This Week In The NJCAA

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Tuesday's release of the first poll including the Football Computer Rankings (FCR) marked an end to the preliminary stages of the 2012 NJCAA football season.

Over the course of the next several weeks, teams will begin to define themselves as contenders or pretenders. The elimination process accelerates this week as 16 of the nation's 17 undefeated teams will put their perfect records on the line.

NJCAA Game of the Week

#9 Scottsdale (3-0) at #5 Arizona Western (2-0)
Saturday, 7:00 p.m. (MT)

In the Western States Football League (WSFL), two of the top contenders will square-off in just their second conference matchup of 2012. The Arizona Western Matadors will look to continue last year's dominance of conference foes as they outscored their opponents 393-108. Coming off a 34-20 upset of No. 8 Eastern Arizona College, the Fighting Artichokes of Scottsdale will face their second Top 10 opponent in back-to-back weeks.

With only two games played thus far, Arizona Western is looking to make a statement against their first ranked opponent of 2012. In last week's 32-14 win against Pima CC (Ariz.), the Matadors were led by freshman quarterback Tanner McEvoy who completed 13-of-20 passes for 148 yards and three touchdowns. On the ground, Arizona Western will turn to sophomore running back DeShawn Martin who ran for 110 yards in the victory.

The freshmen duo of quarterback Jordan Gehrke and wide receiver Justin Rodriguez has been the backbone of the Artichokes' offense through their first three games of the season. In last week's upset of Eastern Arizona, Gehrke threw for five touchdown passes – all in the second half – including three to Rodriguez. The Artichokes have also put their resilience on display the last two weeks, coming back from halftime deficits of 20-0 and 6-0.


Other Games to Watch

#8 Navarro (3-0) at #10 Kilgore (3-0) –
Saturday, 7:00 p.m. (CT)

Perhaps no team at this point in the season has been more surprising than the Rangers of Kilgore. After winning only three games in 2011, Kilgore has already matched that mark with back-to-back upsets of ranked opponents on the road. The Navarro Bulldogs are again in the national championship conversation this season behind a powerful offense led by sophomore quarterback Stump Godfrey.

#15 Louisburg (3-0) at #17 Lackawanna (3-0) –
Saturday, 12:00 p.m. (ET)

There hasn't been a lot of competitive matchups early on in the Northeast Football Conference (NFC) but all that will change this week when the Louisburg Hurricanes meet up with the Falcons of Lackawanna. Averaging 344.7 rushing yards per game, Lackawanna will put their running game to the test against a stout Louisburg defense that is holding opponents to less than 100 yards on the ground per game.

#18 Minnesota West (4-0) at Ridgewater (4-0) –
Saturday, 6:00 p.m. (CT)

The only two unbeaten squads in the Minnesota College Athletic Conference (MCAC) will go head-to-head Saturday in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. After sneaking into the MCAC playoffs last season, the Ridgewater Warriors have jumped out to a hot start with victories over two playoff teams in Mesabi Range CTC (Minn.) and Northland CTC (Minn.). Minnesota West has also earned wins over Mesabi Range and Northland this season and at 4-0 has already surpassed their three-win total from 2011.


This Week in the Top 20
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*Non-NJCAA member school

1. Mississippi Gulf Coast (3-0) at Jones County (2-1) – Saturday, 7:00 p.m.
2. Iowa Western (4-0) has a bye.
3. Butler (4-0) at Highland (1-2) – Saturday, 1:00 p.m.
4. East Mississippi (3-0) vs. Mississippi Delta (0-3) – Thursday, 7:00 p.m.
5. Arizona Western (2-0) vs. #9 Scottsdale (3-0) – Saturday, 7:00 p.m.
6. Northwest Mississippi (2-0) at Northeast Mississippi (1-2) – Thursday, 7:00 p.m.
7. Nassau (3-0) at Erie (1-2) – Saturday, 12:00 p.m.
8. Navarro (3-0) at #10 Kilgore (3-0) – Saturday, 7:00 p.m.
9. Scottsdale (3-0) at #5 Arizona Western (2-0) – Saturday, 7:00 p.m.
10. Kilgore (3-0) vs. #8 Navarro (3-0) – Saturday, 7:00 p.m.
11. Hutchinson (3-1) has a bye.
12. Itawamba (3-0) vs. Holmes (1-2) – Thursday, 7:00 p.m.
13. Snow (3-1) has a bye.
14. NE Oklahoma A&M (3-0) vs. *Southeast Prep – Saturday, 7:00 p.m.
15. Louisburg (3-0) at #17 Lackawanna (3-0) – Saturday, 12:00 p.m.
16. Hinds (2-1) vs. Copiah-Lincoln (2-1) – Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
17. Lackawanna (3-0) vs. #15 Louisburg (3-0) – Saturday, 12:00 p.m.
18. Minnesota West (4-0) at Ridgewater (4-0) – Saturday, 6:00 p.m.
19. Eastern Arizona (2-1) at Mesa (1-2) – Saturday, 7:00 p.m.
20. ASA (3-0) vs. Monroe (1-2) – Saturday, 1:00 p.m.


