Butler vs. Navarro

PITTSBURG, Kan. -- The 11-0 and No.1-ranked Grizzlies from Butler Community College (Kan.) will square off against No. 2 and once-beaten Navarro College (Texas) Bulldogs in the 2010 Citizen's Bank Bowl Sunday at Carnie Smith Stadium on Sunday, December 5.

The game has been sanctioned as the NJCAA Football Championship and is set for a 1 p.m. kickoff. 

Ticket and other information can be found at www.citizensbankbowl.com. The game can be seen live on Sunday at www.njcaa.org/tv or www.psblive.com. Live audio of the contest can be heard at www.991espn.com.

In only its second year of existence, the Citizen's Bank Bowl will again be the main focus when it comes to deciding the NJCAA National Champion. In 2009, the inaugural Citizen's Bank Bowl pitted then-No. 1 Fort Scott Community College ( Kan.) against No. 2 Blinn College (Kan.), Blinn came away with a 31-26 come from behind victory on a last-second punt return for the go-ahead touchdown.

In the 2009 championship game, Blinn was led by quarterback Cameron Newton, who is now the quarterback for Auburn, which is the No. 1 team in this week's BCS standings. Newton is considered the Heisman Trophy frontrunner this year, but he is not the only stand-out in last year's game who is making an impact at the next level.

Fort Scott linebacker LaVonte David, who was named Defensive Player of the Game in last year's Citizens Bank Bowl, is the leading tackler at Nebraska, this year's Big 12 Conference North Division champion. He was recently named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year.

Using the Citizen's Bank Bowl as their springboard, more than 50 players from both Fort Scott and Blinn went on to pursue their athletic and academic careers at four-year institutions. Eight of those players are making impacts for Division I top-25 schools.

Butler and Navarro are not strangers to each other. The Grizzlies (11-0) gave the Bulldogs (10-1) their lone loss of the 2010 season, beating Navarro in week one in Wichita, 16-10.

Navarro won 10 straight since then, climbing back to the second spot in the NJCAA Football Top 20 three weeks ago. Butler has held the top spot in the rankings for the last seven weeks.

Butler will be playing for its third national championship in four seasons, capturing titles in 2007 and 2008. Navarro will be playing for its first national title since its 1989 championship season.

Butler has put up 444 points as a team while only allowing 105. Navarro has put 391 points on the board while giving up 153.

Butler is ranked ninth in the country in rush defense while Navarro is ranked tenth. Both teams are giving up just around 81 yards to their opponents on the ground per game.

Quarterback Zach Mettenberger (6' 5", 245, Soph.) leads a Grizzly passing attack that is eleventh in the country with 230 yards per game. Mettenberger, the Jayhawk Conference Offensive Player of the Year, completed 59 percent of his passes for 2,512 yards and 31 touchdowns. Mettenberger is being recruited by several BCS schools.

Mettenberger's main weapon is wide-out Marcus Kennard. Kennard (6' 4", 185, Soph.) is the second-highest rated junior college wide receiver and has already committed to Kansas State.

Defensively, the Grizzlies are led by defensive end Cornellius Carradine (6' 5", 245), who is a force to be reckoned with on the defensive side of the ball. Carradine, recruited heavily by several Southeastern Conference and Big 12 schools, has tallied 109 tackles and 16 sacks during the 2010 campaign.

Butler ranks eighth in the country defensively giving up 207 yards to their opponents.

Navarro leans on an offensive line that has already had four members commit with Division I programs to lead the way for an offensive attack that averages 360 yards per game. The Bulldogs have averaged 187 yards on the ground and 173 through the air.

Bulldog quarterback Roddy Green is a dual threat having passed for 1,405 yards and 14 touchdowns while also scoring seven rushing touchdowns. DePaul Garrett is Navarro's leading rusher with 819 yards and nine TD's.

Defensively, Blake Cavil leads the Bulldog offense with 70 tackles while Toby Jackson has a team-best 7.5 sacks. The Bulldog secondary is highlighted by DJ Hayden who has four of the team's 20 interceptions on the season.

Check out the pregame notes further below for more on Butler and Navarro.

FIVE OTHER NJCAA BOWL GAMES TAKE PLACE DEC. 4TH-5TH

The 2010 NJCAA footballs season comes to a close with five other bowl games taking place this weekend across the country.

