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Top 15 battles highlight `Championship Week' in NJCAA Football
 November 8, 2013

NJCAA Football 'Championship Week' Preview

Some of the most compelling games of the 2013 NJCAA Football schedule take center stage this week as four ranked teams go head-to-head and six of the nation’s Top 20 face opponents with winning records. 

NJCAA Game of the Week

#4 Jones County (9-1) at #2 East Mississippi (10-0)
Saturday, 2:00 p.m. (CT)

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Two of the nation’s most prolific offenses will go head-to-head Saturday when No. 4 Jones County heads to #2 East Mississippi for the MACJC Championship game.

Averaging 619.7 yards and 63.4 points per game, the East Mississippi Lions boast the top offensive attack in the nation. The Lions’ third-ranked passing attack is headed by sophomore quarterback Dontreal Pruitt who has thrown for 3,399 yards and 40 touchdowns this season – ranking second in the country in both categories. Pruitt has a plethora of targets as 11 different East Mississippi receivers have caught a touchdown pass and have at least 10 catches on the season. The Lions defense has the most tenacious in the land as opponents are being held to just 178.2 yards and 6.1 points per game. Sophomore defensive linemen Jimmie Gipson III (right, #40) and D.J. Pettway both rank in the top five in the nation in sacks with 11.5 and nine, respectively.

Although Jones County hasn’t posted the video game-like numbers that East Mississippi has, their offense was sensational this season against the MACJC South defenses that rank among the best in the country. Sophomore wide receivers Jamicheal Willis and Quartez Cooks (right, #3) are among the best in two-year college football.  Willis leads the Bobcats with 54 receptions and 951 yards, while Cooks has caught a team-high 10 touchdown passes in 2013. Freshman linebackers Jamal Lucas and Kendall Island lead the Jones County defense that ranks in the top 20 in points allowed. Sophomore defensive backs Victor Jenkins and D’Andre Jackson have combined for 9 interceptions this season.

Jones County is making their first appearance in the MACJC Championship Game since 2002 and is seeking their first conference title since 1998. East Mississippi will look to notch their third conference championship in five years.
TOP: Jones County Athletics
BOTTOM: East Mississippi Athletics

The Lions & Bobcats meet for the MACJC title.
The last time these two teams met was in the 2009 MACJC semifinals where the Lions pulled out a 26-16 victory. Jones County leads the overall series 38-12-4.

Other Conference Championships on the Line

#5 Scottsdale (8-1) vs. #7 Mesa (8-1)
Saturday, 7:00 p.m. (MT)
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*Round Valley Ensphere (Eager, AZ)

Saturday’s matchup between No. 7 Mesa and No. 5 Scottsdale will mark the first WSFL Championship Game and the first conference title to be awarded to a team other than Arizona Western or Snow for the first time since 2005. Sophomore quarterback Blake Decker has been lighting up the stat sheet for the Fighting Artichokes, leading the country with 3,809 yards passing and 42 touchdowns. Mesa’s passing attack is highlighted by sophomore wide receiver Cody Saul who tops the nation with 121.8 receiving yards per game and ranks second with 11 touchdown grabs. In Week 4, Scottsdale outgunned the Thunderbirds in a 58-55 shootout.

#13 Navarro (8-2) vs. #8 Trinity Valley (8-2)
Saturday, 3:00 p.m. (CT)

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Two contrasting styles of play clash Saturday in the Lone Star State when No. 8 Trinity Valley hosts No. 13 Navarro in the SWJCFC Championship Game. Using the ground and pound game, Navarro will provide a heavy dose of sophomore running back Tim Wright who has run for 20 touchdowns – second most in the country – and ranks third with 139.1 rushing yards per game. On the other sideline, Cardinals sophomore quarterback Ryan Polite ranks in the top five in passing yards with 301. 8 per game and touchdowns with 29 through the air. The Bulldogs are looking to claim their fourth consecutive SWJCFC title, while Trinity Valley shoots for their first since 2005.

#18 Hutchinson (7-3) at #6 Butler (8-1)
Sunday, 1:30 p.m. (CT)

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Just two weeks after edging out a six-overtime 19-16 win over Hutchinson, No. 6 Butler welcomes back the No. 18 Blue Dragons Sunday for the KJCCC Championship Game.  The Grizzlies will rely on their top five defense that is holding opponents to just 10.7 points per game and kept Hutchinson scoreless in five consecutive overtime during their first meeting. After making his first collegiate start in Hutchinson’s first matchup with Butler, freshman quarterback Frankie Seuer will look to lead the Blue Dragons to their first postseason conference title since 1995. With a victory, Butler will secure their 12th conference championship in 13 seasons. Following Butler’s regular season win, the all-time series record is now tied at 44-44-1.

