Hornets make another statement

Brad Hoiseth, Publisher
JC Gridiron

With half of the 2017 season in the books, a handful of teams have risen to the top and appear on their way to a shot as a national title. One of those programs is 2016 co-champion Fullerton, who made yet another statement this past weekend.

Fullerton made a mess of Moorpark College this Saturday as the Hornets beat the Raiders, 57-0. Fullerton outgained Moorpark, 563-213, despite having the ball for just 25 minutes. The Hornets are averaging 54 points-per-game through five weeks while giving up just 17.6. Up next is a bye followed by Grossmont College, who hobbles in at 2-3 for the year. They remain at No. 1 in the rankings.

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No. 2 East Mississippi is a team that can boast a similar resume. The Lions took apart Delta, 45-7, rolling up 630 yards of offense. Similar to Fullerton, EMCC is averaging 49.6 while giving up only 15.0. The Lions have the difficult part of their schedule upcoming, starting with No. 34 Holmes on Thursday and following with No. 26 Northwest next week.

We have a new leader in the Southwest Junior College Football Conference after Tyler beat Blinn in a tight battle, 34-22. The Apaches were down 15-0 midway through the third quarter before rallying the offense and stunning the Buccaneers. Tyler moved up all the way to No. 6 in the rankings and now stands at 4-0 for the year. The win was the start of a tough stretch of games, which will continue this weekend against No. 39 Navarro.

The Northern California ranks are a mess. Just three weeks ago we were talking about San Francisco potentially starting the season 0-3, but the Rams have rallied by beating No. 19 American River, Chabot and No. 33 Butte in moving up to No. 23. The only undefeated upper-tier team in the north is No. 40 Sacramento City, but the Panthers haven’t played the schedule of any of the Northern California teams ranked above them. This weekend they get a bye before taking on No. 47 Sierra College on the road, which should test their mettle. San Mateo dropped from the unbeaten ranks this past weekend when they were nipped by American River on a blocked extra point. Laney is now the highest ranked team in Northern California at No. 16. Most of the state of California is off this week for a bye.

The rest of the Dirty 30 Rankings follow.

Just a reminder, the Dirty 30 Rankings do not include games against prep schools or non-affiliated programs in the team records.

JCGridiron Dirty 30 Rankings (10/2/17)

Rank

Team

Town

Record

Next

1

Fullerton

Fullerton, CA

5-0

bye

2

East Mississippi

Scooba, MS

5-0

vs. #34 Holmes (Th)

3

Arizona Western

Yuma, AZ

3-0

@ #13 Snow

4

Riverside City

Riverside, CA

5-0

bye

5

Iowa Western

Council Bluffs, IA

4-1

vs. #43 Dodge City

6

Tyler

Tyler, TX

4-0

vs. #39 Navarro

7

Independence

Independence, KS

4-1

vs. #41 Ellsworth

8

Hinds

Raymond, MS

4-0

@ #36 Co-Lin (Th)

9

Hutchinson

Hutchinson, KS

4-1

bye

10

Blinn

Brenham, TX

4-1

@ Arkansas Baptist

11

Trinity Valley

Athens, TX

5-1

bye

12

Lackawanna

Scranton, PA

3-0

vs. #38 ASA-NY

13

Snow

Ephraim, UT

3-0

vs. #3 Arizona Western

14

Mt. San Antonio

Walnut, CA

4-1

bye

15

Garden City

Garden City, KS

3-2

vs. Coffeyville

16

Laney

Oakland, CA

4-1

bye

17

Jones County

Ellisville, MS

4-1

vs. East Central (Th)

18

Ventura

Ventura, CA

3-2

bye

19

American River

Sacramento, CA

4-1

bye

20

Saddleback

Mission Viejo, CA

4-1

bye

21

San Mateo

San Mateo, CA

4-1

bye

22

Georgia Military

Milledgeville, GA

3-1

@ Hocking (Su)

23

Canyons

Santa Clarita, CA

4-1

bye

24

Long Beach City

Long Beach, CA

3-2

bye

25

Highland

Highland, KS

2-2

vs. #29 Butler

26

Northwest MS

Senatobia, MS

3-1

vs. Coahoma (Th)

27

Bakersfield

Bakersfield, CA

4-1

bye

28

Gulf Coast

Perkinston, MS

3-2

vs. Delta (Th)

29

Butler

El Dorado, KS

3-2

@ #25 Highland

30

Scottsdale

Scottsdale, AZ

5-0

@ Glendale

Others on the Bubble: Northeastern Oklahoma A&M 3-2, El Camino (CA) 3-2, Butte (CA) 3-2, Holmes (MS) 4-1, Siskiyous (CA) 4-1, Copiah-Lincoln (MS) 3-2, Mesa (AZ) 3-2, ASA-NY 1-1, Navarro (TX) 2-3, Sacramento City (CA) 5-0, Ellsworth (IA) 3-2, Itawamba (MS) 2-3, Dodge City (KS) 2-3, Fresno City (CA) 3-2, Pearl River (MS) 2-3, Kilgore (TX) 2-3, Sierra (CA) 3-2, Los Medanos (CA) 4-0, Victor Valley (CA) 4-1, Foothill (CA) 5-0

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