Jeff Sims' Mesabi Range Norsemen Go Undefeated

The Mesabi Range Norsemen moved to 9-0 on the season and 5-0 in the northern division of the Minnesota Community College Conference, winning their first northern division title and clinching home field advantage in the state semi-finals for the first time since 1988.

Mesabi Range has outscored their opponents 372 (41.3 points per game) to 53 (5.8 points per game) this season. They are led by the NJCAA's #1 ranked defense in rushing (8.1 yards per game), passing (58.3 yards per game), and total defense (66.4 yards per game). The total defense figure, 66.4 yards per game, breaks 2001 National Champion Georgia Military College's national record of 67.6 yards per game.

On offense the Norsemen have the Minnesota Community College Conference's leading receiver for the second straight season, Bryan Dalton, who has scored 18 TD's in his last 16 games.

Mesabi Range will host Minnesota West CC Saturday, Nov. 8 in the state semi-finals. Minnesota West comes into Ewens Stadium 6-3 with 1,000 yard rusher Martell Smith. In week two these teams matched-up for a Mesabi Range shutout of Minnesot West, 25-0.

Notes:

Week 1 - Mesabi beat then #22 NJCAA ranked Ridgewater CC 45-5.
Week 3 - Mesabi beat nationally ranked Minnesota West CC 25-0, held All-American candidate Martell Smith to 27 yds on 24 carries.
Week 4 - Mesabi beat nationally ranked Rochester CTC, winner of 63 of their last 64 games, 13-11 in the rain, holding 1,200 yd rusher and MCCC leader Chad Strike to 44 yds.

 


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