Four bowl games will take place on Saturday, Dec. 4th. In Sandy, Utah No. 6 Iowa Western Community College (9-1) will take on No. 13 Snow College, Utah (9-2) in the seventh edition of the ZIONS Bank Top of the Mountains Bowl. For the third straight season the game will be held at Rio Tinto Stadium, which is home to the Real Salt Lake Soccer Club of Major League Soccer (MLS). The Reivers of Iowa Western had an unbelievable showing in just their second season of NJCAA football. IWCC captured the Midwest Football Conference - West Division regular season championship and was ranked in the top five of the NJCAA poll for eight weeks. The Snow Badgers will be playing in their eighth consecutive bowl game and their seventh in the Top of the Mountains Bowl. Snow claimed a share of the Western States Football League crown with a 7-1 mark in the league, marking the fifth straight season the Badgers have won or shared the league title. The game can be heard live at www.snowbadgers.com.

In the second edition of the Central Bank Salt City Bowl No. 10 Hutchinson Community College, Kan. (9-2) will host No. 17Eastern Arizona College (8-3) at Gowans Stadium in Hutchinson. The Blue Dragons were runner-up in both the Kansas Jayhawk CC Conference regular season and the Region 6 playoffs. Both of their losses came against top-ranked Butler. Hutchinson will be making its fourth bowl appearance since 2003. The Gila Monsters finished third in the Western States Football League behind No. 4 Arizona Western and No. 13 Snow. EAC has won eight or more games the past four seasons and will be appearing in their first bowl game since representing the United States in 2007 at the Chihuahua Bowl in Chihuahua, Mexico. For additional information and live webcast of the Salt City Bowl visit www.saltcitybowl.com.

Copperas Cove, Texas will host No. 4 Arizona Western College (10-1) and defending national champion No. 16 Blinn College, Texas (7-3) in the 10th edition of the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl. AWC won the Western States Football League for the second straight year and has been ranked in the top 10 nearly the entire season. The Matadors have one of the best offensive players in the NJCAA in running back Reggie Bullock. He leads all rushers with 1,707 yards and 19 touchdowns. Blinn looks to end 2010 on a high note after coming up short in defense of their 2009 national championship. The Bucs finished second in the regular season standings of the Southwest JC Football Conference. 

The oldest continuous NJCAA football bowl game, The Valley of the Sun Bowl, will feature the Gauchos of Glendale Community College, Ariz. (6-4) for the second consecutive year. The No. 19 Gauchos will take on No. 15 Central Lakes College, Minn. (10-1) at Matt O. Hanhila Stadium in Glendale in the 30th edition of the event. The Raiders of Central Lakes won the Minnesota College Athletic Conference South Division title but then fell to rival Rochester (Minn.) in the league's championship game. Glendale got off to a 5-0 start and was ranked as high as No. 6 during the season. They clinched a berth in the Valley of the Sun Bowl with a fourth place finish in the Western States Football League, which was the highest finish among conference members from Maricopa County (Phoenix).

Along with the Citizen's Bank Bowl, the Mississippi Bowl will take place Sunday, Dec. 5th at Indian Stadium in Biloxi, Miss. The third annual event will feature No. 3 Grand Rapids Community College, Mich. (10-1) and No. 7 Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (9-2). Over the past two seasons the Raiders of GRCC have twice won Midwest Football Conference - East Division championship and finished at No. 3 in the final NJCAA regular season rankings. Mississippi Gulf Coast clinched their third Mississippi Assn. of Community & Jr. Colleges Championship in the last four seasons with a decisive 31-17 win over Copiah-Lincoln (Miss.). The Bulldogs will be making their fifth straight bowl appearance and their second in the Mississippi Bowl (2008). Visit www.mississippibowl.com for more information. Fans can watch game online at www.psblive.com.

Results will be posted on the NJCAA Football Scoreboard when they become available. Scores are also updated on the scoreboard section of the JC Football.com Scoreboard Forum and www.jucoweekly.com. You will also be able to track down scores throughout the weekend the NJCAA's Facebook page.

NJCAA FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP PREGAME NOTES…

BUTLER COMMUNITY COLLEGE; Eldorado, Kan.
Mascot: Grizzlies
Record: 11-0
National Ranking: 1st
2010 Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Champions
2010 Region 6 Playoff Champions
Won NJCAA Football Championships recently in 2007 and 2008.

