Butler still on top with four more gone
The Butler Grizzlies remain on top in the race for the 11th annual JCGridiron.com Dirty 30 national title after a narrow, 42-39, win over Coffeyville last weekend. Four more fell from the top-10 as five of the top-10 teams lost this past weekend.
Butler beat a very good Coffeyville team, who managed to move up a spot to #5 despite the loss. The Grizzlies outgained the Red Ravens 595-546, rushing for 300 yards and controlling the clock. The win gave Butler a game lead in the Jayhawk with a handful of games remaining.
Long Beach City continues to find ways to win and in recent weeks has found some offense. The Vikings were winning with defense earlier in the year but scored 52 this past weekend in moving up to #2 in the rankings. Long Beach rolled up 532 yards against a gritty Chaffey program and now has a bye before a massive trip to Riverside next weekend.
East Mississippi is back and feeling better about themselves at #3. The Lions secured the north division title this past weekend by hammering previous unbeaten Northwest, 49-16. EMCC has a leisure game against Delta on Thursday before the Mississippi playoffs start the following weekend.
City College of San Francisco is starting to look like the top team in the Northern California ranks and decimated Foothill College in the conference opener, 61-7. At #4 in the rankings, the Rams now travel to #19 Santa Rosa to face a Bear Cubs program that just upset previous top-5 San Mateo, 17-14.
Another to watch is #9 Golden West, who remains the second unbeaten team from the upper tier of the Southern California ranks next to Long Beach. The Rustlers should get another win this weekend when they play Santa Ana, and the only thing keeping them down is a soft schedule that will get harder down the stretch.
The biggest stunner of the week was in the WSFL where Eastern Arizona shocked previous #2 Snow. The Gila Monsters are tied with #56 Pima for second place and have no shot at the WSFL regular season title but moved up to #14 with the win. A crazy scenario now comes to a head when Pima faces Snow, who dropped to #17 with the loss. If Pima wins, they will win the conference title as a result of beating both EAC and Snow.
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BIG GAMES THIS WEEK
#4 San Francisco at #19 Santa Rosa
#5 Coffeyville at #47 Highland
#44 Northeastern Oklahoma A&M at #8 Trinity Valley
#10 Riverside at #34 Mt. San Antonio
#14 Eastern Arizona at #40 New Mexico Military
#56 Pima at #17 Snow
#35 Itawamba at #23 Gulf Coast
#25 Saddleback at #35 Orange Coast
#57 Blinn at #28 Navarro
#29 Butte at #45 Sierra
#33 Canyons at #31 Allan Hancock
#51 Fresno City at #50 Chabot