COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College fell four spots in the final National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association football poll that was released Monday, Dec. 4.
After finishing No. 4 in the final regular season poll, the Golden Norsemen dropped to No. 8 following a 30-20 loss last Sunday to Independence, Kansas, in the Midwest Classic Bowl presented by Downstream Resort at Red Roberson Field.
The Golden Norse posted a 9-3 season record while the Pirates climbed from No. 7 to No. 5 with a 9-2 overall mark.
East Mississippi captured its fourth NJCAA national championship with a 31-28 win over Arizona Western in the Mississippi Bowl at Perkinson.
Despite being outgained 381 to 246 in total yards, the Lions finished 11-1 on the season.
Arizona Western finished No. 3 in the poll with a 9-1 record.
Iowa Western moved up one spot to No. 2 following a 36-19 victory over No. 7 rated Northwest Mississippi in the feature game of the Graphic Edge Bowl in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
The Reivers finished 11-1 on the year while Northwest Mississippi is 8-3 overall.
Home team Ellsworth, Iowa, (4-8) defeated No. 20 Northland, Minnesota, 55-14, in the first game of the Graphic Edge double-header in the UNI dome.
Northland fell out of the final poll despite a 9-3 season record.
Snow, Utah, moved into the No. 4 position in the poll after edging past No. 12 rated Blinn, Texas, 43-41, in the El Toro Bowl at Yuma, Arizona. Snow is 10-1 on the season while the Blinn Buccaneers have a 6-4 record.
Another Southwest Junior College Football Conference member, Trinity Valley, Texas, defeated Garden City, Kansas, 48-41, in the C.H.A.M.P.S Heart of Texas Bowl at Copperas Cove.
The Cardinals moved to No. 6 in the poll with a 9-3 record while the Broncbusters (8-4) slipped from No. 12 to No. 13.
Unranked College of DuPage, Illinois (7-3) shut out Mesabi Range, Minnesota (7-5), 35-0, in the Red Grange Bowl at Glen Ellyn, Illinois.
Eastern Arizona (8-4) moved to the No. 20 spot in the poll after defeating Hutchinson, Kansas (7-5), 48-34, in the annual Hutchinson Salt Bowl.
ASA of Brooklyn, New York, jumped from No. 16 to No. 14 after defeating Mesa, Arizona (6-5), in the Valley of the Sun Bowl.
Jones County, Mississippi, remained No. 9 in the nation after compiling an 8-2 mark on the season.
Itawamba, Mississippi (6-3), jumped one slot to No. 10 without appearing in a post-season bowl game.