2010 All-KJCCC/Region 6 honorees
Zach Mettenberger, Quarterback; KJCCC Offensive Player of the Year
Cornellius Carradine, Linebacker; KJCCC Defensive Player of the Year
First Team: Conner Combes, TE; Marcus Kennard, WR; Ryan Schraeder, T; Spencer Hilley, T; Lamar Mady G; Ben Fulghum, C; Dennell Wesley, DT; Victor Daniels, CB; Angelo Hadley, S
Second Team: Brett Soft, WR; Cody Mills, FB; Teyon Reese, S

Troy Morrell, Butler Head Coach

Morrell is currently 115-14 in 11 seasons at Butler, which ranks him third in wins among active NJCAA football coaches. He has led Butler to three national championships (2003, 2007, 2008). Here is some more info on Morrell http://grizzlies.butlercc.edu/football/morrell.cfm

Most Wins Among Active Football Coaches in the NJCAA
1. Gene Murphy, Hinds CC, Miss.                          18 years               141-51-5
2. Mark Duda, Lackawanna College, Pa.   17 years               121-60
3. Troy Morrell, Butler CC, Kan.                       11 years               115-14
4. Kevin Twait, Iowa Central CC                  15 years               114-44
5. Bert Williams, Georgia Military                         11 years               88-28

Postseason History
National Champions: 1981, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2008
2008: Zion Top of The Mountain Bowl
2007: Zion Top of The Mountain Bowl
2006: Dalton Defenders Bowl
2005: Zion Top of The Mountain Bowl
2004: Dalton Defenders Bowl
2003: Dixie Rotary Bowl
2002: Dixie Rotary Bowl
2001: Sea Island Co. Golden Isles Bowl
2000: Canon Empire State Bowl
1999: Dixie Rotary Bowl
1998: Real Dairy Bowl
1996: Valley of the Sun Bowl
1993: Mineral Water Bowl
1990: East Bowl
1989: Royal Crown Cola Bowl
1987: Texas Jr. College Bowl
1986: Dixie Rotary Bowl
1985: Valley of the Sun Bowl
1984: Garland Shrine Bowl
1983: Roaring Ranger Bowl
1981: Rodeo Bowl
1951: Coffey Bowl

Former Butler Players in the NFL since 1980
* currently active in NFL

PLAYER

BCC YEARS

UNIVERSITY

PROFESSIONAL TEAM

*Ryan Torain

2005

Arizona State

Broncos, Redskins

Toddrick Verdell

2005

Florida State

Houston Texans

*Elbert Mack

2004-2005

Troy

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jonathan Willhite

2004

Auburn

New England Patriots

*Jeremy Mincey

2003

Florida

Patriots, Jaguars

David Irons

2002-2003

Auburn

Atlanta Falcons

Marcus Lawrence

2000-2001

South Carolina

New York Giants

*Shaun Smith

1999-2000

South Carolina

Bengals, Browns, Chiefs

Rudi Johnson

1998-1999

Auburn

Cincinnati Bengals

Willie Blade

1998

Mississippi State

Dallas Cowboys

Carl Nesmith

1997-1998

Kansas

Buffalo Bills

Jermaine Francis

1997-1998

Middle Tennessee

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Teddy Salters

1996-1997

South Carolina

Miami Dolphins

William Bartee

1996-1998

Oklahoma

Kansas City Chiefs

Mao Tosi

1995-1997

Idaho

Atlanta Falcons

Ricky Hall

1995-1996

Virginia Tech

San Francisco 49'ers

Mark Word

1994-1995

Troy State

Kansas City Chiefs

Myron Newsome

1993-1995

Virginia Tech

Carolina Panthers

Darnell Gilliard

1993-1994

Troy State

New York Giants

Jermaine Williams

1992-1993

Houston

Oakland Raiders

Jimmy Dean

1992-1994

Kansas State

Baltimore Ravens

Alan Jackson

1992-1993

Temple

New England Patriots

Patrick Burke

1990-1991

Fresno State

Phoenix Cardinals

Kwamie Lassiter

1989-1991

Kansas

Phoenix Cardinals

Dave Thomas

1989-1990

Tennessee

Dallas Cowboys

Matt Veatch

1987-1988

San Jose St.

