A collision course seems inevitable for Butler and Hutchinson. Both teams held their respective spots by winning this past weekend and that’s putting the spotlight on Sept. 28 in Hutchison. The Blue Dragons are off this week and Butler is hosting winless Dodge City. If the Grizzlies can get by the Conqs, it’ll set up a highly anticipated No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup between Butler and Hutch. It’ll be the first time No. 1 vs. No. 2 has met since last season with East Mississippi beat Northwest Mississippi 34-6.
Butler and Hutch have met 1-2 before. On Oct. 23, 2010. The then-No. 1 Butler beat Hutch 28-0. The Grizzlies have been in their share of regular season No. 1 vs. No. 2’s. In 2003, they beat Coffeyville 29-28 in a tightly contested game.
The Blue Dragons beat then-No. 17 Fort Scott 27-7 on Saturday night. It’s their third straight week at No. 1. They’re off this week as they get a full week to prepare for No. 2 Butler the following week.
The Grizzlies held off a feisty, yet winless Coffeyville team in a rivalry game 33-13. Brock Sturges ran for 225 yards and scored two first half touchdowns en route to the victory. Butler will host winless Dodge City on Saturday night at BG Products Veterans Sports Complex. Dodge City beat Butler 7-3 in the last time the two teams met in El Dorado. Last season it was an overtime win for Butler in Dodge City.
Since the fateful 1-vs.-2 meeting in October of 2010, the Grizzlies have rolled pretty easily over Hutchinson. They’ve won 10 of the last 12. Last season, though, Hutchinson found themselves the victor with the 27-13 win on Butler soil.
Rounding out the Top 5 is all MACJC teams. Northwest Mississippi, Mississippi Gulf Coast, and East Mississippi all move up one spot after Kilgore College lost on Saturday. All three Mississippi teams won at least 30 points each. That’ll change this week as Mississippi Gulf Coast will travel to No. 13 Jones, who was preseason No. 4 and are working their way back up the rankings. It'll be a Top 10 showdown for No. 3 NW Mississippi. They’ll host No. 8 Co-Lin. East Mississippi gets basically a bye as they play Mississippi Delta.
Lackawanna College moves up the rankings with their 17-6 win over then-No. 7 Snow College. Snow trailed 6-0 in the first quarter. Lackawanna scored the game's final 17 points. Lackawanna will host ASA Miami (2-0) on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Falcons have won 14 straight games dating back to 2017. Their last loss: Oct. 28, 2017.
Iowa Central and Co-Lin have been nothing but consistent all season. Since Iowa Central’s loss to Butler, the Tritons have won three games by a combined 34 points. They’ve proven their legitimate with their upset of Iowa Western. They’ll travel Ephraim, Utah and play No. 16 Snow College on Saturday.
For Snow, that game is key. If they lose, they’ll fall out of the rankings. At 2-2, their two losses are to the current No. 2 and No. 6 teams in the latest poll. They’ve beaten Air Force Prep and then-No. 3 Garden City.
Trinity Valley shoots up the rankings from No. 13 to No. 9 with their win over 27-8 win over then-20th ranked NEO A&M.
The biggest drop in the rankings goes to Kilgore College. The Rangers fell to Cisco 38-23 on Saturday, thrusting Cisco into the Top 20 and dropping Kilgore seven spots. White many thought Kilgore had an argument for the No. 1 spot, that was put to bed as Cisco dominated.
Monroe College didn’t play and moved up to No. 12. Iowa Western also didn’t play, but they stayed put. Georgia Military beat ASA Brooklyn 31-30 and jumped from 19 to 14.
Garden City’s season is weird, and it showed in their 31-28 loss to Independence. They’ve lost to Indy and then No. 6 Snow College, both games at home. In both losses, Garden City struggled to move the ball on the ground. They’ll have to rebound against a team that’s looking for redemption of their own: Iowa Western.
Cisco and Independence are the two new teams to the Top 20. Cisco’s win over Kilgore put them where they are. They’ve been on the move up since the beginning of the season. They’ll put that undefeated record on the line as they host Navarro. That 1-3 record can be misleading as all three losses for Navarro are against ranked opponents, with two of them on the road.
Independence is a bit of a surprise but really shouldn’t be. Their only loss was to Hutch, a 31-21 set back at Gowan. They had a few chances in the fourth quarter to get within a single score but couldn't do it. That's a credit to the Hutch defense. The Pirates redemption tour from last season's debacle of a year now turns their attention to Fort Scott. While Indy moved into the rankings at No. 20 it was Fort Scott who they replaced. They Greyhounds fell from No. 17 to out of the rankings with their loss to Hutch.
All-in-all, 13 different teams moved within the rankings, whether it’s falling or moving up.