#11 Central Lakes (9-1) vs. #12 Rochester (9-1)
Sunday, 1:00 p.m. (CT)

*Husky Stadium (Stearns, MN)

Two of the most dominant programs in Minnesota over the past decade will face-off Sunday when No. 11 Central Lakes and No. 12 Rochester meet in the MCAC Championship Game. The Rochester Yellowjackets defense has held their opponents to just 197.3 yards per game this season – ranking third in the NJCAA. Raiders sophomore quarterback Andrew Johnson will look to buck that trend as he has thrown for 2,513 yards and 25 touchdowns on the year. Despite finishing the season with identical records, the Yellowjackets claimed the MCAC Southern division title with a 48-21 over Central Lakes back in September.

#16 ASA (7-1) at #15 Nassau (9-1)
Saturday, 12:00 p.m. (ET)

For the second year in-a-row, the NFC championship will be determined in the final week of the season when No. 15 Nassau takes on No. 16 ASA. Having won seven straight since falling to Georgia Military 22-15 in their season-opener, the ASA Avengers have excelled behind freshman quarterback Aaron Young who has thrown 17 touchdown passes against only two interceptions this season. Nassau presents their own weapon in sophomore Antwane Grant who’s 12 touchdown catches leads the nation. The only loss suffered by each team this season came at the hands of top-ranked Georgia Military. In last year’s battle between No. 3 Nassau and No. 5 ASA, the Avengers clinched their first conference championship with a 30-29 win.

The Top 20 in Week 12 
*Non-NJCAA member school

#1 Georgia Military (10-0) vs. Lackawanna (4-5)
Sunday1:00 p.m. (ET) – Lane Stadium (Blacksburg, VA)

#4 Jones County (9-1) at #2 East Mississippi (10-0)
Saturday2:00 p.m. (CT)

#5 Scottsdale (8-1) vs. #7 Mesa (8-1)
Saturday7:00 p.m. (MT) Round Valley Ensphere (Eager, AZ)

#18 Hutchinson (7-3) at #6 Butler (8-1)
Sunday1:30 p.m. (CT)

#13 Navarro (8-2) at #8 Trinity Valley (8-2)
Saturday3:00 p.m. (CT)

#11 Central Lakes (9-1) vs. #12 Rochester (9-1)
Sunday1:00 p.m. (CT) Husky Stadium (Stearns, MN)

#16 ASA (7-1) at #15 Nassau (9-1)
Saturday12:00 p.m. (ET)

Byes: #3 Iowa Western, #9 Mississippi Gulf Coast, #10 Copiah-Lincoln,
Butler Athletics
QB Hunter Vaughn will try to lead Butler to their 12th KJCCC crown in 13 years.

#14 Tyler, #17 Hinds, #19 Dodge City, #20 Minnesota West

Check out this week’s full Top 20 rankings

Complete NJCAA Football Week 12 Schedule (Nov. 9-10)
It is the responsibility of each NJCAA school to post their own scores to the NJCAA website using the Presto Sports NJCAA Stat System.

Saturday, Nov. 9th

MACJC Championship Game (Time CT)
#4 Jones County (9-1) at #2 East Mississippi (10-0) – 2:00 p.m.

SWJCFC Championship Game (Time CT)
#13 Navarro (8-2) at #8 Trinity Valley (8-2) – 3:00 p.m.

WSFL Championship Game (Time MT)
#5 Scottsdale (8-1) vs. #7 Mesa (8-1) – 7:00 p.m.
Round Valley Ensphere (Eager, AZ)

MFC (All Times CT)
DuPage (6-3) at Ellsworth (2-7) – 1:00 p.m.
Iowa Central (4-5) at North Dakota SCS (3-6) – 1:00 p.m.

NFC (All Times ET)
#16 ASA (7-1) at #15 Nassau (9-1) – 12:00 p.m.

NON-CONFERENCE (All Times ET  - *Non-Member School)
*East Coast Prep at Hudson Valley (2-6) – 1:00 p.m.
Dakota-Bottineau (7-2) at *Trinity Bible – 2:00 p.m.

WSFL Consolation Playoffs (All Times MT)
Glendale (4-6) at Snow (4-6) – 12:00 p.m.
Arizona Western (2-8) at Pima (4-5) – 1:30 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 10th

KJCCC Championship Game (Time CT)
#18 Hutchinson (7-3) at #6 Butler (8-1) – 1:30 p.m.

MCAC Championship Game (Time CT)
#11 Central Lakes (9-1) vs. #12 Rochester (9-1) – 1:00 p.m.
Husky Stadium (Stearns, MN)

1Lackawanna (4-5) vs. #1 Georgia Military (10-0) – 1:00 p.m.
Monroe (6-3) at Globe IT (3-5) – 1:30 p.m.
1Lane Stadium (Blacksburg, VA)

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