Los Angeles Raiders

Bruce Perkins

1986-1988

Arizona State

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Skip McClendon

1984

Arizona State

Cincinnati Bengals

Robert Goff

1983-1984

Auburn

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

John Holloway

1983-1984

Kansas

Phoenix Cardinals

Jerry Quick

1982-1983

Wichita State

Pittsburgh Steelers

Don Herron

1982-1984

North Carolina State

Los Angeles Raiders

Jamie Holland

1982-1984

Ohio State

San Diego Chargers

Ron Fellows

1977-1979

Missouri

Los Angeles Raiders

Ryan Torain, Running Back, Washington Redskins
Torain has started four games for the Redskins and has 391 yards and four touchdowns this year.

Shaun Smith, Defensive End, Kansas City Chiefs
Smith has started five games for the Chiefs and has tallied 38 tackles and a sack this season.

Jeremy Mincey, Defensive End, Jacksonville Jaguars
Mincey has started three games and played in 10 for Jacksonville this year. He has 12 tackles on the season.

Elbert Mack, Defensive Back, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mack has played in seven games with the Bucs in 2010 and 10 tackles this year.

NAVARRO COLLEGE; Corsicana, Texas
Mascot: Bulldogs
Record: 10-1
National Ranking: 2nd
2010 Southwest JC Football Conference Champions

2010 All-Southwest JC Football Conference honorees
First Team: Nick Johnson, OL; Toby Jackson, DL
Second Team: Roddy Green, QB; Chase Harper, TE; Cameron Henderson, DL; Blake Cavil, LB; D.J. Hayden, CB; Juve Sanchez, K

Nick Bobeck, Navarro Head Coach

In just three seasons, Bobeck has led Navarro to a 31-3 record and three consecutive Southwest JC Football Conference regular season championships.  In his first season, he was named the 2008 NJCAA Football Coach of the Year after leading the Bulldogs to a 10-1 season mark.  In 2009, the Bulldogs finished the season 11-1 and were champions of the Heart of Texas Bowl.  In his first two years, Bobeck has coached five All-Americans and 16 All Conference performers. Here is more on Bobeck: http://www.navarrocollege.edu/athletics.php?sport=Football& id=55

Postseason History
National Champions: 1989

1999: Red River Bowl

2001: Heart of Texas Bowl

2007: Pilgrim's Pride Bowl Champions

2009: Heart of Texas Bowl Champions

Former Navarro Players in the NFL since 1980
* currently active in NFL

PLAYER

NC YEAR

UNIVERSITY

PROFESSIONAL TEAM

*J'Marcus Webb

2006-2007

West Texas A&M

Chicago Bears

Mike Montgomery

2002-2003

Texas A&M

Green Bay Packers

Kendrick Starling

1999-2000

San Jose St

Houston Texans

DeMarcus Faggins

1998-1999

Kansas State

Houston Texans

Stockar McDougald

1996-1997

Oklahoma

Detroit Lions, Philly Eagles

Willie Brown

1995-1996

Univ. of Houston

Washington Redskins

Ramos McDonald

1994-1995

New Mexico

Vikings, 49ers, Giants

*Pat Williams

1993-1994

Texas A&M

Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings

Odell Parks

1991-1992

 

Dallas Cowboys, Milwaukee AFL

Ernest Hunter

1991-1992

SE Oklahoma St.

Cleveland Browns

Marcus Gates

Keith Burns

1991-1992

1990-1991

E.Texas St. Univ

Oklahoma St

CFL

Denver Broncos

Aaron Glenn

1990-1991

Texas A&M

Jets, Texans, Cowboys, Jags

Mark Wheeler

1989-1990

Texas A&M

Patriots, Buccs, Eagles

Keo' Colman

1989-1990

Mississippi State

Jets, Packers, TB Storm-Arena

Hunky' Cooper

1988-1989

UNLV

Ariz Rattlers-Arena

Billy Brooks

1982-1983

Oklahoma

Cincinnati Bengals

Eddie Brown

1981-1982

Univ. of Miami

Cincinnati Bengals

Fred Robinson

1979-1980

Univ. of Miami

TB Buccs, Miami Dolphins


J'Marcus Webb, Offensive Lineman, Chicago Bears
Webb has started 7 games this season for the Bears.

Pat Williams, Defensive Tackle, Minnesota Vikings
Has started all 11 games for the Vikings and has 22 tackles and a forced fumble.


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