Regular season match-up could be prelude to national championship

PITTSBURG, Kan. – The NJCAA national championship in Pittsburg is still ten weeks away, but #1 and #2 face off this week in regular season play. And, while several top five teams have lost this season, the top five remains the same with all of those teams winning this past weekend.

Hutchinson (#1, 4-0) hosts Butler (#2, 5-0) at 12 p.m. on Saturday, September 28. Hutchinson is coming off a bye week, while Butler is coming off a 31-10 win over Dodge City (0-4). Hutchinson’s Blue Dragons are calling for a “Red Storm” to “#BreatheFire”, asking fans to wear red to the game and fill Gowans Stadium. Butler is averaging 215 yards rushing, 204 yards passing, and 35 points on offense, while Hutchinson is just behind them with 208 yards rushing, 198 yards passing, and 33 points per game.

Northwest Mississippi (#3, 4-0) is at Holmes (1-3) on Thursday, September 26 at 6:30 p.m. Northwest Mississippi is coming off a 19-15 win over #10 Copiah-Lincoln (3-1). It took a defensive stand late in the fourth quarter to escape with the victory, which included back-to-back sacks by Robert Hentz II and Justin Jackson. Holmes College is coming off their only win of the season, a 14-6 victory over Northeast Mississippi (2-2).

Mississippi Gulf Coast (#4, 4-0) is at Copiah-Lincoln (#10, 3-1) on Thursday, September 26 at 6:30 p.m. Mississippi Gulf Coast is coming off a 20-14 win over Jones College (#17, 2-2).

East Mississippi (#5, 3-1) hosts East Central (3-1, unranked but receiving votes) on Thursday, September 26 at 7 p.m. East Mississippi is coming off a 41-23 win over Mississippi Delta (0-4). East Central is coming off a 35-0 win over Pearl River (1-3). This is a big game for both schools. East Mississippi has won every game since losing in week one to Hinds (#16, 3-1). East Central’s only loss of the season so far is to Northwest Mississippi, who faces East Mississippi next week, on November 3.

Other ranked teams facing other ranked opponents: Trinity Valley (#13, 3-1) hosts Cisco College (3-1, unranked but receiving votes) on Saturday, September 28 at 8 p.m. Trinity Valley is coming off a loss to Blinn College (#8, 4-1); while Cisco is coming off a 51-37 loss to Navarro College (2-3, unranked but receiving votes). Garden City (#14, 3-2) hosts Fort Scott (#18, 3-1) on Saturday, September 28 at 3 p.m. Garden City is coming off a win over early season favorite, Iowa Western (now 1-3, unranked but receiving votes); while Fort Scott is coming off a win over Independence Community College (2-2, unranked but receiving votes.

For the complete poll from September 23, 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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