Blinn Still #1 In NJCAA/ Poll

COLORADO SPRINGS (Sept. 23, 2008 ) – Blinn College (Texas) stays No. 1 in this week's NJCAA / JC Top 20 released today. The Buccaneers are 3-0 and received 139 poll points and six of seven first place votes to stay on top for the third straight week.

Blinn is followed by their Texas rival Navarro College at No. 2, Snow College (Utah) at No. 3, Jones County Junior College (Miss.) at No. 4 and Butler Community College (Kan.) at No. 5.

2007 co-national champion Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College slides down to No. 10 after suffering their first loss of the season, 27-23, to East Mississippi Community College last Thursday.

Blinn got its third win of the season with a 35-3 blowout victory over Arkansas Baptist College on Sept. 20. The Buccaneer defense allowed just 74 yards of total offense from the Bison and -1 yards rushing.

The Bucs ran all over ABC with Michael Hayes leading the way with 183 yards on 16 carries and two scores. Reginald Brown rushed for 98 yards on 20 carries as well.

Blinn travels to Kilgore College (Texas) Sept. 27. 

In a rematch of last season’s Southwestern Junior College Football Conference title game, Navarro took down then No. 19 Kilgore 28-10. The score does not give the Bulldogs enough credit as Navarro racked up over 600 yards of total offense in the contest.

Running backs William Powell and Justin Sturns had big games for the Bulldogs. Powell rushed for 98 yards on nine carries, including a 39-yard touchdown run. Sturns did not score, but had 143 yards on 17 carries and had runs of 41 and 42 yards.

Safety Trevor Drayton got his third and fourth interceptions of the season as well.

Navarro now gets Tyler Junior College (Texas) this Saturday.

Snow moved to 4-0 on the season with a 31-25 victory over Arizona Western College in Ephraim, Utah. Freshman quarterback Quinn Mecham shrugged off three first half interceptions to throw for 271 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Badgers to their first league win of the year.

The Badgers face probably their toughest challenge thus far next Saturday night when they travel to #9 Glendale Community College (Ariz.).

Jones County moves up one spot as well this week after moving to 4-0 on the season with a 42-35 victory over East Central Community College (Miss.) last Thursday. The Bobcats sealed their fourth win when sophomore cornerback Mark Gray intercepted an East Central pass at his own 3-yard line with 2:47 remaining in the game.

The Bobcats go for their fifth win when they travel to Hinds Community College (Miss.) this Thursday.

Since dropping their opening game against Blinn on Aug. 28, the Butler Grizzlies have rebounded with three straight wins. Their third win came last Friday in Colorado Springs when they defeated Air Force Prep 30-14. The Grizzlies actually trailed 8-6 at halftime, but managed to score 24 points in the second half to down the Huskies. Tony Williams scored two touchdowns and Logan Ortiz kicked three field goals in the Butler win.

The Grizzlies next face longtime rival Coffeyville Community College (Kan.) next Saturday.

New to the Rankings
This week’s poll features three new teams. Trinity Valley Community College (Texas) enters at No. 15, Lackawanna College (Pa.) splashes into the rankings at No. 17 and Coahoma Community College (Miss.) at No. 19.

With the addition of Coahoma this week, there are now four teams from Mississippi ranked in the poll this week: No. 4 Jones County, No. 6 Pearl River, No. 10 Mississippi Gulf Coast and No. 19 Coahoma.

See the whole poll.

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