NJCAA Football Week 7 Preview

Media Relations
Posted Oct 3, 2013


In Week 7 of the NJCAA football season, traditional powerhouses in the KJCCC, MCAC and SWJCFC will try to maintain their historical dominance against rising programs in their respective conferences...

NJCAA Game of the Week

#8 Navarro (4-1) at #6 Tyler (5-0)
Saturday, 7:00 p.m. (CT)

Claiming an SWJCFC regular season or playoff championship in each of the last seven seasons, the No. 8 Navarro Bulldogs face a tough road test against No. 6 Tyler who is seeking their first conference title since 2003.

Boasting the fourth ranked offense in the country, the Apaches offense is averaging 500.6 yards per game this season. Sophomore quarterback Randy Price has targeted freshman wide receiver Joshua Reynolds as his playmaker. Tied for the nation’s lead in touchdown catches, Reynolds has crossed the goal line on seven of his 15 receptions this season. Although Tyler’s passing game is explosive, sophomore running back Leroy Dobbins ranks fourth in the country in rushing with 134 yards per game.

With starting quarterback Josh Greer suffering from an injured collarbone, Navarro will rely heavily on running back Tim Wright. The sophomore has run for 593 yards this season and ranks third in the land with 10 rushing touchdowns. The Bulldogs also have a defensive playmaker in sophomore cornerback Sherman Gilbert who has three interceptions and two fumble recoveries on the year.


Other Key Games Around the Country

#4 Itawamba (5-0) at #9 Copiah-Lincoln (4-1)
Thursday, 7:00 p.m. (CT)

With No. 4 Itawamba and No. 9 Copiah-Lincoln both in the MACJC and national title hunts, Thursday night’s matchup will have a huge impact on where the two teams go after this week. Facing their first true test of 2013, the Itawamba Indians will need sophomore quarterback Griff Loftis to step up against the Wolves defense which showed some vulnerability last week – giving up 50 points to Jones County. Coming off a four-touchdown performance, Copiah-Lincoln sophomore wide receiver Casey Gladney will be a key to knocking off visiting Itawamba.

#15 Butler (4-1) at #16 Garden City (4-1)
Saturday, 7:00 p.m. (CT)

No NJCAA program has dominated a conference like Butler has in the KJCCC. Aiming for their fourth consecutive conference championship, No. 15 Butler needs a victory against up-and-coming No. 16 Garden City. Butler sophomore quarterback Hunter Vaughn leads the Grizzlies attack with 1,061 yards and 12 touchdowns through the air this season. Despite the departure of quarterback Nick Marshall – now the starting quarterback for Auburn – the Broncbusters pass attack has kept up the pace behind the arm of freshman Akeem Jones. The quarterback has thrown for 1,063 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2013.

#18 Minnesota West (4-1) at Central Lakes (4-1)
Saturday, 2:30 p.m. (CT)

Coming off a 26-6 upset of Ridgewater, No. 18 Minnesota West will look to earn another key MCAC win Saturday at Central Lakes. Boasting one of the top running backs in the nation, Minnesota West will provide the Raiders with a heavy dose of sophomore Reuben Linton II. Ranking second in the nation with 152.8 yards per game, Linton also has nine rushing touchdowns on the season – fifth most in the NJCAA. Central Lakes will counter with their impactful defense that has 17 turnovers on the year.


The Top 20 in Week 7
*Non-NJCAA member school

#1 Georgia Military (6-0) at Ellsworth (2-3) Saturday – 1:00 p.m. (CT)

#2 East Mississippi (5-0) at Holmes (1-4) Thursday – 7:00 p.m. (CT)

#3 Jones County (5-0) at East Central (0-5) Thursday – 6:30 p.m. (CT)

#4 Itawamba (5-0) at #9 Copiah-Lincoln (4-1) Thursday – 7:00 p.m. (CT)

Hudson Valley (1-2) at #5 Nassau (5-0) Saturday – 7:00 p.m. (ET)

#8 Navarro (4-1) at #6 Tyler (5-0) Saturday – 7:00 p.m. (CT)

#7 Iowa Western (5-1) at Arkansas Baptist (3-3) Saturday – 1:00 p.m. (CT)

