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Blue Dragons Remain No. 1 in National Rankings

By Hutchinson CC Sports Information

NJCAA DIVISION I FOOTBALL RANKINGS

HUTCHINSON, Kan. – The Hutchinson Community College football team remains No. 1 in the latest NJCAA Division I national rankings, which were released Monday. It’s the fifth week in a row the Blue Dragons are ranked at the top of the poll.

The Blue Dragons solidified a third straight Jayhawk conference championship by defeating Independence 53-0 Saturday, setting up a regular-season finale road test in Council Bluffs, Iowa this Saturday against Iowa Western, who lost to Coffeyville 23-7 last week, earned its first loss of the season and dropped to No. 4 in this week’s rankings.

Hutchinson travels to Iowa Western for a 1 p.m. kickoff Saturday in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Iowa Western’s loss allowed Northwest Mississippi to climb to No. 2 and Trinity Valley to No. 3. Northwest Mississippi is in the Mississippi Association of Community Colleges Conference playoff title game against now No. 12 East Mississippi. Trinity Valley won the Southwest Junior College Football Conference regular season title and is the one seed in the conference playoffs. The Cardinals will play Kilgore, who is now No. 15, this Saturday in the conference semis.

Snow College, the 2021 national runner-up, remained on the outside looking in at No. 5 with Coffeyville making the jump from No. 8 to No. 6.

Butler came in at No. 13 and Garden City received votes.

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