COLORADO SPRINGS (Oct. 23, 2007) - In the wild, a badger is a ferocious hunter that most creatures hope never to encounter. In the English language the verb `badger' means to harass. Ironically, Snow College's football Badgers can be described by both definitions in 2007.
Snow is again No. 1 in the NJCAA / JC Football.com Poll , released today, after an unruly 58-21 thumping of Pima Community College (Ariz.) last Saturday. The win improves their record to 8-0 overall and is their 11th-straight dating back to last season.
Snow (8-0) has pestered opponents on both sides of the ball this season. They currently have the NJCAA's leading defense, surrendering just 127 yards a game, and the nation's third-best offense, totaling 454 yards per contest. The Badgers have rolled over opponents, outscoring their foes 311-71 in their eight victories.
The Badgers were again dominating in their win over Pima. They pounced early, taking a 38-7 lead at halftime. Running back Niu Takai finished with 18 carries for 163 yards and two touchdowns, while Soni Sotele racked up 162 yards on 15 carries and three touchdowns. Snow out-gained the Aztecs offensively 518-155 - with Pima being held to negative -53 yards rushing.
Snow picked up an additional vote this week for a total of 103 and also picked up an additional first place vote to take six of seven this week. The Badgers will next travel to Scottsdale Community College (Ariz.).
Butler Community College (Kan.) remains No. 2 in the poll for the fourth-straight week. They received 98 votes this week, but no first place votes. Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College also stays put at No. 3 with 92 total votes and one first place vote, while Eastern Arizona College remains at No. 4 after receiving 85 total votes. Kilgore College (Texas) jumps up to No. 5 this week with a 7-1 record. They received 75 votes.
Butler (8-0) clinched their seventh-consecutive Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference regular season title when they defeated Hutchinson Community College (Kan.) last Saturday 34-26 in Hutchinson. The victory also guarantees the Grizzlies a home contest in the upcoming KJCCC/Region 6 Playoffs.
The Grizzlies were led by a great rushing performance from Beau Johnson. He gained 162 yards in the second half and had two touchdown runs -- including a 7-yarder that gave Butler a 34-23 lead with 9:43 remaining in the game.
Butler closes out their regular season next week with a home contest against Highland Community College (Kan.).
Mississippi Gulf Coast (8-0) clinched their second South Division title of the Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges (MACJC) in three years with a 20-14 victory over previously fifth-ranked Jones County Junior College (Miss.) Saturday.
The victory gives the Bulldogs a No. 1 seed in the upcoming MACJC playoffs and home contest in the first round - a considerable advantage for the Bulldogs as they have not lost a home game in two years.
In arguably their biggest game of the season, MGCCC turned two Jones County turnovers in the first quarter into 10 points, which proved to be huge in the outcome of the game. Cornerback Andre Watson's interception at the Bobcats' 40-yard line set up a 42-yard field goal by Sean Brauchle. Then linebacker Chris White's 38-yard fumble return gave Mississippi Gulf Coast a 10-0 lead in the first quarter.
The two teams would trade touchdowns before the break and the Bulldogs took a 17-7 lead at the half. Jones then cut the score to 17-14 at the end of the third quarter, but another field goal by Brauchle increased MGCCC's lead to 20-14 in the fourth, which proved to be too much for the Bobcats to overcome.
The Bulldogs held on to their fourth-quarter lead by pounding the football on the ground for the game's final nine minutes. Running backs Demond Washington and Albert Williams combined for a 143 yards rushing in the contest.
The loss dropped Jones County to No. 8 in this week's poll.
Next up for the Bulldogs is a home date with Southwest Mississippi Community College on Oct. 27, which is their final regular season contest.
Jones closes out the season on the road versus Copiah Lincoln Community College (Miss.).
Eastern Arizona (8-0) remained undefeated with a 31-7 defeat of previously 14th-ranked Mesa Community College ( Ariz. ) last weekend. The Gila Monsters, who boast the nation's best rushing offense (321 yds/game), broke open a 7-7 tie at halftime by scoring 24 unanswered points in the third quarter for the big win.
Eastern started their scoring in the third quarter when wide receiver Andrew Berryhill caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Pat Riley on Eastern's opening drive. The Gila Monsters then forced a fumble on Mesa 's next possession, giving Eastern the ball at the Mesa 17-yard line. The Gila Monsters scored the very next play on a 17-yard TD rush by Darious Jackson.
Another MCC fumble in the third quarter led to Brian Holmes' 34-yard field goal.
The Gila Monsters capped off the game's scoring when Michael Smith ran 88-yards for a touchdown, giving Eastern a 31-7 lead.
Eastern next faces winless Pima Community College (Ariz.) on Saturday, Oct. 27 before their biggest challenge of the season; No. 1 Snow College (Utah) on Nov. 3.
With the Jones County loss, Kilgore College moves up one spot this week to No. 5. The Rangers torched Northeastern Oklahoma A&M 70-31 Saturday. The win was their seventh-straight since opening the season with a loss at No. 2 Butler (29-28) on Aug. 25.
The Rangers got big performances from running back Cornelius Shackleford and quarterback Logan Morris. Shackleford finished the game with 148 yards on 17 carries and two touchdowns, while Morris completed 10-of-15 for 165 yards and two TD passes.
Kilgore is now atop the standings in the Southwest JC Football Conference with a 5-0 mark in league play, including an impressive 40-39 win at defending national champion Blinn College (Texas) on Sept. 22, which knocked Blinn from their No. 1 ranking.
The Rangers can win the SJCFC regular season title with a victory at No. 16 Cisco Junior College (Texas), 6-2, this Saturday.
Download this week's poll breakdown.
Place College Location Record Points 1st Pl Votes Last Week
1 Snow College Ephraim, UT 8-0 103 6 1
2 Butler Community College - Kansas El Dorado, KS 8-0 98 0 2
3 Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Perkinston, MS 8-0 92 1 3
4 Eastern Arizona College Thatcher, AZ 8-0 85 0 4
5 Kilgore College Kilgore, TX 7-0 75 0 6
6 Blinn College Brenham, TX 7-1 68 0 6
7 Georgia Military College Milledgeville, GA 7-1 57 0 8
8 Jones County Junior College Ellisville, MS 7-1 47 0 5
9 Rochester Community & Technical College Rochester, MN 8-0 44 0 9
10 Iowa Central Community College Fort Dodge, IA 7-1 39 0 11
11 Dean College Franklin, MA 8-0 30 0 12
12 Itawamba Community College Fulton, MS 7-1 28 0 15
13 Garden City Community College Garden City, KS 7-1 24 0 16
14 Fort Scott Community College Fort Scott, KS 7-1 20 0 16
15 Mesa Community College Mesa, AZ 6-2 11 0 14
16 Cisco Junior College Cisco, TX 6-2 8 0 9
17 Joliet Junior College Joliet, IL 7-2 5 0 NR
18 Glendale Community College Glendale, AZ 5-2 4 0 18
18 Pearl River Community College Poplarville, MS 5-3 4 0 13
20 Northwest Mississippi Community College Senatobia, MS 5-3 2 0 19