COLORADO SPRINGS (Oct. 16, 2007) - Snow College (Utah) improved to 7-0 with a 47-14 win over previous 10th-ranked Glendale Community College (Ariz.) Saturday and again owns the No. 1 ranking in this week's NJCAA / JC Football.com Poll. The Badgers have now won 10-consecutive games dating back to last season and are first in the rankings for the fourth-straight week.
Snow received 102 total poll votes this week and five of seven first place votes.
The top five remains the same as last week with Butler Community College (Kan.) at No. 2 with 98 total votes and one first place vote. Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College stays at No. 3 with 94 total votes and one first place vote, while Eastern Arizona College remains at No. 4 and Jones County Junior College (Miss.) at No. 5.
All of the top five teams boast 7-0 records, and four of the top five teams picked up wins over ranked opponents this past weekend.
Snow validated its top-ranking by dominating rival Glendale last Saturday. Snow was led by quarterback Houston Erbstoesser who threw for 239 yards and four touchdowns, and a Badger defense that gave up just 186 yards of total offense to the Gauchos. Snow led at the half 31-0.
Wide receiver Adam Frandsen caught four passes for 113 yards and two scores.
The Badger defense, which ranks first in the NJCAA, got several great performances. Defensive end Coleby Clawson sacked Glendale quarterback Brian Wiedeman, forcing a fumble that led to a first-quarter Badger field goal. Also in the first quarter, linebacker Josh Sharp picked off a pass and returned it 37 yards to put Snow on top 17-0. Early in the second quarter, safety Andrew Rich got an interception and returned the ball 37 yards to the Gaucho 23.
Next Saturday, Snow travels to Tucson to take on Pima Community College (Ariz.).
Butler looks to be headed towards its seventh-consecutive Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference title as they defeated then 13th -ranked Fort Scott Community College (Kan.) 45-8 Saturday. The win puts Butler alone in first place in the league with just two games to play in the regular season.
The defense again set the tone for the Grizzlies. On the first play from scrimmage, Butler safety Kyle Woodall picked off a pass from Fort Scott QB Greg Cross. The interception set up a 41-yard field goal from Grady Fowler, his longest of the season, for an early 3-0 lead. Fowler is 7-for-8 on field-goal attempts this season.
Butler scored 24-straight points in the first half to put the game away early. They scored on a five-yard run from Beau Johson and two Mike Garrison touchdown passes to Tyrece Gaines (38-yards) and Andre Jones (30-yards). Johnson finished with 155 yards and had 10 carries of seven yards or more.
The Grizzlies next travel to Hutchinson Community College (Kan.) for their eighth game of the season.
Mississippi Gulf Coast needed overtime to collect its seventh win of the season. The Bulldogs edged previously 16th-ranked Northwest Mississippi Community College 27-20. MGCCC led 20-7 in the third quarter before the Rangers scored 13 points in less than two minutes to tie the game. A missed extra point by Northwest sent the game into overtime.
The Bulldogs scored a touchdown on the opening possession of overtime and then held the Rangers on four consecutive plays to sneak away with their seventh win of the season.
Mississippi Gulf Coast will next face an even tougher opponent in No. 5 Jones County on October 20.
Eastern Arizona had a bye last Saturday, but gets back on the field Oct. 20 when they travel to No. 14 Mesa Community College (Ariz.).
Jones County was impressive in their 33-28 victory in the 77 th meeting between the Bobcats and the Pearl River Community College Wildcats. The win by Jones almost surely slams the door on a potential five-peat by the Wildcats (5-2) in the Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges (MACJC).
Quarterback Early James and wide receiver Tebiarus Gill led the Bobcats. James completed 20-of-27 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns. Jones County stepped up when they needed to, converting 10-of-17 third down conversions. Gill caught seven passes for 113 yards and a touchdown, and he added a 65-yard punt return for another score.
Running back Jasper Ducksworth carried 33 times for 85 yards and scored two touchdowns to increase his season total to 15, which is tied for second in the NJCAA.
Jones looks to take control of the South Division of the MACJC when they host No. 3 Mississippi Gulf Coast this Saturday.
Two other teams in this week's poll boast 7-0 records. No. 9 Rochester Community & Technical College (Minn.) remains undefeated with their dominating 73-16 win over Ridgewater College (Minn.).
Dean College (Mass.) breaks into the poll for the first time this season at No. 12. They defeated Erie Community College (N.Y.) 44-7 Saturday for their seventh win of the season.
Download this week's poll breakdown.
Place College Location Record Points 1st Pl Votes Last Week
1 Snow College Ephraim, UT 7-0 102 5 1
2 Butler Community College - Kansas El Dorado, KS 7-0 98 1 2
3 Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Perkinston, MS 7-0 94 1 3
4 Eastern Arizona College Thatcher, AZ 7-0 83 0 4
5 Jones County Junior College Ellisville, MS 7-0 78 0 5
6 Kilgore College Kilgore, TX 6-1 67 0 7
7 Blinn College Brenham, TX 6-1 62 0 8
8 Georgia Military College Milledgeville, GA 6-1 45 0 11
9 Rochester Community & Technical College Rochester, MN 7-0 44 0 9
9 Cisco Junior College Cisco, TX 6-1 44 0 12
11 Iowa Central Community College Fort Dodge, IA 6-1 27 0 13
12 Dean College Franklin, MA 7-0 26 0 NR
13 Pearl River Community College Poplarville, MS 5-2 21 0 6
14 Mesa Community College Mesa, AZ 6-1 14 0 15
15 Itawamba Community College Fulton, MS 6-1 10 0 17
16 Fort Scott Community College Fort Scott, KS 6-1 7 0 14
16 Garden City Community College Garden City, KS 6-1 7 0 17
18 Glendale Community College Glendale, AZ 4-2 5 0 10
19 Northwest Mississippi Community College Senatobia, MS 5-2 4 0 16
20 North Iowa Area Community College Mason City, IA 5-2 2 0 17
Other schools receiving votes
College Location Record Points 1st Pl Votes Last Week
Coffeyville Community College Coffeyville, KS 4-3 1 0 NR
Joliet Junior College Joliet, IL 6-2 1 0 NR