New NJCAA #1: Blinn College

COLORADO SPRINGS (Sept. 18, 2007) – With a 24-17 loss to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College on Sept. 13, Pearl River Community College (Miss.) relinquished the No. 1 post in the NJCAA / JC Poll to defending national champion Blinn College (Texas). The poll was released Tuesday with great anticipation over the weekend after the Pearl River loss.

Defending Champs Blinn College Rise to No. 1 in NJCAA / JC Poll

The Buccaneers received 101 total votes in the poll and three of seven first place votes to slip past Snow College (Utah), who received 100 total votes and four first place votes. Blinn was ranked third in last week’s poll.

Butler Community College (Kan.) moved up one spot to No. 3 with 89 total votes and Mississippi Gulf Coast climbed up to a well-deserved No. 4 with 86 total votes after their upset of Pearl River.

Blinn College came off a bye week to score 58 points in a shut out victory over Arkansas Baptist College on Sept. 15. Blinn piled up 713 yards of total offense against the first-year program, including 388 rushing yards and 325 yards through the air in its final game prior to the start of Southwest Junior College Football Conference (SWJCFC) play. Blinn quarterback Terrance Cain completed passes to 14 different players, including touchdown strikes to Rod Harris, Kevin Ferguson, Justin Rideau and Prizell Brown.

On the ground Reginald Brown ran for 126 yards on six carries, including an 80-yard touchdown score. Zach Booker rushed for 101 yards and a score, while Joshua Lewis gained 93 yards on the ground and a touchdown.

The Buccaneers limited Arkansas Baptist to just 205 offensive yards, and just seven pass completions.

The win was Blinn’s 15th-straight dating back to last season. They will host Kilgore College (Texas) next weekend. 
Snow College was able to get past Arizona Western College on Sept. 15 with a 22-13 win in Yuma, Ariz. The Badgers scored three touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 19-7 lead at the half. The Badgers managed only a field goal in the second half, but held the Matadors to 115 total offensive yards for the win.

The Badgers moved to 4-0 overall and 1-0 in Western States Football League play with the win, but turned the ball over three times in the contest. Quarterback Jon Eastman was 13-for-26 for 171 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions, while running back Soni Sotele carried the ball 30 times for 139 yards, but also had a fumble.

Snow next has a bye week before traveling to No. 12 Mesa Community College (Ariz.) on Sept. 29.
Butler Community College moved to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) with a 34-0 victory over Independence Community College (Kan.) last Saturday. It was the third-consecutive shutout by the Grizzlies, which held the Pirates to minus -11 yards rushing and 117 passing yards.

Independence managed just one scoring opportunity in their first possession of the second half, but the Grizzly defense came up with a sack on fourth-and-goal. Butler has shut out their opponents for 13-straight quarters, which dates back to the fourth quarter of their season opening win over Kilgore College on Aug. 25, and have outscored their opposition 102-0 over the course of the streak.

Butler has a by week before traveling to Colorado Springs, Colo., on Sept. 29 to face Air Force Academy Prep.

Mississippi Gulf Coast turned in the upset of the weekend when they downed previous No. 1 Pearl River Community College (Miss.) 24-17 on Sept. 13 to take the 80th meeting between the two rivals. A crowd of approximately 7,500 fans were on hand, despite heavy rains from Hurricane Humberto, to witness the contest. The wet conditions led to an eight-turnover, six-interception first half with the Bulldogs leading 12-10 at the break.

The Bulldogs two-point advantage was due to a safety in the second quarter. MGCCC kicker Sean Brauchle hit his second field goal of the contest late in the third quarter for a 22-17 lead going into the final frame. Another safety from the Bulldog defense made the score 24-17 and would remain that way as Pearl River could not put together another scoring opportunity.

The Bulldogs moved to 3-0 with the win, while Pearl River fell to 2-1. They two teams are likely to meet in the state title game on Nov. 10. MGCCC will face No. 16 Hinds Community College this Thursday. The loss dropped the Wildcats to No. 7 in this week’s rankings.

This week’s poll also features four teams making their debut in the rankings, all with 3-0 records. Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College makes its first appearance in the poll this week at No. 11 just in front of Mesa Community College (Ariz.) at No. 12. Itawamba Community College (Miss.) is at No. 16, while Erie Community College (N.Y.) cracks into the rankings at No. 18.

Sept. 18, 2007

1 Blinn College (Texas) (3-0) Votes: 101 First place votes: 3 Last Week: 3
Shut out Arkansas Baptist 58-0 for their 15th-consecutive victory.

2 Snow College (Utah) (4-0) Votes: 100 First place votes: 4 Last Week: 2
Got past Arizona Western on the road with a 22-13 victory to move to 4-0.

3 Butler Community College (Kan.) (4-0) Votes: 89 Last Week: 4
Won 34-0 over Independence for their third-straight shutout victory.

4 Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (3-0) Votes: 86 Last week: 6
Upset previous No. 1 Pearl River with a 24-17 win in the 80th meeting of the two rivals.

5 Eastern Arizona College (4-0) Votes: 71 Last week: 7
Won its fourth contest of the year in dramatic fashion, holding off Phoenix College 41-38.

6 Lackawanna College (Pa.) (2-0) Votes: 66 Last week: 5
Defeated Northeast Conference foe Hudson Valley 18-13 in their second game of the year.

7 Pearl River Community College (Miss.) (2-1) Votes: 65 Last week: 1
Fell 24-17 to new No. 4 Mississippi Gulf Coast.

8 Jones County Junior College (Miss.) (3-0) Votes: 55 Last week: 11
Moves up three spots in the poll after a 32-29 win over East Central (Miss.).

9 Rochester Community & Tech. College (Minn.) (3-0) Votes: 35 Last week: 10
Did not play this week.

10 Glendale Community College (Ariz.) (2-1) Votes: 26 Votes: 14
Picked up their second victory on 9/15 with a 30-28 victory over then No. 17 Scottsdale.

11 Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (3-0) 23 NR
Debuts in the poll at No. 11 with a 3-0 record. Took down Trinity Valley 37-26.

12 Mesa Community College (Ariz.) (3-0) 20 NR
Also makes its debut after defeating Pima 47-19.

13 Georgia Military College (2-1) 18 11
Falls two spots in the poll despite defeating Valdosta State Univ. JV 26-0.

13 Grand Rapids Community College (Mich.) (2-1) 18 18
Defeated previous No. 9 Iowa Central 13-10 to move up five spots in the poll.

15 College of DuPage (Ill.) (3-1) 17 18
Took down previous No. 20 Harper 43-27 for their third win of the season.

16 Hinds Community College (Miss.) (3-0) 11 NR
Breaks into the poll with 3-0 record. Defeated Northeast Mississippi 14-13.

16 Itawamba Community College (Miss.) (3-0) 11 NR
Got a shutout win over Coahoma 20-0 for their third win of the season.

18 Erie Community College (N.Y.) (3-0) 10 NR
Got win number three with a 20-13 victory over previous No. 13 Nassau.

19 Cisco Junior College (Texas) (2-1) 8 8
Lost to Tyler 29-23 to fall 11 spots in the poll.

20 Scottsdale Community College (Ariz.) (2-1) 7 17
Fell 30-28 to new No. 10 Glendale to fall three spots in the rankings.

Others Receiving Votes: Iowa Central Community College 2, Garden City Community College (Kan.) 2, Fort Scott Community College (Kan.) 1

Dropped from Rankings: Iowa Central Community College 9, Nassau Community College (N.Y.) 13, Ridgewater College (Minn.) 15, North Iowa Area Community College 16, Harper College (Ill.) 20

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