It’s the most wonderful tiiiiime of the yeeeeeeaaar! College Football 2017 is underway in the divisions covered here at Balladeer’s Blog. With even more action on the way Saturday let’s take a look at last night’s results!
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TIGHTEST GAME OF THE NIGHT – The game between the HIGHLAND COLLEGE SCOTTIES and their hosts, the DODGE CITY COLLEGE CONQUISTADORS was a true Gridiron Armageddon. The 1st Quarter ended with the Conquistadors holding a 12-7 lead, but by Halftime the Scotties had cut that to an even tighter 12-10 score.
In the 3rd Quarter Highland College went on top 19-15 then outscored Dodge City College 7-6 in the 4th to win the game 26-21. Scotties QB Kyle Kearns threw for 2 Touchdowns while RB Kevin Brown added another on the ground.
UPSET IN THE TOP TWENTY – The second edition of the Ag Bowl (as in ag-riculture) saw the DAKOTA STATE TROJANS do battle with the number 17 team in the nation – the DAKOTA WESLEYAN TIGERS (should be Blue Tigers).
A 7-7 tie to end the 1st Quarter turned into a 28-21 advantage for the Trojans after an action-packed 2nd Quarter of play. After the break Dakota State expanded their lead over the Tigers to 42-33 in the 3rd before going on to win it 56-39. Trojans QB Jacob Giles went FORTY of FORTY-EIGHT for FOUR HUNDRED FIFTY-TWO YARDS! Continue reading
Like all levels of college sports, the JUCO ranks have waaaay too many teams called Tigers, Eagles, Bulldogs and Wildcats, but here are the 20 Coolest Names.
20. BAKERSFIELD RENEGADES
Location: Bakersfield, CA
Comment: If you “walk the streets of Bakersfield” you’re bound to hear about the Renegades, who have a nickname cool enough to be a rock group or a band of mercenaries in the notoriously bad post-apocalypse movie 2020 Texas Gladiators. Hard to believe in just a few years the country will be full of those marauding gangs, isn’t it?
19. HIGHLAND SCOTTIES
Location: Highland, KS
Comment: You just knew a dog lover like me would include this team! And there’s no truth to the rumor that their original mascot was Star Trek’s James Doohan standing on the sidelines and saying “I need more time, Cap’n!”
18. ASA AVENGERS
Location: New York, NY
Comment: Insert your own Emma Peal or “Why is the Avengers movie taking so long?” joke here. This school has one seriously cool nickname and logo, don’t they? T-shirt sales must be through the roof! And I’m sure their call to practice is either “We’re needed” or “Avengers Assemble!”
17. GARDEN CITY BRONCBUSTERS
Location: Garden City, KS
Comments: No, that’s not a typo, they go by Broncbusters, not BroncObusters. Under any name and in any sport they kick major butts. And you just haven’t busted until you’ve Broncbusted, y’know? Continue reading
CHESAPEAKE COLLEGE SKIPJACKS
Location: Wye Mills, MD
Comment: Don’t call them the Flapjacks. Don’t call them the Blackjacks. Don’t call them Continue reading
VERMILION COLLEGE IRONMEN
Location: Ely, MN
Comment: There are so many ways we could go here. We could do a Black Sabbath reference (and I’m betting that Iron Man is performed ad nauseum by their marching band) or maybe a Marvel Comics superhero reference. Continue reading
VANCE-GRANVILLE COLLEGE VANGUARDS
Location: Henderson, NC
Comment: Kudos to the folks at this institution for showing some creativity with the name of their sports teams! The Vanguards definitely stand out and their logo is very, very eye-catching! Continue reading
The most wonderful time of the year is nearly upon us! If you’re ready for some gridiron clashes THAT COUNT for this year’s record, the divisions of college football covered here at Balladeer’s Blog kick off TOMORROW! The NAIA’s ARIZONA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY FIRESTORM (helmets at left) will be playing their very FIRST year of intercollegiate football in 2014. For their inaugural game they will host the EVANGEL UNIVERSITY CRUSADERS tomorrow.
Some of the other terrific games lined up for tomorrow:
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The MAYVILLE STATE COMETS will host the WALDORF UNIVERSITY WARRIORS in a game that would normally pit the NORTH STAR ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION against the MID-STATES LEAGUE. Waldorf has joined the NSAA, making it a conference clash for both teams.
The MONTANA TECH OREDIGGERS are going to take it on the road for Week One and do battle with their arch-rivals the UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA-WESTERN BULLDOGS. These two teams always play some of the most memorable games in the FRONTIER CONFERENCE each year.
Meanwhile the MENLO COLLEGE OAKS will welcome the EASTERN OREGON UNIVERSITY MOUNTAINEERS to open the season. The Oaks are independent when it comes to football while the Mountaineers hail from the FRONTIER CONFERENCE. Continue reading
DELAWARE COUNTY COLLEGE PHANTOMS
Division: NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association)
Sports: basketball, baseball, soccer, volleyball, tennis and golf
Comment: “Find yourself here” is the very appropriate slogan of the Delaware County Community College system. This Continue reading