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Northeast is off to one of its best starts in school history and the Tigers were ranked as the twelfth-best team in the country when the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) released its Top 20 Football Poll on Tuesday, October 4.
Northeast (5-0, 3-0 in the North Division) was one of six Mississippi Association of Community/Junior Colleges (MACJC) teams receiving votes for the poll.
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (4-1) moved up two spots in the national poll while the Tigers made the jump from No. 15 to No. 12.
HindsCommunity College (4-1) came into the national rankings with 26 points at number seventeen leapfrogging Northwest Mississippi Community College whichfell from No. 10 to No. 18 after dropping a 34-28 decision to the Tigers onThursday, September 29.
Northeast’s next opponent – East Mississippi – is currently the third-best team in the country with 124 points and moved up one-spot in the national rankings after top-ranked Navarro College took a tumble to No. 7 after losing to Blinn College on Saturday, October 1.
With the high ranking, Northeast’s football team has garnered a variety of exposure.
Saturday’s Homecoming date with the Lions will be televised live on NJCAA TV at http://www.ihigh.com/njcaatv/
JucoWeekly.org has also made the Tigers match-up with the Lions its Game of the Week – marking the second time, JucoWeekly.org will telecast from Tiger Stadium in 2011.
JucoWeekly.org was also in Booneville for Northeast’s 21-0 win over Holmes during the fourth week of the season.
With the No. 12 ranking, Northeast ascertained its highest position in the national poll since the Tigers turned in a No. 11 ranking during the November 22, 2005 poll after Northeast opened the Hurricane Katrina-shortened season 7-0 and lost to Pearl River 27-20 in the first round of the MACJC playoffs.
During the 2005 season, Northeast was ranked as high as the number two team in the country – breaking into the runner-up spot in the November 2, 2005 poll at 6-0. The Tigers even received a pair of first place votes in that poll. Northeast held on to the number two ranking before dropping to number 10 in the November 15 poll following the Tigers loss to the Wildcats.
Northeast and East Mississippi are just two of nine remaining unbeaten football teams in the NJCAA. The others are No. 1 Blinn College, No. 2 Arizona Western, No. 4Snow College, No. 6 Grand Rapids Community College, No. 8 Trinity Valley Community College, No. 13 New Mexico Military Institute and No. 16 Rochester Community and Technical College.
Kickoff between unbeatens Northeast and East Mississippi is set for 3 p.m. at TigerStadium in Booneville.