PITTSBURG, Kan. – A September 28 matchup is beginning to look very interesting. Hutchinson (#1, 4-0) hosts Butler (#2, 4-0) that day. While Hutchinson is off this weekend, Butler faces Dodge City (0-3). Dodge City is winless, but this has been a season of upsets. A top five team and two additional top ten teams in last week’s poll lost this past weekend, in what’s become a regular theme this season.

Hutchinson easily beat Fort Scott (2-1), 27-7, getting Coach Rion Rhoades his 100th win overall. Butler won 33-13 over Coffeyville (0-4). Kilgore (#10, 3-1) is just the latest Top 5 ranked team to be upset. Kilgore was ranked 3rd last week, but lost 38-23 to then unranked Cisco College (now #17, 3-0). Snow (#16, 2-2) dropped from their 7th ranking after losing to Lackawanna (#6, 2-0). Another former Top 5 team, Garden City (#18, 2-2), who was 8th last week, had their second loss of the season – a 31-28 stunner at home against then unranked Independence (#20, 2-1).

Rounding out the this week’s top five are Northwest Mississippi (#3, 3-0), who won 33-3 over Mississippi Delta (0-3); Mississippi Gulf Coast (#4, 3-0), who won 41-7 over Holmes (0-3); and, East Mississippi (#5, 3-0), who won 48-3 over Itawamba (0-3). Mississippi Gulf Coast has outscored opponents 126 to 22, and has yet to allow double digit points. East Mississippi is steadily climbing back up the rankings after losing their season opener to Hinds (#19, 2-1).

Expect more shakeup in the Top 20 next week following several key matchups this weekend. Thursday, September 19: 7 p.m. Mississippi Gulf Coast (#4, 3-0) hosts Jones (#13, 2-1); and, 7 p.m. Northwest Mississippi (#3, 3-0) hosts Copiah-Lincoln (#8, 3-0). Saturday, September 21: 1 p.m. Iowa Western (#15, 1-2) hosts Garden City (#18, 2-2); 1 p.m. Snow College (#16, 2-2) hosts Iowa Central (#7, 3-1); 2 p.m. Lackawana (#6, 2-0) hosts ASA College – Miami (2-0, unranked but receiving votes); 7 p.m. Blinn (#12, 3-1) hosts Trinity Valley (#9, 3-0); and, 7 p.m. Fort Scott (2-1, unranked but receiving votes) hosts Independence (#20, 2-1).

In just four games, Blinn quarterback Brock Landis has 1,205 yards passing (301.3 per game) with 16 touchdowns passing, while teammate Danny Gray, a wide receiver, has 31 receptions for 566 yards and 6 touchdowns. Iowa Western running back ZaQuandre White is averaging 124 yards rushing per game. And, Hutchinson defensive linemen Latrell Bankston has seven sacks in just the past two weeks – three against Iowa Western, and then four this past week against Fort Scott.

For the complete poll from September 16, 2019, visit NJCAA.org/sports/fball/polls.

The NJCAA Football Championship game will be held Thursday, December 5 at 5 p.m. CST at Carnie Smith Stadium in Pittsburg, Kansas. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling (620) 235-4796, or visiting NJCAAFootballChampionship.com and clicking “Tickets”.

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No. 9 Lackawanna topped No. 7 Snow in Utah to extend the Falcons’ winning streak to 14 games, the longest current streak in the NJCAA.

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