No Changes to Top 5 in NJCAA Football

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 2, 2010) – The latest NJCAA Football Top 20, released this week, looks very familiar to last week's rankings. The top five spots in the poll remain unchanged with Butler Community College (Kan.) at No. 1; Iowa Western Community College stays at No. 2; Navarro College (Texas) No. 3; NW Community College No. 4; and Grand Rapids Community College (Mich.) at No. 5.

Arizona Western College and Hutchinson Community College (Kan.) also hold their spots at No. 6 and No. 7 this week.

The Grizzlies of Butler have now owned the top ranking for five straight weeks. They received 139 poll points this week and six of seven first place votes. Butler was the unanimous selection for the No. 1 post the past four weeks by voters. Iowa Western received the other first place vote this week and tallied a 130 poll points.

Butler (9-0) rested up with a bye this past week before heading into the postseason. The Grizzlies will host Coffeyville (Kan.), who slipped down to fourth place in the Kansas Jayhawk CC Conference standings, in the semifinals of the KJCCC/Region 6 playoffs on Sunday, Nov. 7. Butler defeated the Red Ravens 38-26 two weeks ago and followed that with a 28-0 victory over Hutchinson on Oct. 23. The Red Ravens, who two weeks ago were ranked third in the nation, have lost two straight games, including a 41-0 loss to Hutchinson last Saturday. Butler is eyeing its seventh KJCCC/Region 6 Championship in the last nine seasons.

Iowa Western (9-0) clinched the program's first-ever Midwest Football Conference West Division regular season title last Saturday with a 34-19 win over then eighth-ranked Ellsworth (Iowa). The Reivers, who are competing in just their second season of varsity football, will host the Panthers again next week in the MFC West title game.

Navarro (8-1) clinched its third-consecutive Southwest JC Football Conference (SWJCFC) regular season crown with a narrow 27-25 win over Trinity Valley (Texas). The Bulldogs got a touchdown pass by quarterback Roddey Green to receiver Jahmai Coleman with less than a minute remaining in the game to slip past the Cardinals. Navarro will next host Kilgore (Texas) on Nov. 6 in the semifinals of the SWJCFC Playoffs.

Northwest Mississippi remained perfect (9-0) with a 31-14 victory over Itawamba (Miss.) last Thursday. The win capped an undefeated regular season for the Rangers for first time since 1999 and gives them the No. 1 seed in the North Division of the Mississippi Assn. of Community & Jr. Colleges (MACJC) heading into the postseason. NMCC has won 11 consecutive games dating back to last season and will host 12th-ranked Mississippi Gulf Coast, the No. 2 seed from the South Division, in the MACJC semifinals on Saturday, Nov. 6.

Grand Rapids (Mich.) stays at No. 5 in the poll after their 24-10 victory over Joliet (Ill.) in the semifinals of the MFC East Division playoffs. The Raiders (8-1) will next host College of DuPage (Ill.) in the title game this Saturday. GRCC defeated DuPage 65-7 in the first game of the season on Aug. 28th.

The 10th regular season NJCAA Football Poll will be released on Nov. 9.

All but two conferences (Northeast Football Conf. & Western States Football League) either begin or are in the midst of their postseason playoffs. Below is this weekend's playoff schedule for each league.


Kansas Jayhawk CC Conf. / Region 6 Playoffs
Nov. 7 - Semifinals
#4 Coffeyville CC, Kan. (6-3) at #1 (1) Bulter CC, Kan. (9-0)
#3 Independence CC, Kan. (4-5) at #2 (7) Hutchinson CC, Kan. (8-1)
Nov. 14 - Championship

Midwest Football Conf. - East Playoffs
Oct. 30 - Semifinals
#1 (5) Grand Rapids CC, Mich. (9-1) def. #4 Joliet JC, Ill. (2-8), 24-10
#2 College of DuPage, Ill. (6-4) def. #3 Harper College, Ill. (2-7), 28-7

Nov. 6 - Championship
#2 College of DuPage, Ill. (6-4) at #1 (5) Grand Rapids CC, Mich. (9-1)


Midwest Football Conf. - West Playoffs
Nov. 6 - Championship
#2 (14) Ellsworth CC, Iowa (7-2) at #1 (2) Iowa Western CC (9-0)

Minnesota College Athletic Conf. Playoffs
Oct. 30 - Semifinals
#1 South – (10) Central Lakes College, Minn. (10-0) def. #2 North - Northland CTC, Minn. (6-4), 19-13
Oct. 31 - Semifinals
#2 South – (16) Rochester CTC, Minn. (9-1) def. #1 North - Mesabi Range CTC, Minn. (7-3), 26-6
Nov. 7 - Championship
#2 South – (13) Rochester CTC, Minn. (9-1) at #1 South – (9) Central Lakes College, Minn. (10-0)

Mississippi Assn. of Community & Jr. Colleges Playoffs
Nov. 6 - Semifinals
#2 South – (12) Mississippi Gulf Coast CC (7-2) at #1 North – (4) Northwest Mississippi CC (9-0)
#2 North - East Mississippi CC (5-4) at #1 South – (10) Copiah-Lincoln CC, Miss. (8-1)
Nov. 13 - Championship

Southwest JC Football Conf. Playoffs
Nov. 6 - Semifinals
#4 Kilgore College, Texas (4-5) at #1 (3) Navarro College, Texas (8-1)
#3 Trinity Valley CC, Texas (5-4) at #2 (11) Blinn College, Texas (7-2)
Nov. 13 - Championship

Note: The Northeast Football Conference and the Western States Football League do not hold postseason playoffs.


POLL NOTES: Navarro and Butler have now appeared in the Top 10 together in 22 consecutive polls….Last week our poll report was incorrect as Nassau (N.Y.) owns the longest active winning streak in NJCAA Football. The Lions have won 14 consecutive games dating back to the 2009 season.

NJCAA Football Poll – Nov. 2, 2010

1. Butler CC, Kan.; 9-0; 139; 1 (6)
2. Iowa Western CC; 9-0; 130; 2 (1)
3. Navarro College, Texas; 8-1; 126; 3
4. Northwest Mississippi CC; 9-0; 122; 4
5. Grand Rapids CC, Mich.; 9-1; 110; 5
6. Arizona Western College; 7-1; 106; 6
7. Hutchinson CC, Kan.; 8-1; 99; 7
8. Nassau CC, N.Y.; 9-0; 91; 9
9. Central Lakes College, Minn.; 10-0; 77; 10
10. Copiah-Lincoln CC, Miss.; 8-1; 76; 12
11. Blinn College, Texas; 7-2; 70; 13
12. Mississippi Gulf Coast CC; 7-2; 57; 15
13. Rochester CTC, Minn.; 9-1; 49; 16
14. Ellsworth CC, Iowa; 7-2; 48; 8
15. Snow College, Utah; 7-2; 42; 17
16. Georgia Military College; 5-2; 38; 18
17. Glendale CC, Ariz.; 6-2; 32; 11
18. Lackawanna College, Pa.; 6-2; 23; 19
19. ASA, N.Y.; 6-2; 14; 20
20. Iowa Central CC; 6-3; 11; RV


Others Receiving Votes
Pearl River CC, Miss.; 6-3; 5; RV…Coffeyville CC, Kan.; 6-3; 3; 14…Eastern Arizona College; 6-3; 2; NR


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