Snow #1, Blinn 7th In JUCO Poll

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COLORADO SPRINGS (October 2, 2007) - The Badgers of Snow College (Utah) held on to the No. 1 post in the NJCAA / JC Football.com Poll released today. They take the top spot for the second consecutive week. Snow improved to 5-0 on the season with a 48-17 thumping of previously No. 12 ranked Mesa Community College on Sept. 29.

The Badgers received 103 total votes and five of seven first place votes to hold the No. 1 ranking. Butler Community College (Kan.) is again at No. 2 with 98 total votes and one first place vote. The Grizzlies are also 5-0 as they defeated Air Force Prep 37-7 on Sept. 29.

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College stays at No. 3 in the poll and received a first place vote, while Eastern Arizona College stays at No. 4. Jones County Junior College (Miss.) moves up two spots this week to No. 5.

Snow won their eighth-consecutive contest, dating back to the 2006 season, behind a strong rushing performance from Soni Sotele. He amassed 150 rushing yards on 24 carries and one touchdown. The Badgers were without their starting signal caller, Jon Eastman, who suffered a broken bone in his foot earlier in the week. His backup, Houston Erbstoesser, produced magnificently throwing for 192 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed for another score.

The game was never really in question for Snow as their NJCAA-leading defense held Mesa to a field goal in the first half and two touchdowns, limiting the Thunderbirds to 221 yards. The loss dropped Mesa to No. 17 in this week's rankings.

Snow will next face Phoenix College (Ariz., 1-3) at home on Oct. 6th.

For Butler it was more of the same: defense, defense, and more defense. The Grizzlies shut-out Air Force Prep in the first half and then surrendered a touchdown in the third quarter - the only points allowed by Butler in 15 quarters of play. This season, the Grizzly `D' has given up just 36 points in five games (7.2 per game).

Offensively, the Grizzlies racked up 222 rushing yards, of which 178 came from Beau Johnson on 23 carries. Johnson also scored his seventh touchdown of the season. Tywon Hubbard gained just 23 rushing yards, but scored twice on runs of three and 11 yards.

Next Saturday, Butler will hit the road to face long-time rival Coffeyville Community College (Kan., 3-2), which is 20th in this week's rankings.

Mississippi Gulf Coast improved to 5-0 on the season with a 37-3 dominating victory over Copiah-Lincoln Community College (Miss.) on Sept. 27. The Bulldogs are 3-0 in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) and atop the South Division standings.

Special teams played a big role in the win for the Bulldogs. Kicker Sean Brauchle showed Co-Lin why he was named back-to-back MACJC special teams player of the week as he hit three field goals, including a boot from 50 yards.

MGCCC did not get off to a great start as they failed to score in the first quarter. However, the Bulldogs scored 17 in the second quarter to take a 17-3 halftime lead.

The Bulldogs got a big game from running back Demond Washington who had a 69-yard touchdown run and a 72-yard punt return for a score.

The win was the fourth on the road for the Bulldogs. They next host East Central Community College (Miss., 2-3) on Oct. 4.

Eastern Arizona is the only team in the poll that boasts six wins. The Gila Monsters won their sixth-straight on Sept. 29 with a 41-7 thumping of Arizona Western College. Their 6-0 record is the best start to a season at EAC since 1955.

The Gila Monsters racked up 372 rushing yards in the win over Arizona Western on 63 running plays. Quarterback Pat Riley was again superb in leading the option attack. Riley was the leading rusher for the Gila Monsters with 121 yards on 15 carries and one touchdown. To no surprise, Eastern Arizona 's rushing offense ranks second in the NJCAA, producing 329.8 yards per game.

The Gila Monsters host New Mexico Military Institute (1-4) in their next contest on Oct. 6.

With Lackawanna College (Pa.) suffering their first loss of the season (33-21 to Nassau Community College, N.Y. ), the door opened for Jones County Junior College (Miss.) to crack into the top five. Jones picked up their fifth win of the season in dramatic fashion.

Trailing 38-28 late in the third quarter, the Bobcats stuffed the Hinds Community College Eagles on a fourth down and inches. Jones would then march 85 yards in 10 plays with Jasper Ducksworth going over the pile from 3 yards out to end the drive. A good PAT made it 38-35 with 1:09 left in the third quarter, which propelled the Bobcats to 56-41 MACJC South Division victory.

JCJC will next face Southwest Mississippi Community College (2-3) on Oct. 4.

Making a big splash in the poll this week is Kilgore College (Texas) at No. 8. The Rangers are 4-1 and sit atop the Southwest Junior College Football Conference. They knocked off defending national champ Blinn College (Texas) from their No. 1 ranking on Sept. 22 with a 40-39 win. Their lone loss of the season was a 29-28 nail-bitter on Aug. 25 at Butler Community College (Kan.). The Rangers recently defeated Arkansas Baptist College 38-13 and next face Tyler Junior College on Oct. 6.

Location
Record
Points
1st Pl Votes
Last Week

1
Snow College
Ephraim, UT
5-0
103
5
1

2
Butler Community College - Kansas
El Dorado, KS
5-0
98
1
2

3
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
Perkinston, MS
5-0
93
1
3

4
Eastern Arizona College
Thatcher, AZ
6-0
84
0
4

5
Jones County Junior College
Ellisville, MS
5-0
73
0
7

6
Pearl River Community College
Poplarville, MS
4-1
67
0
6

7
Blinn College
Brenham, TX
4-1
59
0
8

8
Kilgore College
Kilgore, TX
4-1
47
0
NR

9
Rochester Community & Technical College
Rochester, MN
5-0
46
0
10

10
Glendale Community College
Glendale, AZ
4-1
41
0
11

11
Georgia Military College
Milledgeville, GA
4-1
30
0
13

12
Cisco Junior College
Cisco, TX
4-1
26
0
16

13
Lackawanna College
Scranton, PA
3-1
25
0
5

14
Iowa Central Community College
Fort Dodge, IA
4-1
17
0
17

15
Fort Scott Community College
Fort Scott, KS
5-0*
10
0
19

16
Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College
Miami, OK
4-1
9
0
9

17
Mesa Community College
Mesa, AZ
4-1
5
0
12

18
North Iowa Area Community College
Mason City, IA
3-2
4
0
NR

19
Nassau Community College
Garden City, NY
4-1
3
0
NR

20
Coffeyville Community College
Coffeyville, KS
3-2
2
0
20