards per game this season – but has held their opponents to 23 points per game.


Other Games to Watch

Georgia Military (4-2) at #7 Nassau (6-0) – Saturday, 12:00 p.m. (ET) – WATCH LIVE
After going relatively untested up to this point in the season, No. 7 Nassau enters the gauntlet of their schedule this week when they welcome in Georgia Military. Nassau will utilize a two-headed rushing attack behind sophomore running back Louis Johnson and freshman running back David White. Georgia Military will rely on their balanced offensive attack that is averaging 205.7 yards through the air and 214.7 on the ground.

#10 Snow (5-1) at Mesa (4-2) – Saturday, 7:00 p.m. (PT)
With the WSFL championship up for grabs, the result of Saturday’s matchup between No. 10 Snow and Mesa will have a huge impact on the conference’s final standings. The Snow Badgers boast one of the best offensive combinations in the country in sophomore quarterback Christian Stewart and sophomore running back Breon Allen. Both Snow and Mesa will rely on big defensive plays as the teams rank first and second, respectively, in forced turnovers this season.  

#17 Central Lakes (6-1) at Ridgewater (5-2) – Saturday, 2:00 p.m. (CT)
In the final game of the regular season, No. 17 Central Lakes and Ridgewater will battle for a MCAC playoff berth and a shot at the Southern Division title. With a victory, the Central Lakes Raiders will clinch the division’s regular season championship and will have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. A Ridgewater win would secure a playoff spot for the Warriors and put them in position to claim the division crown with a Rochester loss. A loss by Rochester would also guarantee Central Lakes a spot in the conference playoffs.


This Week in the Top 20
All Times Local
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It is the responsibility of each NJCAA school to post their own scores and stats 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 (6-0) at North Dakota SCS (3-2) – Saturday, 1:00 p.m.
2. Butler (7-0) has a bye.
3. Arizona Western (5-0) has a bye.
4. East Mississippi (6-0) at Northeast Mississippi (2-4) – Thursday, 7:00 p.m.
5. Kilgore (6-0) at #15 NE Oklahoma A&M (5-1) – Saturday, 2:00 p.m.
6. Northwest Mississippi (5-0) vs. Holmes (3-3) – Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
7. Nassau (6-0) vs. Georgia Military (4-2) – Saturday, 12:00 p.m.
8. ASA (6-0) at Lackawanna (4-2) – Saturday, 12:00 p.m.
9. Mississippi Gulf Coast (5-1) at Southwest Mississippi (0-5) – Saturday, 5:00 p.m.
10. Snow (5-1) at Mesa (4-2) – Saturday, 7:00 p.m.
11. Navarro (5-1) vs. *Southeast Prep – Saturday, 3:00 p.m.
12. Hutchinson (5-1) vs. Independence (3-4) – Saturday, 7:00 p.m.
13. Copiah-Lincoln (5-1) at Pearl River (2-4) – Saturday, 3:00 p.m.
14. Louisburg (5-1) has a bye.
15. NE Oklahoma A&M (5-1) vs. #5 Kilgore (6-0) – Saturday, 2:00 p.m.
16. Iowa Central (5-1) vs. Ellsworth (3-2) – Saturday, 1:00 p.m.
17. Central Lakes (6-1) at Ridgewater (5-2) – Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
18. Rochester (6-1) vs. Minnesota West (5-2) – Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
19. Jones County (4-2) at Hinds (3-3) – Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
20. College of DuPage (5-2) has a bye.
20. New Mexico Military (4-2) at Eastern Arizona (2-4) – Saturday, 6:00 p.m.

Check out this week’s full Top 20 rankings


Complete NJCAA Football Schedule (Oct. 4-7)
All Times Local
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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. 11
MCAC (Minnesota College Athletic Conference)
Mesabi Range (1-6) at Northland (4-3) – 6:00 p.m.
Fond du Lac (4-3) at Vermilion (1-6) – 7:00 p.m.
Itasca (2-5) at Minnesota State (1-6) – 7:00 p.m.

MACJC (Mississippi Assoc. of Community & Junior Colleges)
#19 Jones County (4-2) at Hinds (3-3) – 6:30 p.m.
Holmes (3-3) at #6 Northwest Mississippi (5-0) – 6:30 p.m.
#4 East Mississippi (6-0) at Northeast Mississippi (2-4) – 7:00 p.m.
Coahoma (1-5) at Itawamba (3-3) – 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 13
Non-Conference
Georgia Military (4-2) at #7 Nassau (6-0) – 12:00 p.m.
Globe (4-2) at Alfred State (3-1) – 1:00 p.m.
*Trinity Bible at Dakota-Bottineau (0-5) – 2:00 p.m.
*Southeast Prep at #11 Navarro (5-1) – 3:00 p.m.

KJCCC (Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference)
Garden City (4-2) at Highland (1-5) – 1:00 p.m.
Independence (3-4) at #12 Hutchinson (5-1) – 7:00 p.m.
Dodge City (0-6) at Coffeyville (4-2) – 7:00 p.m.

MFC (Midwest Football Conference)
#1 Iowa Western (6-0) at North Dakota SCS (3-2) – 1:00 p.m.
Ellsworth (3-2) at #16 Iowa Central (5-1) – 1:00 p.m.

MCAC (Minnesota College Athletic Conference)
Minnesota West (5-2) at #18 Rochester (6-1) – 1:30 p.m.
#17 Central Lakes (6-1) at Ridgewater (5-2) – 1:30 p.m.

MACJC (Mississippi Assoc. of Community & Junior Colleges)
East Central (2-4) at Mississippi Delta (0-6) – 2:00 p.m.
#13 Copiah-Lincoln (5-1) at Pearl River (2-4) – 3:00 p.m.
#9 Mississippi Gulf Coast (5-1) at Southwest Mississippi (0-5) – 5:00 p.m.

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

SWJCFC (Southwest Junior College Football Conference)
#5 Kilgore (6-0) at #15 Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (5-1) – 2:00 p.m.
Blinn (2-3) at Trinity Valley (2-5) – 3:00 p.m.
Cisco (2-4) at Tyler (3-3) – 7:00 p.m.

WSFL (Western States Football League)
#20 New Mexico Military (4-2) at Eastern Arizona (2-4) – 6:00 p.m.
#10 Snow (5-1) at Mesa (4-2) – 7:00 p.m.
2Scottsdale (3-3) vs. Pima (1-6) – 7:00 p.m.
Glendale (3-2) at Phoenix (2-3) – 7:00 p.m.
2Played at Sahuarita High School

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

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Photos Courtesy of Lee Adams/www.jucoweekly.org, Cindy Kulak/Kilgore News Herald Photo, Mickey Garcia/scoreboardphotos.com, Nassau Community College, Snow College and Jeff Collins/Collins Photography.

 





























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