#10 Mississippi Gulf Coast (4-1) at Pearl River (3-2) Saturday – 7:00 p.m. (CT)

#11 Scottsdale (4-1) at New Mexico Military (5-1) Saturday – 12:00 p.m. (MT)

#12 Arizona Western (5-1) at Glendale (2-3) Saturday – 7:00 p.m. (PT)

Minnesota State (1-4) at #13 Rochester (5-0) Saturday – 2:00 p.m. (CT)

#15 Butler (4-1) at #16 Garden City (4-1) Saturday – 7:00 p.m. (CT)

#17 Louisburg (5-0) at Monroe (1-3) Sunday – 2:30 p.m. (CT)

#18 Minnesota West (4-1) at Central Lakes (4-1) Saturday – 1:30 p.m. (CT)

#19 Ridgewater (4-1) at Fond du Lac (1-4) Saturday – 3:00 p.m. (CT)

#20 ASA (2-1) at Dean (4-1) Saturday – 12:00 p.m. (ET)

Byes: #14 Dodge City


Complete NJCAA Football Week 7 Schedule (Oct. 3-5)

Thursday, Oct. 3rd

MCAC (All Times Central)
Mesabi Range (0-5) at Itasca (0-5) – 7:00 p.m.

MACJC (All Times Central)
#3 Jones County (5-0) at East Central (0-5) – 6:30 p.m.
#4 Itawamba (5-0) at #9 Copiah-Lincoln (4-1) – 7:00 p.m.
#2 East Mississippi (5-0) at Holmes (1-4) – 7:00 p.m.
#10 Mississippi Gulf Coast (4-1) at Pearl River (3-2) – 7:00 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 4th

NON-CONFERENCE (All Times Eastern)
*Non-Member School
Hudson Valley (1-2) at #5 Nassau (5-0) – 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 5th

NON-CONFERENCE (All Times Eastern)
*Non-Member School
Erie (1-3) at Lackawanna (2-3) – 1:00 p.m.
#1 Georgia Military (6-0) at Ellsworth (2-3) – 2:00 p.m.
#7 Iowa Western (5-1) at Arkansas Baptist (3-3) – 2:00 p.m.
Dakota-Bottineau (4-1) at North Dakota SCS (1-3) – 2:00 p.m.


KJCCC (All Times Central)
Coffeyville (3-2) at Highland (3-3) – 1:00 p.m.
Independence (1-5) at Fort Scott (0-6) – 1:00 p.m.
#15 Butler (4-1) at #16 Garden City (4-1) – 7:00 p.m.

MCAC (All Times Central)
Minnesota State (1-4) at #13 Rochester (5-0) – 2:00 p.m.
#18 Minnesota West (4-1) at Central Lakes (4-1) – 2:30 p.m.
Northland (3-2) at Vermilion (3-2) – 3:00 p.m.
#19 Ridgewater (4-1) at Fond du Lac (1-4) – 3:00 p.m.

MACJC (All Times Central)
Mississippi Delta (0-5) at Northwest Mississippi (1-4) – 2:00 p.m.
Coahoma (0-5) at Northeast Mississippi (2-3) – 3:00 p.m.
Hinds (3-2) at Southwest Mississippi (2-3) – 5:00 p.m.

NFC (All Times Eastern)
#17 Louisburg (5-0) at Monroe (1-3) – 12:00 p.m.
#20 ASA (2-1) at Dean (4-1) – 12:00 p.m.

SWJCFC (All Times Central)
Trinity Valley (3-2) at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (2-3) – 2:00 p.m.
*Southeast Prep at Cisco (0-4) – 3:00 p.m.
#8 Navarro (4-1) at #6 Tyler (5-0) – 7:00 p.m.
Blinn (2-3) at Kilgore (2-3) – 7:00 p.m.

WSFL (All Times Pacific)
#11 Scottsdale (4-1) at New Mexico Military (5-1) – 11:00 a.m.
#12 Arizona Western (5-1) at Glendale (2-3) – 7:00 p.m.
Phoenix (0-5) at Mesa (4-2) – 7:00 p.m.
Snow (1-5) at Eastern Arizona (2-3) – TBA





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