Complete NJCAA Football Schedule (Sept. 20-23)
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*Non-NJCAA member school

Scores are also updated on the "Scoreboard" section of the JCFootball.com NJCAA board.

Thursday, Sept. 20
MACJC
(Mississippi Assoc. of Community & Junior Colleges)
Southwest Mississippi (0-2) at East Central (0-3) – 6:30 p.m.
Copiah-Lincoln (2-1) at #16 Hinds (2-1) – 6:30 p.m.
Holmes (1-2) at #12 Itawamba (3-0) – 7:00 p.m.
#6 Northwest Mississippi (2-0) at Northeast Mississippi (1-2) – 7:00 p.m.
Mississippi Delta (0-3) at #4 East Mississippi (3-0) – 7:00 p.m.
Coahoma (0-3) at Pearl River (1-2) – 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 22
Non-Conference
Garden City (2-1) at *Air Force Prep – 12:00 p.m.
Georgia Military (2-1) at Arkansas Baptist (0-4) – 1:00 p.m.
Globe (1-1) at *Williamson Free Trade – 1:30 p.m.
Alfred State (1-1) at *Thaddeus Stevens – 3:00 p.m.
*Southeast Prep at #14 NE Oklahoma A&M (3-0) – 7:00 p.m.

KJCCC
(Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference)
Dodge City (0-4) at Fort Scott (1-3) – 1:00 p.m.
#3 Butler (4-0) at Highland (1-2) – 1:00 p.m.
Independence (2-2) at Coffeyville (2-2) – 7:00 p.m.

MFC (Midwest Football Conference) North Dakota SCS (1-1) at College of DuPage (2-1) – 1:00 p.m.

MCAC
(Minnesota College Athletic Conference) Mesabi Range (1-3) at Rochester (3-1) – 1:30 p.m.
Itasca (0-4) at Vermilion (0-4) – 1:30 p.m.
Minnesota State (1-3) at Central Lakes (3-1) – 1:30 p.m.
Northland (2-2) at Fond du Lac (2-2) – 4:00 p.m.
#18 Minnesota West (4-0) at Ridgewater (4-0) – 6:00 p.m.

MACJC
(Mississippi Assoc. of Community & Junior Colleges) #1 Mississippi Gulf Coast (3-0) at Jones County (2-1) – 7:00 p.m.

NFC
(Northeast Football Conference) #15 Louisburg (3-0) at #17 Lackawanna (3-0) – 12:00 p.m.
#7 Nassau (3-0) at Erie (1-2) – 12:00 p.m.
Monroe (1-2) at #20 ASA (3-0) – 1:00 p.m.
Hudson Valley (0-3) at Dean (2-1) – 1:00 p.m.

SWJCFC
(Southwest Junior College Football Conference) Trinity Valley (2-2) at Cisco (0-3) – 5:00 p.m.
Tyler (2-1) at Blinn (1-2) – 7:00 p.m.
#8 Navarro (3-0) at #10 Kilgore (3-0) – 7:00 p.m.

WSFL
(Western States Football League) New Mexico Military (3-1) at Glendale (1-2) – 7:00 p.m.
#19 Eastern Arizona (2-1) at Mesa (1-2) – 7:00 p.m.
#9 Scottsdale (3-0) at #5 Arizona Western (2-0) – 7:00 p.m.
Phoenix (1-1) at Pima (1-3) – 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 23 Non-Conference
*Air Force JV at Iowa Central (2-1) – 12:00 p.m.

About the NJCAA
Since 1938 the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has been the governing body of two-year college athletics, offering athletic and academic opportunities to college students. Now entering its 75th anniversary, the NJCAA is the second largest national intercollegiate athletic organization in the United States with over 500 member schools in 43 states. Each year over 60,000 student-athletes compete in one of 28 different sports and the organization sponsors 48 national championship events and nine football bowl games. NJCAA Headquarters has been located in Colorado Springs, Colo., since 1985. For more information visit www.njcaa.org.


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