BLUE DRAGONS JUMP 3 SPOTS TO NO. 3 IN NJCAA RANKINGS

Quarterback Mark Wright and the Blue Dragon Football team climbed three spots to No. 3 in the latest NJCAA Football Rankings. (Bre Rogers/Blue Dragon Sports Information)
Quarterback Mark Wright and the Blue Dragon Football team climbed three spots to No. 3 in the latest NJCAA Football Rankings. (Bre Rogers/Blue Dragon Sports Information)
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NJCAA FOOTBALL RANKINGS

  Record Points Last Poll
1. Mississippi Gulf Coast (14)
2. Lackawanna (2)
3. Hutchinson
4. Iowa Western
5. Northwest Mississippi
6. Kilgore
7. Butler
8. Hinds
9. Independence
10. Garden City
11. Jones
12. Georgia Military
13. Trinity Valley
14. Snow
15. ASA Brooklyn
16. East Mississippi
17. Navarro
18. Monroe College
19. Nassau
20. New Mexico Military
11-0
10-0
9-2
8-3
8-3
8-2
9-3
7-2
8-2
8-3
7-2
8-2
7-3
5-3
8-2
6-4
6-5
8-2
7-3
6-5
370.50
340.80
307.46
291.95
268.69
251.86
226.33
217.71
214.81
213.95
202.86
165.43
114.96
106.71
103.00
85.57
76.50
69.00
28.00
19.00
1
2
6
5
4
7
11
8
12
3
10
9
13
14
15
16
20
17
RV
18
Others Receiving Votes: Highland (6-4, 21.0); ASA Miami (7-3, 11.0); Central Lakes (6-5, 6.0); North Dakota SCS (8-2, 5.0); East Central (4-5, 4.1); DuPage (7-4, 3.0); Iowa Central (6-6, 2.0); Copiah-Lincoln (4-5, 1.6); Itasca (8-3, 1.0); Holmes (4-5, 0.7).

Hutchinson CC Sports Information

The rankings roller coaster the Hutchinson Community College football team has been on ended on an upswing on Monday.

Saturday's 56-0 victory at No. 19 Iowa Central helped the Blue Dragons jump three spots to No. 3 when the poll was released on Monday. Only undefeated Mississippi Gulf Coast and undefeated Lackawanna were ranked higher than the Blue Dragons.

Consider the following facts and figures about the Blue Dragons for the NJCAA Rankings:

+ Hutchinson's regular-season record was 9-2, losing two games by a grand total of three points to ranked teams on their home fields.

+ Hutchinson surged past Iowa Western this week. The Blue Dragons defeated Iowa Western 34-27 on September 7.

+ The Blue Dragons defeated both the Jayhawk Conference champion (Independence) and Iowa Conference champion (Iowa Central).

+ The Blue Dragons played and defeated the No. 2 team in the NJCAA rankings twice (Iowa Western and Butler).

+ The Blue Dragons spent five weeks at No. 1.

+ The Blue Dragons were 4-2 against ranked opponents, five of those games were played on the road.

The Jayhawk Conference has four teams in the Top 10. Along with Hutchinson, Butler is No. 7, Independence is No. 9 and Garden City is No. 10. Highland is receiving votes.

Now the Blue Dragons go after something that has happened only five times in program history, a 10-win season. The Dragons will play in the 12th annual Salt City Bowl on December 7 at Gowans Stadium. An opponent will be determined later this week.