Fort Scott Community College's football team received votes in the JCGridiron.com pre-season "Dirty 30" poll, released earlier this month.
FSCC finished 4-4 last season under first-year head coach Curtis Horton. Because the program was on probation, the Greyhounds' Jayhawk Conference games were not included in conference standings and they were ineligible for post-season play. Fort Scott was 4-3 against KJCCC competition.
The NJCAA pre-season poll has not yet been released. The KJCCC will hold its media day Friday in Wichita at which time the coaches' pre-season poll will be revealed.
The JCGridiron.com poll includes California junior colleges, which are not members of the NJCAA. And it's a California school that holds the No. 1 ranking in the pre-season. Mt. San Antonio, eighth in last year's final poll, gets the nod after an 11-2 season in 2011.
Arizona Western, which finished No. 3 in both the final NJCAA and Dirty 30 polls, has the No. 2 position in the pre-season. Western lost the El Toro Bowl, the NJCAA-designated national championship game, to East Mississippi. Western (11-1) was ranked No. 1 going into that game while East Mississippi (12-0) was No. 2.
City College of San Francisco (12-0), the runner-up in last year's Dirty 30, holds the No. 3 position in the pre-season. East Mississippi is No. 4 while Blinn, Texas (8-2) is No. 5.
Hutchinson (9-3) is the highest-ranked KJCCC team, placed at No. 10 in the Dirty 30. The Blue Dragons finished second in the KJCCC during the regular season and was runner-up in the Region VI Playoffs. Butler (11-1), the champion of both the regular season and the playoffs, has been placed 12th in the pre-season poll. Last year, Butler was 10th in the final poll while Hutchinson was 21st. Butler was ranked No. 2 in the final NJCAA poll while Hutchinson finished No. 9.
The complete Dirty 30:
|Team||2011 record||2011 final rank|
|1. Mt. San Antonio, Calif.||11-2||8|
|2. Arizona Western||11-1||3|
|3. City Coll. of San Francisco||12-0||2|
|4. East Mississippi||12-0||1|
|5. Blinn, Texas||9-2||16|
|6. El Camino, Calif.||8-3||27|
|7. Riverside, Calif.||11-0||4|
|8. Iowa Western||9-2||13|
|9. Hinds, Miss.||7-3||24|
|11. Butte, Calif.||10-1||12|
|13. Fullerton, Calif.||5-5||NR|
|14. College of San Mateo, Calif.||8-3||15|
|15. Mississippi Gulf Coast||10-2||7|
|16. Trinity Valley, Texas||8-3||18|
|17. Saddleback, Calif.||8-3||17|
|18. Fresno City, Calif.||10-1||11|
|19. Cerritos, Calif.||8-4||19|
|20. Dean, Mass.||8-1||14|
|21. Navarro, Texas||0-2||9|
|22. Chabot, Calif.||9-2||20|
|23. American River, Calif.||11-0||6|
|24. Holmes, Miss.||2-7||NR|
|25. Nassau, N.Y.||8-2||NR|
|26. Snow, Utah||8-3||29|
|27. Itawamba, Miss.||4-5||NR|
|28. Ventura, Calif.||7-4||NR|
|29. College of the Canyons, Calif.||4-6||NR|
|30. ASA College, N.Y.||3-3||NR|
Others receiving votes: Northwest Mississippi, 6-3; Santa Ana, Calif., 5-5; Fort Scott, 4-4; Diablo Valley, Calif., 8-3; Eastern Arizona, 5-4; Los Angeles Pierce, Calif., 3-7; Georgia Military, 1-4; Bakersfield, Calif., 4-6; Rochester, Minn., 11-1; Contra Costa, Calif., 6-4.