Continuing to maintain a solid hold on the top spot in the weekly National Junior College Athletic Association/JC Football.com nation poll released Tuesday, Snow, Utah, has been in the driver's seat four straight weeks.
Snow remained No. 1 after an unruly 58-21 thumping of Pima (Ariz.) Community College Saturday. The win improves the Badgers' record to 8-0 overall and is their 11th-straight dating back to last season.
The Badgers pestered opponents on both sides of the ball this season. They currently have the NJCAA's leading defense, surrendering just 127 yards a game, and the nation's third-best offense, totaling 454 yards per contest. The Badgers have rolled over opponents, outscoring their foes 311-71 in their eight victories.
Snow picked up an additional vote this week for a total of 103 and also picked up an additional first place vote to take six of seven this week. The Badgers will travel to Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College next Saturday.
Kilgore College jumps up to No. 5 this week with a 7-1 record. They received 75 votes.
The Rangers torched Northeastern A&M 70-31 last Saturday to improved to 7-1 on the year. The win was their seventh straight since opening the season with a loss at No. 2 Butler (29-28) on Aug. 25.
The Rangers got big performances from running back Cornelius Shackleford and quarterback Logan Morris. Shackleford finished the game with 148 yards on 17 carries and two touchdowns, while Morris completed 10-of-15 for 165 yards and two TD passes.
Kilgore is now atop the standings in the Southwest Junior College Football Conference with a 5-0 mark in league play, including an impressive 40-39 win at defending national champion Blinn College on Sept. 22, which knocked Blinn from their No. 1 ranking.
The Rangers can win the SJCFC regular season title with a victory at No. 16 Cisco Junior College (Texas) Saturday.
Defending national champion Blinn (Texas) College captured the sixth spot in the polls along with 16th-ranked Cisco as members of the Southwest Junior College Football Conference.
Butler (Kan.) Community College remains No. 2 in the poll for the fourth-straight week. They received 98 votes this week, but no first place votes.
Butler (8-0) clinched their seventh-consecutive Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference regular season title when they defeated Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College last Saturday 34-26 in Hutchinson. The victory also guarantees the Grizzlies a home contest in the upcoming KJCCC/Region 6 Playoffs.
The Grizzlies close out their regular season Saturday with a home contest against Highland (Kan.) Community College.
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College also stays put at No. 3 with 92 total votes and one first place vote. Mississippi Gulf Coast (8-0) clinched their second South Division title of the Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges (MACJC) in three years with a 20-14 victory over previously 5th-ranked Jones County (Miss.) Junior College Saturday.
The victory gives the Bulldogs a No. 1 seed in the upcoming MACJC playoffs and home contest in the first round - a considerable advantage for the Bulldogs as they have not lost a home game in two years.
In arguably their biggest game of the season, MGCCC turned two Jones County turnovers in the first quarter into 10 points, which proved to be huge in the outcome of the game. Cornerback Andre Watson's interception at the Bobcats' 40-yard line set up a 42-yard field goal by Sean Brauchle. Then linebacker Chris White's 38-yard fumble return gave Mississippi Gulf Coast a 10-0 lead in the first quarter.
The two teams would trade touchdowns before the break and the Bulldogs took a 17-7 lead at the half. Jones then cut the score to 17-14 at the end of the third quarter, but another field goal by Brauchle increased MGCCC's lead to 20-14 in the fourth, which proved to be too much for the Bobcats to overcome.
MGCCC held on to their fourth-quarter lead by pounding the football on the ground for the game's final nine minutes. Running backs Demond Washington and Albert Williams combined for a 143 yards rushing in the contest.
The loss dropped Jones County to No. 8 in this week's poll.
Next up for the Bulldogs is a home date with Southwest Mississippi Community College Saturday, which is their final regular season contest.
Eastern Arizona College remains at No. 4 after receiving 85 total votes.