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Offenses set tone in Week 1 of NJCAA Football season
 August 26, 2014

Offenses set tone in Week 1 of NJCAA Football season

Week 1 of the 2014 NJCAA Football season saw several teams flex their muscles offensively as seven out of the 10 games on the schedule were decided by 20 points or more. The weekend also saw two historic powers take their first step towards contending for a national championship.

Top 20 Rankings – Week 1 (Same as Preseason)

The first regular season poll of 2014 will be released Wednesday, Sept. 3rd.

Click here for current Top 20 rankings

Highlights from Week 1’s Top Matchups

#5   Georgia Military (0-1) 30
#8   Navarro (1-0) 50

Navarro became the first team in the nation to land a signature win after outscoring No. 5 Georgia Military 50-30 Saturday. After carrying the ball just 24 times as a freshman, running back Ke’aun Kinner (right) establishing himself as a workhorse for the No. 8 Bulldogs. The Navarro sophomore has 31 carries on the afternoon, compiling 148 yards and three touchdowns. Navarro sophomore quarterback Carson Earp completed 17-of-25 passes for 195 yards, scoring two touchdowns through the air and another on the ground. Sophomore wide receiver Austin Collins also showcased his playmaking abilities for the Bulldogs, catching four passes for 91 yards and three touchdowns. Navarro jumped out to an early 21-0 lead in the first half before Georgia Military was able to get on the board. Despite leading 29-6 at halftime, Navarro lost four fumbles in the final two quarters and allowed the opposing Bulldogs to cut their deficit to 36-30 with just under seven minutes to go. Coming through down the stretch however, Navarro scored two touchdowns in the final six minutes to put the game out of reach. Navarro will be back in action next week at home against Cisco, while Georgia Military will try to regroup with a bye week.

         New Mexico Military (0-1) 10
#12  Arizona Western (1-0) 45

It didn’t take long for No. 12 Arizona Western to send a message to the country that the Matadors are back and ready to contend for a national title. Opening up the season with a 45-10 win over New Mexico Military, Arizona Western dominated from start to finish on both sides of the ball. Running backs Demi Ayoola and Darrell Monroe (bottom, #32) led the Matador offensive. Ayoola had 21 carries for 131 yards, while Monroe rushed eight times for 92 yards and two touchdowns. Arizona Western sophomore quarterback Cid Camanse-Stevens threw two touchdown passes in the first half, totaling 126 yards on 9-of-19 passing for the evening. The Matadors’ defensive effort was spearheaded by sophomore linebacker Antonio Kindard who racked up a game-high nine tackles.

    Minnesota West (0-1) 9
    Dakota-Bottineau (1-0) 22

Dakota-Bottineau kicked off their inaugural season in the MCAC on the right foot with a 22-9 victory over Minnesota West. Relying on a stout defense that held the Bluejays to just 149 yards of total offense, Dakota-Bottineau utilized their rushing attack to keep Minnesota West at arm’s-length. The Lumberjacks’ 193-yard rushing performance was led by running back J.R. Bass. The freshman ran for 65 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. With the Lumberjacks holding on to a 16-7 advantage, freshman defensive back Josh Best (bottom, #28) intercepted a pass and took it 48 yards for a touchdown – sealing the win for Dakota-Bottineau.

How the Top 20 Fared in Week 1

#5  Georgia Military (0-1) at  #8 Navarro (1-0) L – 30-50 
#8  Navarro (1-0) vs  #5 Georgia Military (0-1) W – 50-30 
#12  Arizona Western (1-0) vs  New Mexico Miltary (0-1) W – 45-10 
#15  Snow (1-0) at  Mesa (0-1) W – 59-21 
#18  Rochester (1-0) at  Vermilion (0-1) W – 43-12 

Complete Week 1 Results (Aug. 22-23)

 #8 Navarro (1-0) 50-30  #5 Georgia Military (0-1)
 Arkansas Baptist (1-0) 45-14  *Georgia Prep

 Fond du Lac (0-1) 19-22  Minnesota State (1-0)
 Dakota-Bottineau (1-0) 22-9  Minnesota West (0-1)
 Vermilion (0-1) 12-43  #18 Rochester (1-0)
 Itasca (0-1) 12-61  North Dakota SCS (1-0)

 #12 Arizona Western (1-0) 45-10  New Mexico Military (0-1)
 Mesa (0-1) 21-59  #15 Snow (1-0)
 Eastern Arizona (0-1) 0-28  Glendale (1-0)
 Phoenix (0-1) 36-19  Pima (1-0)

Photos courtesy of Keith Speer, Jared Dort Photography and Dakota-Bottineau Athletics.

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