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Minor movement in the Dirty 30

The latest weekend of junior college football brought some exciting finishes, with a trio of programs being knocked out of the top-10. The Mississippi ranks now have three teams ranked in the top-10.

East Mississippi finally laced them up with a full squad and dismantled Gulf Coast 45-7 to remain on top. The Lions trailed 7-0 before ripping off 45 straight points, holding a 514-176 advantage in total yards against a MGCCC program with a ton of talent. East Mississippi now gets a home date with No. 55 Northeast, who improved to 2-0 on Thursday.

Right behind EMCC at No. 2 is in-state rival Northwest, who improved to 2-0 with a 31-14 win against Pearl River. Northwest has a huge challenge at home this Thursday when they host No. 14 Itawamba, a program that is quickly rising up the ranks.

The big game out west was a thriller as Saddleback came storming back from a 20-point deficit to beat Long Beach City, 37-33. The Gauchos moved up three spots to No. 4 in the rankings with the win while Long Beach dropped 11 spots to No. 15. Saddleback will host Los Angeles Harbor this weekend while Long Beach looks to rebound at Moorpark.

Saddleback stunned Long Beach City with a big second half (Cliff Robbins)

Hutchinson and Snow swapped spots in the rankings, but it had less to do with Hutch than it did Snow. The Blue Dragons had the weekend off while Snow had an uninspiring 14-10 win over Glendale. Hutchinson now comes in at No. 5 in the rankings and has a big home date with No. 31 Garden City. Snow is now at No. 7 and hosts No. 51 Mesa.

American River jumped up to No. 6 in the rankings with a 47-33 win over a tough Modesto squad. The Beavers have one of the more rugged schedules in Northern California this season, and it gets even tougher this week when they host No. 25 San Francisco. American River has beaten San Francisco three straight times, giving the defending national champions their only loss in 2015.

Arizona Western is the second Western States team near the top as they come in at No. 8 this week. The Matadors were comfortable 20-0 winners over Pima, who is an improving program. AWC now travels to Eastern Arizona this week in what looks like a defensive struggle in Thatcher.

A third Mississippi program also jumped into the top-10 as Copiah-Lincoln comes in at No. 10 in the rankings. The Wolfpack improved to 2-0 with a 26-6 win over Coahoma. Co-Lin has a difficult challenge this week when they travel to No. 30 Gulf Coast on Thursday, who is angry after losing two straight games to programs ranked in the top-15.

BIG GAMES THIS WEEK

#55 Northeast Mississippi at #1 East Mississippi (Th)
#14 Itawamba at #2 Northwest Mississippi (Th)
#31 Garden City at #5 Hutchinson
#25 San Francisco at #6 American River
#51 Mesa at #7 Snow
#54 Bakersfield at #9 Riverside City
#10 Copiah-Lincoln at #30 Mississippi Gulf Coast (Th)
#13 Butler at #21 Iowa Western
#28 Northeastern Oklahoma A&M at #17 Tyler
#20 Fresno City at #44 San Mateo
#42 Blinn at #29 Trinity Valley
#39 Canyons at #33 Fullerton
#35 Glendale at #45 Phoenix
#53 Sacramento City at #37 Modesto

The rest of the Dirty 30 Rankings follow. Just a reminder, the JCGridiron.com Dirty 30 Rankings do not recognize games against Club Teams or Prep Schools.

Dirty 30 Rankings (9/12/16)
Rank Team Town Record This Week

1

East Mississippi

Scooba, MS

1-1

vs. #55 Northeast (Th)

2

Northwest Mississippi

Senatobia, MS

2-0

vs. #14 Itawamba (Th)

3

Lackawanna

Scranton, PA

0-0

vs. Hudson Valley

4

Saddleback

Mission Viejo, CA

2-0

vs. LA Harbor

5

Hutchinson

Hutchinson, KS

2-0

vs. #31 Garden City

6

American River

Sacramento, CA

2-0

vs. #25 San Francisco

7

Snow

Ephraim, UT

1-0

vs. #51 Mesa

8

Arizona Western

Yuma, AZ

2-0

@ Eastern Arizona

9

Riverside City

Riverside, CA

2-0

vs. #54 Bakersfield

10

Copiah-Lincoln

Wesson, MS

2-0

@ #30 Gulf Coast

11

Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa, CA

2-0

vs. San Joaquin Delta

12

Ventura

Ventura, CA

2-0

@ Orange Coast

13

Butler

El Dorado, KS

2-0

@ #21 Iowa Western

14

Itawamba

Fulton, MS

2-0

@ #2 Northwest (Th)

15

Long Beach City

Long Beach, CA

1-1

@ Moorpark

16

DuPage

Glen Ellyn, IL

1-0

Bye

17

Tyler

Tyler, TX

0-0

vs. #28 NE Oklahoma A&M

18

Golden west

Huntington Beach, CA

1-1

@ Chaffey

19

Butte

Oroville, CA

1-1

@ Chabot

20

Fresno City

Fresno, CA

1-1

@ #44 San Mateo

21

Iowa Western

Council Bluffs, IA

1-2

vs. #13 Butler

22

Holmes

Goodman, MS

2-0

vs. Mississippi Delta

23

Mt. San Antonio

Walnut, CA

1-1

vs. Santa Monica

24

Laney

Oakland, CA

1-1

vs. Feather River (Fr)

25

San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

1-1

@ #6 American River

26

Diablo Valley

Pleasant Hill, CA

1-1

vs. Sequoias (Fr)

27

New Mexico Military

Roswell, NM

2-0

vs. Arkansas Baptist

28

NE Oklahoma A&M

Miami, OK

1-1

@ #17 Tyler

29

Trinity Valley

Athens, TX

2-1

vs. #42 Blinn

30

Mississippi Gulf Coast

Perkinston, MS

0-2

vs. #10 Copiah-Lincoln (Th)

Others on the Bubble: Garden City (KS) 3-0, Navarro (TX) 2-1, Fullerton (CA) 2-0, Coffeyville (KS) 1-2, Glendale (AZ) 2-1, Georgia Military 0-1, Modesto (CA) 1-1, Highland (KS) 1-1, Canyons (CA) 2-0, Dodge City (KS) 1-1, El Camino (CA) 2-0, Blinn (TX) 1-1, Hinds (MS) 0-2, San Mateo (CA) 1-1, Phoenix (AZ) 2-1, Jones County (MS) 2-0, Fort Scott (KS) 1-2, Pima (AZ) 0-1, Siskiyous (CA) 1-1, Shasta (CA) 2-0, Mesa (AZ) 1-1, Central Lakes (MN) 3-0, Sacramento City (CA) 2-0, Bakersfield (CA) 2-0, Northeast Mississippi 2-0