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Upsets provide shakeup in Dirty 30

Every season has a week or two where the teams in the top-30 get a bit of a wakeup call. This was the week, as six of the top 12 teams in the rankings suffered defeats.

The biggest came in Kansas where previously top-ranked Hutchinson was on the wrong end of a 29-27 score against Highland. The Blue Dragons only led for a brief time in the third quarter as Joseph Cambridge led Highland with a solid performance under center. The Jayhawk now has six teams within a game of first place, making for an exciting finish over the next four weeks. One of those programs is Independence, who blasted previous top-5 Butler 49-20. First year coach Kiyoshi Harris has his Pirates on the move as they jumped up to No. 18 in the Dirty 30 Rankings with the win.

Another game that had an impact was in Mississippi where Northwest raced past East Mississippi, 56-36. The Rangers snapped a 36-game home win streak for the Lions in the process and now sit in a three-way tie the North Division lead. Mississippi Gulf Coast is the last remaining undefeated team in the Mississippi ranks after storming past Southwest 55-24. The Bulldogs moved up to No. 3 in the Dirty 30 Rankings and have a big date on the road this Thursday at No. 31 East Central.

Gulf Coast moved up to No. 3 and look in control in the Mississippi ranks
Gulf Coast moved up to No. 3 and look in control in the Mississippi ranks

The Southwest Junior College Football Conference has a new leader after Kilgore won a cliffhanger over Trinity Valley, 24-23. Kilgore moved up to No. 10 after the win and has games with Blinn and Tyler to close out the regular season.

The Northeast Conference could be decided this weekend when Lackawanna travels to Monroe. Lackawanna comes in at No. 6 in the rankings after a hard-fought win against No. 44 ASA-Brooklyn. The Falcons could have a shot at the NJCAA title game should they be able to run the table the rest of the way, which could make things interesting.

Mesabi Range all but clinched the Eastern Division of the Minnesota ranks with a 20-6 win against Vermilion. The Norsemen are the only ranked team from the Minnesota Conference, coming in at No. 49. Mesabi Range plays North Dakota State College of Science on the final week of the regular season in two weeks in what could be a preview of the MCAC championship.

Riverside City took back the reigns as the top-ranked team this week when they dismantled a previously undefeated San Diego Mesa team, 61-26. The Tigers appear headed on a collision course with No. 4 Saddleback, who they meet on the final night of the regular season.

San Mateo took control of the Northern California ranks after blasting previous top-10 Modesto, 35-12. The Bulldogs moved up to No. 2 in the rankings as a result and now get a bye before heading into National Bay-6 play. All of the upper-tier programs out west have this week off for a bye.

BIG GAMES THIS WEEK:

#3 Gulf Coast at #31 East Central (TH)
#5 Lackawanna at #43 Monroe
#15 Hinds vs. #34 Copiah-Lincoln (TH)
#16 Snow at #27 ASA-Miami
#18 Independence vs. #41 Iowa Western

The rest of the JCGridiron.com Dirty 30 Rankings follow. Just a reminder, JCGridiron.com does not include games against prep schools, club teams, or non-affiliated programs in the records.

JCGridiron Dirty 30 Rankings (10/7/19)
Rank Team City Record Next

1

Riverside City

Riverside, CA

5-0

bye

2

San Mateo

San Mateo, CA

5-0

bye

3

Gulf Coast

Perkinston, MS

6-0

@ #31 East Central (TH)

4

Saddleback

Mission Viejo, CA

5-0

bye

5

Lackawanna

Scranton, PA

4-0

@ #43 Monroe

6

San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

4-1

bye

7

Northwest

Senatobia, MS

5-1

vs Coahoma (TH)

8

Ventura

Ventura, CA

4-1

bye

9

Hutchinson

Hutchinson, KS

5-1

vs Coffeyville

10

Kilgore

Kilgore, TX

5-1

bye

11

Canyons

Santa Clarita, CA

4-1

bye

12

Jones

Ellisville, MS

4-2

@ Northeast (TH)

13

Modesto

Modesto, CA

4-1

bye

14

Trinity Valley

Athens, TX

4-2

vs RPA College

15

Hinds

Raymond, MS

5-1

vs #34 Co-Lin (TH)

16

Snow

Ephraim, UT

2-2

@ #27 ASA-Miami

17

East Mississippi

Scooba, MS

4-2

@ Holmes (TH)

18

Independence

Independence, KS

3-2

vs #41 Iowa Western

19

Garden City

Garden City, KS

5-2

bye

20

Fort Scott

Fort Scott, KS

3-2

vs Ellsworth

21

Highland

Highland, KS

4-2

bye

22

Butler

El Dorado, KS

5-2

vs Air Force Prep

23

Butte

Oroville, KS

3-2

bye

24

American River

Sacramento, CA

3-2

bye

25

Chaffey

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

5-0

vs Glendale

26

Long Beach City

Long Beach, CA

3-2 *

bye

27

ASA-Miami

Miami, FL

2-1 *

vs #16 Snow

28

El Camino

Torrance, CA

4-1

bye

29

Georgia Military

Milledgeville, GA

5-2

bye

30

NE Oklahoma A&M

Miami, OK

3-3

@ Tyler

Others on the Bubble: East Central (MS) 4-2, Mt. San Antonio (CA) 3-2, Fresno City (CA) 3-2, Copiah-Lincoln (MS) 3-3, San Diego Mesa (CA) 4-1, Blinn (TX) 2-2, Southwestern (CA) 4-1, Iowa Central 3-4, Shasta (CA) 5-0, Cisco (TX) 2-2, Iowa Western 3-3, Cerritos (CA) 3-2, Monroe (NY) 1-0, ASA-Brooklyn (NY) 1-2, Foothill (CA) 5-0, Fullerton (CA) 2-3, Nassau (NY) 1-1, Citrus (CA) 5-0, Mesabi Range (MN) 6-0, San Bernardino Valley (CA) 4-1

* = had forfeit win