EL DORADO—The Butler Grizzlies moved up to No. 2 in the most recent Top 20 rankings after beating Highland 33-7 on Saturday night.
It’s the first time since 2015, Butler has started the season out 3-0. 2015 was also the last time Butler started 8-0.
It's the first time Butler has been No. 2 or higher since the Sept 12 poll. Butler was No. 2 before losing to Iowa Western 49-7 in the ensuing game.
Butler’s rise back into the upper echelon of the NJCAA has been on the back of their explosive offense. Sporting a top 15 rushing and passing attack that appears to keep opponents guessing.
Butler’s 37.0 points per game is good enough for 10th nationally. Which, knowing it was against two top 10 opponents speaks volumes of how explosive thee offense has become this season.
Butler will take their offensive fireworks on the road on Saturday against rival Coffeyville.
The Red Ravens aren’t having an exceptional start to the season. They’re currently 0-3 on the year with each loss coming by an average of 20 points per game.
Rounding out of the Top 5 is No. 1 Hutchinson. The Blue Dragons topped then seventh-ranked Iowa Western 34-27 on Saturday. Hutchinson will retain the No. 1 spot for the second straight week after being named No. 1 for the first time ever last week. Hutch will get another tough battle as they travel to No. 17 Fort Scott (2-0) on Saturday night.
It’s the first time since the Oct. 19, 2010 poll that two KJCCC teams were atop the rankings. That also happened to be Butler and Hutchinson.
Expect Butler and Hutch to both be undefeated when Sept. 28 rolls around. It could be a No. 1 vs. No. 2 situation happening at Gowan Stadium. It would also be the first time Butler and Hutch were ranked No. 1 and No. 2.
Kilgore College drops to No. 3 in this week’s rankings. The Rangers survived an uncomfortable game with New Mexico Military Institute. Kilgore won 35-26 after an exchanging of scores late in the fourth quarter. Kilgore scored with 50 seconds remaining to put the contest on ice. Kilgore will host undefeated Cisco College on Saturday night.
Northwest Mississippi remains No. 4 for the second straight week. The Rangers won an unconvincing game over Southwest Mississippi on Thursday night, 29-10. Chris Calvert-Thomas ran for 169 yards and two touchdowns for Northwest Mississippi. They’ll have an relatively easy game on Thursday as they host Mississippi Delta.
Rounding out the Top 5 is Mississippi Gulf Coast. The Bulldogs hopped in-state foe, East Mississippi to get to into the top five. It is the highest rankings for Gulf Coast since Oct. 2014 when they were third. Gulf Coast gets winless Holmes at home on Thursday night.
Rounding out the top 10: East Mississippi, Snow, Garden City, Lackawanna, and Iowa Central.
Other KJCCC/ICCAC teams in the rankings
The Broncbusters jumped two spots to No. 8. Garden City did their part by destroying Ellsworth 61-0 on Saturday night. Ramon Jefferson and Ellis Merriweather both rushed for over 100 yards as Garden City returned to their traditional ground attack that pummeled Garden City gets Independence at home on Saturday. The Fort Scott Greyhounds moved up three spots to 17th without even playing a game. Fort Scott is off to their best start in a dog’s age has No. 1 Hutch in their sights. Fort Scott to a lot of people’s surprises, sports one of the best defenses in the nation through their first two games.
No other KJCCC teams received votes this week.
Iowa Central beat Coffeyville 45-19 on Saturday afternoon. After losing to Butler in Week 1, the Tritons are starting to get back on the right track. They knocked off Iowa Western last week and this week they took it to Aaron Flores and the Red Ravens. Iowa Central will travel to the College of DuPage on Saturday for a non-conference showdown. Expect the Tritons to be heavily favored in this one.
After the loss to Hutch on Saturday, Iowa Western gets a week off before hosting Garden City on Sept 21. The Tritons (1-2) dropped to 15th after back-to-back losses. It’s the first time since the 201 season the Rievers have dropped back-to-back games.
Northeastern Oklahoma A&M fell drastically in the rankings after Georgia Military handed down a 26-0 shutdown on Saturday. NEO fell to 20th. It’s unknown when the last time the Norseman were shut out.
Jones County (1-1) drops one spot to 18th after rebounding with a 23-7 win over Holmes. After being upset by Coahoma last week, the Bobcats fell drastically in the rankings, going from No. 4 to No. 17.
Monroe College moves up to No. 14 by blowing out No. 19 Nassau 52-27 on Saturday afternoon. Monroe led 44-0 at one point. Dominique Shoffner threw for 337 yards and four touchdowns. Clayton Scott ran for two more touchdowns and 105 yards for the Mustangs.
The Fighting Lions of Scooba dropped one spot from No. 5 to No. 6 despite winning. East Mississippi rebounded well from their week 1 loss to Hinds with a convincing 49-15 win over Pearl River on Thursday night. Winless Itawamba comes to Scooba on Thursday night.
Georgia Military, who began the season ranked in the preseason poll returns after their impressive win over NEO. GMC’s schedule doesn’t get any easier as they travel to Brooklyn to play an undefeated ASA Brooklyn squad who just thumped Hudson Valley 84-0 on Sunday.
Lackawanna, who owns the NJCAA’s longest winning streak dropped to No. 8 after playing a non-NJCAA team. Lackawanna won convincingly but they have tyet to play a real NJCAA opponent. That’ll change on Saturday as they head West to play No. 7 Snow College in a Top 10 showdown.
ASA Brooklyn, Nassau, Itasca, Mesabi Range, ASA Miami, Cisco, and DuPage all received votes this week.