#5 Grand Rapids (1-0, 1-0) vs. #16 Harper (1-0, 1-0)
@1:00pm, Palatine, IL
Our first game of the afternoon will feature the Hawks of Harper College hosting the Raiders of Grand Rapids. Both teams are nationally ranked and will be looking to remain unbeaten.
Grand Rapids easily handled Rock Valley last week, defeating them 41-3. Grand Rapids pounded out 201 rushing yards on 41 carries. Dwight Thompson led the ground game with 66 yards on 11 carries. Ian Iller had 50 yards on 7 carries. The Raiders will be looking to Shawn Sullivan and their stingy defense this week. Sullivan had 14 tackles a week ago.
Harper was also victorious last weekend by defeating the College of Dupage 21-7. The Hawks had a balanced attack in last weeks' game. They had 98 rushing yards on 20 attempts and had 129 yards through the air. Harper will also need a balanced attack this week if they want to knock off the #5 team in the country.
NIACC (0-0, 0-0) vs. #12 ICCC (0-0, 0-0)
@1:00pm, Ft. Dodge, IA
The next game of the day will be the first test of the season for both teams with Iowa Central CC hosting North Iowa Community College.
The Tritons are coming off a great year that ended with a 17-6 win over Rochester CC in the Graphic Edge Bowl. Coach Twait returns 12 starters from last season. On the offensive side of the ball they will be led by Steve Harper and Donte Shackleford. Harper averaged 6.3 yards a carry last year and had 805 rushing yards. Shackleford had 623 yards receiving and got in the end zone 8 times. On defense, Iowa Central will be led by Jimmy Fennesy. He recorded 18.5 sacks last season.
NIACC is looking to rebound from a disappointing season that saw them go 2-6. Coach Scott Strohmeier will be entering his 2nd season. The Trojans return 8 starters from last year's squad. Transferring in this year to the Trojans are RB Kalvin Bailey from Iowa, SS Corey Robertson from Iowa, QB Anthony Norice from Baylor, and TE Trent Flander from Iowa St.
#20 Joliet JC (0-0, 0-0) vs. Rock Valley (0-1, 0-1)
@1:00pm, Rockford, IL
Our third game will feature the Wolves of Joliet Junior College taking on the Rock Valley Golden Eagles.
Coach Tom Minnick will be entering his 1st year as coach of Joliet. He will be inheriting 14 starters from last year's squad that went 6-6. Offensively, eight players return and they will be led by wide receivers Anthony Clark and Brian Miles, and offensive lineman Joe McMahon, who was a 2nd Team All-Region selection last year. On defense, they will be led by newcomer Chris Patterson, who was a 1st Team All-American at linebacker. He transferred from JC-NEO. Also transferring in from Missouri State is defensive end Eric Small.
Rock Valley comes off a tough 41-3 loss to Grand Rapids CC. Rock Valley only managed 82 rushing yards on 28 attempts. Jarrett Beavers led the ground game with 50 yards on 12 carries. The Golden Eagles did throw the ball through the air completing 19 of 36 attempts for 125 yards. Defensively, the Golden Eagles were highlighted by Lonnie Baker (12 tackles) and Mike Liggins (10 tackles).
College of Dupage (0-1, 0-1) vs. Ellsworth CC (0-0, 0-0)
@1:00pm, Iowa Falls, IA
The fourth game of the day will feature the Dupage Chaparrals against the Ellsworth Panthers.
Ellsworth is coming off a disappointing season a year ago that saw them go 3-6. The Panthers will be returning 9 starters from last year's team. Ellsworth's top returning offensive players are WR Dexter Baldwin, Center Alonzo Tatmon, and FB Tyler Bacha. On the defensive side of the ball, the Panthers will look to LB Corey Reed and FS C.J. Jones. In the off-season, the Panthers recruited QB Ian Gilworth, a transfer from Winona St.
The Dupage Chaparrals opened up the season last week with a 21-7 loss to Harper College. The Chaparrals running attack was led by Mark Williams who had 85 yards on 13 carries. QB Thomas Specia completed 10 passes for a total of 115 yards and WR Vincent Bland caught 3 passes for 67 yards. The defense was led by DB Carlos Bates who had 2 INT'S, 2 sacks, and 5 tackles.
North Dakota SCS (0-0, 0-0) vs. Minnesota West CC (0-1)
@1:00pm, Worthington, MN
Our final game will be the North Dakota Wildcats taking on the Minnesota West Bluejays.
North Dakota SCS finished last season with a 5-6 record which they hope to improve upon this year. The Wildcats are returning 9 offensive players from last year's team. The top returning offensive player for Coach Mike Beagle will be RB Jerome Messam, who was an NJCAA All-American last season. Defensively, North Dakota SCS returns 6 starters from last year's squad and will be led by LB's Shane Roach, Chase Mudd, Alec Gullickson, and Will Kassucker.
Minnesota West is coming of a 29-10 loss to Vermillion CC last week. The Blue Jays were 10-1 last year and won the title of MCCC Southern Division Champs for two consecutive seasons.