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Greyhounds at highest spot in poll in 35 years

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

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.



"Next game" is this Saturday unless noted.

TeamRecordPointsPreviousLast weekNext game
1. Blinn, Texas (5)4-01381def. Kilgore, 31-21at Tyler
2. Navarro, Texas4-01312def. No. 17 Tyler, 61-28at No. 15 Trinity Valley
3. Fort Scott (2)4-01256def. No. 4 Hutchinson, 31-0at Independence
4. Butler4-11135def. Coffeyville, 30-14at No. 13 Hutchinson
5. Eastern Arizona4-01118def. New Mexico Prep, 57-0vs. No. 7 Arizona Western
6. Mississippi Gulf Coast4-11049def. No. 3 Pearl River, 38-28vs. Copiah-Lincoln
7. Arizona Western4-09411def. Scottsdale, 32-20at No. 5 Eastern Arizona
8. Dean, Mass.4-08910def. Hudson Valley, 17-14at Holy Cross JV, Sunday
9. Snow, Utah4-17712def. Glendale, 47-14at Mesa
10. Pearl River, Miss.4-1753lost to No. 9 Miss. Gulf Coast, 38-28vs. Jones County, Thursday
11. Grand Rapids, Mich.5-07215def. No. 14 Ellsworth, 77-56vs. No. 19 Iowa Central
12. East Mississippi4-16613def. No. 18 Northwest Miss., 49-42at Coahoma, Thursday
13. Hutchinson3-1604lost to No. 6 Fort Scott, 31-0vs. No. 4 Butler
14. Rochester Tech, Minn.5-05716def. No. 20 Central Lakes, 27-6at No. 20 Mesabi Range
15. Trinity Valley, Texas3-1427lost to Cisco, 27-24vs. No. 2 Navarro
16. Nassau, N.Y.3-020NRdef. Erie, 26-24at Lackawanna, Pa.
17. Georgia Military3-21819def. N. Carolina Tech, 47-14at South Alabama JV, Oct. 10
18. Ellsworth, Iowa2-21714lost to No. 15 Grand Rapids, 77-56at Harper
19. Iowa Central3-115NRdef. Joliet, 45-17at No. 11 Grand Rapids
20. Mesabi Range, Minn.4-18RVdef. Vermillion, 34-3vs. No. 14 Rochester
Tie. Northwest Mississippi 3-2818lost to No. 13 East Miss., 49-42at 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.

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