NJCAA - Top 20 Rankings & Week 2 Recap

With a number of teams kicking off their season and others playing their second game of 2014, Week 2 of the NJCAA Football season provided few surprises. The top 10 ranked teams in action all notched wins, while only one Top 20 team fell to an unranked opponent...

Top 20 Rankings – Week 3

1. East Mississippi 1-0
2. Iowa Western 1-0
3. Copiah-Lincoln 1-0
4. Trinity Valley 1-0
5. Butler 1-0
6. Navarro 2-0
7. Mississippi Gulf Coast 1-0
8. ASA 0-0
9. Jones County 1-0
10. Arizona Western 2-0
11. Hutchinson 1-0
12. Snow 1-0 5
13. Nassau 1-0
14. Georgia Military 0-1
15. Rochester 2-0
16. Tyler 0-1
17. Ellsworth 1-0
18. Central Lakes 1-0
19. Glendale 2-0
20. DuPage 1-0


Highlights from Week 2’s Top Matchups

#13 Tyler (0-1) 45
#4 Trinity Valley (1-0) 59


In front of a packed Brice Field, Trinity Valley successfully defended their home turf and No. 4 ranking with a 59-45 win over No. 13 Tyler. Accumulating 253 of their 610 yards of offense on the ground, the Cardinals saw their strategy of running back-by-committee pay off with four different ball carriers finding the end zone. Sophomore running backs Jeff Harris and Luis Lopez each punched in two rushing touchdowns, while fellow sophomore back Marquel McNac and freshman quarterback Kyle Postma each scored one. Postma (above, #8) also went 22-of-36 passing for 357 yards and two touchdowns. Despite the loss, the Apaches saw a terrific performance by sophomore running back Chaston Bennett who ran for 228 yards and four touchdowns on 30 carries.

#19 Itawamba (0-1) 13
#3 Copiah-Lincoln (1-0) 37


No. 19 Itawamba presented No. 3 Copiah-Lincoln with a formidable challenge in their season opener but the Wolves rose to the occasion with a 37-13 victory. Copiah-Lincoln quarterback Daniel Fitzwater got his sophomore campaign off to a good start, completing 26-of-36 passes for 400 yards and three touchdowns. Fitzwater found a talented playmaker in freshman wide receiver Donald Gray (above, #2) who accounted for all three touchdowns as part of his seven receptions for 183 yards on the night. Wolves sophomore running back De’Lance Turner totaled 118 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries. Defensively, Copiah-Lincoln held Itawamba to just 284 yards of offense. The Wolves forced two turnovers and racked up eight sacks in the win.

#12 Arizona Western (2-0) 49
#16 Scottsdale (0-1) 20


Hitting the road to face defending WSFL champion Scottsdale, No. 12 Arizona Western made another statement in their second game of 2014 with a 49-20 win over the No. 16 Artichokes. Sophomore quarterback Cid Camanse-Stevens led the Matadors with 309 yards and four touchdowns on 11-of-19 passing. Arizona Western freshman running back Darrell Monroe had another exceptional performance, rushing for 168 yards and three touchdowns. After giving up 45 points to Scottsdale last season, the Matadors defense proved that it’s a new year with a strong effort Saturday. Arizona Western held Scottsdale to 20 points and forced three turnovers including two interceptions by sophomore cornerback Cortez Davis.


This Week in the Top 20

#1 East Mississippi (1-0) at Southwest Mississippi (0-1) W – 52-13
#2 Iowa Western (1-0) vs Coffeyville (0-1) W – 57-35
#3 Copiah-Lincoln (1-0) vs #19 Itawamba (0-1) W – 37-13
#4 Trinity Valley (1-0) vs #13 Tyler (0-1) W – 59-45
#5 Georgia Military (0-1) had a bye week
#6 Butler (1-0) vs Independence (0-1) W – 57-16
#7 ASA (0-0) had a bye week
#8 Navarro (2-0) vs Cisco (0-1) W – 48-21
#9 Mississippi Gulf Coast (1-0) vs Northeast Mississippi (0-1) W – 41-8
#10 Jones County (1-0) at Northwest Mississippi (0-1) W – 28-20
#11 Hutchinson (1-0) vs *Bethany JV W – 45-7
#12 Arizona Western (2-0) at #16 Scottsdale (0-1) W – 49-20
#13 Tyler (0-1) at #4 Trinity Valley (1-0) L – 45-59
#14 Nassau (1-0) at *Widener JV W – 48-7
#15 Snow (1-0) had a bye week
#16 Scottsdale (0-1) vs #12 Arizona Western (2-0) L – 20-49
#17 Dodge City (0-1) vs Ellsworth (1-0) L – 34-39
#18 Rochester (2-0) vs Mesabi Range (0-1) W – 48-0
#19 Itawamba (0-1) at #3 Copiah-Lincoln (1-0) L – 13-37
#20 Central Lakes (1-0) at Minnesota State (1-1) W – 45-20


Complete NJCAA Football Week 2 Results (Aug. 28-31)

NON-CONFERENCE RESULTS
*Mayville State JV 0-66 North Dakota SCS (2-0)
*Bethany JV 7-45 #11 Hutchinson (1-0)
#14 Nassau (1-0) 48-7 *Widener JV
*Jirah Prep 18-21 Louisburg (1-0)
Iowa Central (0-1) 17-24 Fort Scott (1-0)
Ellsworth (1-0) 39-34 #17 Dodge City (0-1
Kilgore (1-0) 45-7 Arkansas Baptist (1-1)
Coffeyville (0-1) 35-57 #2 Iowa Western (1-0)
NE Oklahoma A&M (0-1) 9-30 Dupage (1-0)
Erie (0-1) 17-24 Globe (1-0)
Monroe (1-0) 30-6 *Valley Forge Military
*Framingham State JV 0-35 Dean (1-0)
Blinn (1-0) 77-6 *Southeast Prep


KJCCC RESULTS
Independence (0-1) 16-57 #6 Butler (1-0)
Highland (0-1) 26-29 Garden City (1-0)

MCAC RESULTS
Minnesota West (0-2) 13-16 Fond du Lac (1-1)
Mesabi Range (0-1) 0-48 #18 Rochester (2-0)
#20 Central Lakes (1-0) 45-20 Minnesota State (1-1)
Itasca (0-2) 7-27 Ridgewater (1-0)

MACJC RESULTS
#10 Jones County (1-0) 28-20 Northwest Mississippi (0-1)
Hinds (0-1) 21-28 Holmes (1-0)
#19 Itawamba (0-1) 13-37 #3 Copiah-Lincoln (1-0)
Northeast Mississippi (0-1) 8-41 #9 Miss Gulf Coast (1-0)
#1 East Mississippi (1-0) 52-13 Southwest Mississippi (0-1)
East Central (0-1) 12-21 Mississippi Delta (1-0)
Coahoma (0-1) 6-36 Pearl River (1-0)


SWJCFC RESULTS
Cisco (0-1) 21-48 #8 Navarro (2-0)
#13 Tyler (0-1) 45-59 #4 Trinity Valley (1-0)

WSFL RESULTS
Phoenix (0-2) 7-34 New Mexico Military (1-1)
Mesa (0-2) 27-48 Glendale (2-0)
#12 Arizona Western (2-0) 49-20 #16 Scottsdale (0-1)
Eastern Arizona (1-1) 7-7 Pima (1-1)


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