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33 HUTCHINSON COLLEGE BLUE DRAGONS SIGN WITH 4-YEAR FOOTBALL PROGRAMS

BlUE DRAGONSBIGGGGGGGGGAs everyone knows, one of the main points of playing a sport at a 2-year college is to get prepped to sign with a 4 year college. Maybe your grades or certain mechanics of the game could use some adjusting, but after your 2 year stay it is huge to get signed by a 4-year college team.

Just this year THIRTY-THREE Hutchinson College Blue Dragons signed with 4 year schools. Here are more details and player breakdown: 

Between the early signing period in December and Wednesday’s traditional National Letter of Intent Day, 33 Hutchinson Community College football players signed letters of intent to move onto four-year programs.

Blue Dragon head coach Rion Rhoades released the list of Blue Dragons moving on Wednesday.

Of the 33 players, 16 have signed on at Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) programs. Four more signed on with Football Championship subdivision programs, seven more with NCAA Division II programs and six more with NAIA programs.

The group of 33 is the largest groups Rhoades has had sign in any single season. Continue reading

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PURPLE RAIDERS WIN BALLADEER’S BOWL VIII

Mount Union Purple RaidersBalladeer’s Bowl always pits the NAIA football champs against the NCAA D3 football champs. The results are in, and for only THE SECOND TIME the Champions of NCAA D3 – this year the UNIVERSITY OF MOUNT UNION PURPLE RAIDERS – defeated the Champions of the NAIA – this year the UNIVERSITY OF SAINT FRANCIS (IN) COUGARS. 

The voting ended today and the Purple Raiders won, 228 votes to 192. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE PURPLE RAIDERS, THE WINNERS OF BALLADEER’S BOWL EIGHT! That’s two years in a row that the St Francis Cougars have let down the NAIA!  

Here are the results of the seven previous Balladeer’s Bowl matchups: Continue reading

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BALLADEER’S BOWL VIII: PURPLE RAIDERS VS COUGARS

Balladeer’s Bowl always pits the National Champions of the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) against the National Champions of the NCAA Division Three.

Mount Union Purple RaidersThe UNIVERSITY OF MOUNT UNION PURPLE RAIDERS are the NCAA Division Three champs for 2017.

The UNIVERSITY OF SAINT FRANCIS (IN) COUGARS are the champs of the NAIA.

St Francis (IN)Readers of Balladeer’s Blog get to vote on the winner over the next week, so NAIA and D3 boosters can begin their annual deluge of emails to me arguing for their choice.Email voting is the ONLY official way to let your decision be known, a procedure I implemented years ago to cut down on repeat voting by the same people. Continue reading

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS FOR 2017

Here’s one last round of congratulations to this year’s college football champions in the SEVEN divisions covered here at Balladeer’s Blog.

St Francis (IN)NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics)

National Champions – UNIVERSITY OF SAINT FRANCIS COUGARS  

Runners-Up – Reinhardt University Eagles

2016 Champions – University of Saint Francis Cougars

Campbellsville UniversityNCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association)

My National Champions – CAMPBELLSVILLE UNIVERSITY TIGERS

Runners-Up – Southwestern Assemblies of God University Lions

2016 Champions – Warner University Royals Continue reading

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN THE NAIA PLUS DIVISION TWO AND THREE

Another season of college football at Balladeer’s Blog came to an end yesterday as the final three divisions covered here played their National Championship Games.

*** NAIA ***

St Francis (IN)BACK TO BACK TITLES FOR USF – The UNIVERSITY OF SAINT FRANCIS (IN) COUGARS – the Defending Champions of NAIA football – did battle with the REINHARDT UNIVERSITY EAGLES (Should be the Rottweilers) in Daytona Beach. The Cougars notched their second straight football crown, leading the Eagles 17-0 in the 1st Quarter and 24-7 by Halftime. Reinhardt University shut out USF in the 2nd Half but could only muster 6 more points for themselves – and those in the 3rd Quarter – as the Cougars took the title by a final score of 24-13. * THE COUGARS ARE NAIA CHAMPIONS Continue reading

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF RESULTS

*** NAIA ***

St Francis (IN)The NAIA Championship Game will be played on Reinhardt U Eagles helmetDecember 16th, pitting the Defending Champs – the UNIVERSITY OF SAINT FRANCIS (IN) COUGARS against the REINHARDT UNIVERSITY EAGLES (Should be the Rottweilers).

*** CCCAA ***

Fullerton College HornetsCHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The Defending Champion FULLERTON COLLEGE HORNETS clashed with the COLLEGE OF SAN MATEO BULLDOGS for the CCCAA title. The Hornets led 7-2 in the 1st Quarter but the Bulldogs cut that to a 7-5 edge by Halftime. A 9-5 3rd Quarter Fullerton College advantage in this defensive epic became a 12-9 lead for the College of San Mateo in the 4th. The Hornets mustered that one final Touchdown to come back for a 16-12 victory. * THE HORNETS ARE CHAMPIONS OF THE CCCAA

*** DIVISION TWO ***

West Florida Argonauts helmetFIRST SEMIFINAL – The 6th seeded UNIVERSITY OF WEST FLORIDA ARGONAUTS – in their very first post-season appearance for their two year old football program – have made history AGAIN! The Argonauts traveled to face the overall 1 seeds – the INDIANA UNIVERSITY IN PENNSYLVANIA CRIMSON HAWKS. West Florida actually shut out the Crimson Hawks in the 1st Half, leading them 17-0 at the break. From there IUP rallied but fell short as the Argonauts won the game 27-17.   Continue reading

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NJCAA COLLEGE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP PLUS BOWL RESULTS

East Mississippi College Lions helmet profileMISSISSIPPI BOWL – This was the National Championship game in the NJCAA. The top ranked EAST MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE LIONS did battle with the number 2 team in the nation – the ARIZONA WESTERN COLLEGE MATADORS. At Halftime the Lions were on top of the Matadors 14-7 and by the end of the 3rd Quarter the score stood at 28-21 in favor of the Lions. From there East Mississippi College held on for a 31-28 win and their 4th title in the last 7 years. * THE LIONS ARE NJCAA CHAMPIONS *

Independence Pirates helmetMIDWEST BOWL CLASSIC – The (7) INDEPENDENCE COLLEGE PIRATES squared off against the (4) NORTHEASTERN OKLAHOMA A&M GOLDEN NORSEMEN in this debut edition of the Midwest Bowl Classic. The Pirates grabbed a 7-0 lead in the 1st Quarter but the Golden Norsemen cut that to a 17-14 edge by the break. From there Independence College outscored their opponents 13-6, winning the game by a score of 30-20. Continue reading

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