For the second consecutive week, Butler football remained ranked 19th in the NJCAA Top 20 National poll.
Butler (6-3 overall, 4-2 KJCCC) defeated Garden City 56-6 on Saturday and received 20.5 votes this week - an increase of 5.5 votes from the previous week. The Grizzlies are one of two three-loss teams in the poll.
There was a change at the top of the poll, as Iowa Western knocked East Mississippi out of the top spot with a 58-34 win over No. 4 Hutchinson. Despite receiving just three of the nine first-place votes, Iowa Western moved into the No. 1 spot with 205 votes - just five more votes than East Mississippi, who received five first-place votes. Trinity Valley, Texas, remained ranked third, while Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mississippi Gulf Coast moved up to fourth and fifth, respectively.
For the sixth straight week, three KJCCC teams - Hutchinson, Butler and Coffeyville - were ranked this week's poll. Hutchinson moved down three spots to seventh after losing to Iowa Western, while Coffeyville moved up one spot to No. 14 with a 49-24 home win against Highland.
Butler will travel to Highland this Saturday for a 1 p.m. contest. The Scotties (5-4 overall, 2-3 conference) have lost two straight games to ranked competition on the road (58-35 at Hutchinson on Oct. 18, 49-24 at Coffeyville last Saturday). Prior to the two losses, Highland had won four in a row.
|2014 NJCAA TOP 20 FOOTBALL POLL|
|Oct. 28, 2014|
|1.||Iowa Western (3)||9-0||205||2|
|2.||East Mississippi (5)||9-0||200||1|
|3.||Trinity Valley, TX (1)||9-0||185.5||3|
|5.||Mississippi Gulf Coast||8-1||160||7|
|8.||Central Lakes-Brainerd, MN||9-0||139.5||7|
|17.||Hudson Valley, NY||8-0||51.5||17|
Other schools receiving votes: Rochester, MN (6-3, 7).
Dropped from rankings: None