Off their 31-0 shutout of then-No. 4-ranked Hutchinson Saturday at Frary Field, Fort Scott Community College's football team was moved up three spots to No. 3 in the NJCAA/ jcfootball. com poll released Tuesday. According to the NJCAA, this is the highest the Greyhounds have been ranked in 35 years.
The highest Fort Scott has been ranked in recent times was No. 4. The Greyhounds were in that position for three consecutive weeks last season, moving up one spot after beating Dodge City on Oct. 11 and staying there until they fell to Butler on Nov. 1.
The top two teams in the poll remain the same: Blinn at No. 1 and Navarro at No. 2. The two Texas schools are both 4-0 and appear headed to a showdown on Oct. 31, when the two are scheduled to meet at Navarro.
Blinn, No. 1 the last four weeks, received five first-place votes and scored 138 points in voting. Navarro has 131 points while Fort Scott has 125 points and received the other two first-place votes.
Fort Scott (4-0) jumped over Butler in the rankings. The Grizzlies were No. 5 last week, between Hutchinson and Fort Scott, before beating Coffeyville 30-14. That victory was also Butler head coach Troy Morrell's 100th as Grizzlies head coach.
Butler (4-1) received 113 points in voting as they took over the No. 4 position.
Moving up three spots to No. 5 is Eastern Arizona, which will play a major game in the national scheme of things this weekend as it will play host to No. 7 Arizona Western. Both teams are 4-0.
At No. 6 is Mississippi Gulf Coast (4-1), which defeated then-No. 3 Pearl River, 38-28, last Thursday. it was the second consecutive week MGCCC beat the No. 3-ranked team as it beat East Mississippi the week before.
The rest of the top 10 has Dean, Mass. (4-0) at No. 8, Snow, Utah (4-1) at No. 9 and Pearl River (4-1) at No. 10.
Hutchinson (3-1) fell nine spots to No. 13 after its loss to Fort Scott. The Blue Dragons are the last of the three Jayhawk Conference teams in the national poll.
There are two teams in the poll which are 5-0: No. 11 Grand Rapids, Mich., and No. 14 Rochester Tech, Minn. Grand Rapids wasn't on the national radar at the beginning of the season, not appearing in the pre-season poll even though the NJCAA ranks 25 teams in that edition of the poll. Grand Rapids only received two votes in the first poll of the regular season and didn't crack the top 20 until the next week. Rochester Tech, as a member of the Minnesota conference, doesn't offer scholarships and would be in Division III if there enough football playing schools in the NJCAA to allow the sport to have divisions.
Other games on this week's schedule include Blinn at unranked Tyler, Navarro at No. 17 Trinity Valley, Fort Scott at Independence (2-2), Butler at Hutchinson and MGCCC at home against unranked Copiah-Lincoln.
JUCO FOOTBALL POLL
"Next game" is this Saturday unless noted.
|Team||Record||Points||Previous||Last week||Next game|
|1. Blinn, Texas (5)||4-0||138||1||def. Kilgore, 31-21||at Tyler|
|2. Navarro, Texas||4-0||131||2||def. No. 17 Tyler, 61-28||at No. 15 Trinity Valley|
|3. Fort Scott (2)||4-0||125||6||def. No. 4 Hutchinson, 31-0||at Independence|
|4. Butler||4-1||113||5||def. Coffeyville, 30-14||at No. 13 Hutchinson|
|5. Eastern Arizona||4-0||111||8||def. New Mexico Prep, 57-0||vs. No. 7 Arizona Western|
|6. Mississippi Gulf Coast||4-1||104||9||def. No. 3 Pearl River, 38-28||vs. Copiah-Lincoln|
|7. Arizona Western||4-0||94||11||def. Scottsdale, 32-20||at No. 5 Eastern Arizona|
|8. Dean, Mass.||4-0||89||10||def. Hudson Valley, 17-14||at Holy Cross JV, Sunday|
|9. Snow, Utah||4-1||77||12||def. Glendale, 47-14||at Mesa|
|10. Pearl River, Miss.||4-1||75||3||lost to No. 9 Miss. Gulf Coast, 38-28||vs. Jones County, Thursday|
|11. Grand Rapids, Mich.||5-0||72||15||def. No. 14 Ellsworth, 77-56||vs. No. 19 Iowa Central|
|12. East Mississippi||4-1||66||13||def. No. 18 Northwest Miss., 49-42||at Coahoma, Thursday|
|13. Hutchinson||3-1||60||4||lost to No. 6 Fort Scott, 31-0||vs. No. 4 Butler|
|14. Rochester Tech, Minn.||5-0||57||16||def. No. 20 Central Lakes, 27-6||at No. 20 Mesabi Range|
|15. Trinity Valley, Texas||3-1||42||7||lost to Cisco, 27-24||vs. No. 2 Navarro|
|16. Nassau, N.Y.||3-0||20||NR||def. Erie, 26-24||at Lackawanna, Pa.|
|17. Georgia Military||3-2||18||19||def. N. Carolina Tech, 47-14||at South Alabama JV, Oct. 10|
|18. Ellsworth, Iowa||2-2||17||14||lost to No. 15 Grand Rapids, 77-56||at Harper|
|19. Iowa Central||3-1||15||NR||def. Joliet, 45-17||at No. 11 Grand Rapids|
|20. Mesabi Range, Minn.||4-1||8||RV||def. Vermillion, 34-3||vs. No. 14 Rochester|
|Tie. Northwest Mississippi||3-2||8||18||lost to No. 13 East Miss., 49-42||at Mississippi Delta|
Others receiving votes: Central Lakes, Minn. (20), 4-1, 7; Tyler, Texas (17), 3-1, 7; Phoenix, 3-1, 5; Alfred State, N.Y., 3-1, 2; Lackawanna, Pa., 2-1, 1; New Mexico Military, 3-1, 1.