2010 NJCAA Football Action Kicks Off

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – After several weeks of practice, conditioning and scrimmages, teams will take the field Aug. 26-29 to kick off the 2010 season. The first weekend of play features 21 games highlighted by several match-ups between teams that received preseason Top 25 rankings. In all, 13 teams ranked in the preseason NJCAA poll will take the field.

The slate of games for Thurs., Aug. 26 includes a great matchup between No. 4 Navarro, Texas and No. 6 Butler, Kan. The game is the first of several contests over the opening weekend between the Southwest JC Football Conference and the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference. The contest will take place at Cessna Stadium in Wichita in front of a large anticipated crowd.

This is the third straight year Butler will open its season at Cessna Stadium. In 2008, Butler lost to Blinn, Texas by a 23-20 score in front of a crowd of nearly 13,000. In 2009, Butler defeated Garden City 17-0 in front of 6,000 fans.

Butler is looking to bounce back after an 8-3 record in 2009 while Navarro enters this season after posting a 11-1 mark, including a victory over Mississippi Gulf Coast in the Heart of Texas Bowl.

Also on Thursday, No. 20 Rochester, Minn. will begin its season against Northland, Minn., which is the first contest of the Minnesota College Athletic Conference's Kick Off Classic at Husky Stadium on the campus of St. Cloud University.

The most anticipated game of the weekend will take place in Brenham, Texas on Saturday, Aug. 28 when No. 1 Blinn and No. 3 Fort Scott take the field in a rematch of last year's national title game. Blinn defeated Fort Scott for the 2009 NJCAA Football Championship via a last second punt return for touchdown 31-26.

The Buccaneers return eight starters (3 offense / 5 defense) from last season's championship team and they also welcome a NCAA Division I transfer at the quarterback position in Justin Tuggle (Boston College). Tuggle started three games for Boston College in 2009. Top returners for Blinn include Honorable Mention All-American and First-Team All-Southwest JC Football Conference linebacker Dextrell Simmons and offensive lineman Sean Robertson who started 10 games in 2009 for the Bucs. 

Fort Scott returns 18 total players from last year's team that captured the program's first conference championship in over 30 years. However, the Greyhounds return just one starter - defensive end Frank Bryant who led the team with seven forced fumbles and tallied 36 tackles, seven tackles for loss and four sacks.

Another intriguing matchup on the first Saturday of the season includes No. 14 Tyler (Texas) at No. 18 Coffeyville (Kan.). Both teams won seven games last year and are looking to make a jump in their respective league standings in 2010.

Complete NJCAA Football Schedule for Aug. 26-29
Times listed are local

Thurs., Aug. 26th

Non-Conference Games

Arkansas Baptist at Joliet, Ill. - 6 p.m.

Southwest JC Football Conf. - Kansas Jayahawk CC Conf. Challenge

#4 Navarro, Texas at #6 Butler, Kan. (at Cessna Stadium, Wichita, Kan.) - 7 p.m. Live Audio

Minn. College Athletic Conf. (MCAC)

Kickoff Classic -- St. Cloud State University, Husky Stadium

#20 Rochester, Minn. vs. Northland, Minn. - 7 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 28th

Non-Conference Games

Highland, Kan. at Iowa Western - 1 p.m.
*Morningside JV at #9 Ellsworth, Iowa - 1 p.m.
*Columbia Basin, Wash. at #8 Snow, Utah - 1:30 p.m. Live Audio
*Monterrey Tech vs. #2 Arizona Western (at El Centro, Calif.) - 7 p.m.  Live Audio
*Monterey Tech vs. New Mexico Military (at El Paso, Texas) - 7 p.m.

Southwest JC Football Conf. - Kansas Jayahawk CC Conf. Challenge

#3 Fort Scott, Kan. at #1 Blinn, Texas - 3 p.m.  Live Auido
Independence, Kan. at Trinity Valley, Texas - 7 p.m. Live Audio
#11 Hutchinson, Kan. at Kilgore, Texas - 7 p.m.  Live Audio and Live Audio 2
#14 Tyler, Texas at #18 Coffeyville, Kan. - 7 p.m. Live Audio 
Dodge City, Kan. at Cisco, Texas - 7 p.m. Live Audio
Northeastern Oklahoma A&M at Garden City, Kan. - 7 p.m. Live Audio  

Minn. College Athletic Conf. (MCAC)
Kickoff Classic -- St. Cloud State University, Husky Stadium

Itasca, Minn. vs. Ridgewater, Minn. - 11 a.m.
Minn State vs. Mesabi Range, Minn. - 2 p.m.                           
Vermilion, Minn. vs. Minnesota West - 5 p.m.
Fond du Lac, Minn. vs. #24 Central Lakes, Minn. - 8 p.m. 

Midwest Football Conference

College of DuPage, Ill. at #10 Grand Rapids, Mich. - 1 p.m.

Independent

*Monterrey Tech at Lon Morris, Texas - 6 p.m.                                 

Sunday, Aug. 29th

Non-Conference Games

Globe, N.Y. at *Widener JV - 4 p.m.

*Denotes Non-NJCAA colleges

Scores will be posted on the NJCAA Football Scoreboard when they become available

2010 NJCAA FOOTBALL PRESEASON TOP 25 - Released July 28, 2010

1. Blinn, Texas
2. Arizona Western
3. Ft. Scott, Kan.
4. Navarro, Texas
5. Mississippi Gulf Coast
6. Butler, Kan.
7. East Mississippi
8. Snow, Utah
9. Ellsworth, Iowa
10. Grand Rapids, Mich.
11. Hutchinson, Kan.
12. Iowa Central
13. Pearl River, Miss.
14. Tyler, Texas
15. Dean, Mass
16. Eastern Arizona
17. Georgia Military
18. Coffeyville, Kan.
19. Jones County, Miss.
20. Rochester Tech, Minn.
21. Lackawanna, Pa.
22. Northwest Mississippi
23. Iowa Western
24. Central Lakes, Minn.
25. Coahoma, Miss.

The first NJCAA Football Poll of the regular season will be released Sept. 7, 2010.

For more on NJCAA Football download the 2010 NJCAA Football Guide


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