Category Archives: NJCAA

Cordarelle Patterson is the TRUTH

CORDARELLE PATTERSON

CORDARELLE PATTERSON

So I was watching the highlights from the two Region VI semifinal games last night and there was one thing that stood out to me.

That is, Cordarelle Patterson is The Truth.

I spoke to both CP and Hutchinson coach Rion Rhoades on Monday night about the freshman wide receiver’s breakout season – he’s second in the Jayhawk in all-purpose yards with 1,240 to go with his 11 touchdowns. Rhoades said he knew Patterson would be a big-time player after spring practices, but has been amazed at what CP has done this year, calling his production “remarkable.”

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Jayhawk Conference grabs top 3 spots in latest NJCAA football poll

1. Butler 2. Hutchinson 3. Coffeyville

And there you go. For the first time since 1991, the top three spots in the NJCAA football poll are occupied by the same conference. Fittingly, the Jayhawk Conference’s top rival, the SWJCFC out of Texas, was the last league to do it. I’ve talked to Butler’s Troy Morrell and Jayhawk commish Bryce Roderick for a story in tomorrow’s Eagle, so make sure to check that out. Until then, here’s a few things to think about that they pointed out to me.

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Behind the scenes at Jayhawk Conference Media Day

ALL THE KING'S MEN

ALL THE KING'S MEN

I hit the Jayhawk Conference Media Day on Friday at the Wichita Boathouse (first time for the event at the new location) and came away feeling absolutely certain about one thing … anybody who says they know who the favorite is to win this league is lying. And that Butler is going to have a pretty good quarterback. So I guess that’s two things.

KJCCC commissioner Bryce Roderick opened things up by announcing the league’s new partnership with Verizon and congratulated Fort Scott on finishing as the national runner-up last season. Hutch SID Steve Carpenter made my day by announcing that the cluster formerly known as the Jayhawk player of the week awards was now going to be streamlined so that there’s ONE offensive player of the week ONE defensive player of the week and ONE special teams player of the week as nominated and voted on by the league’s SIDs. The teams went in order of picked finish, from eighth to first. Oh, and the Jayhawk is hosting two bowl games again this year — the Citizens Bank Bowl in Pittsburg and the Salt City Bowl in Hutchinson. I covered both last year and had a blast.

And away we go:

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Roll Call: J-e-t-s! Jets! Jets! Jets!

There’s a couple of reasons why we’re Jaray Mathews fans over hear at Sunflower Slate. For one, if you just look up, you’ll see Mathews is part of our banner. And as far as I know, he’s the only player still active that’s part of our banner. Which means that even though we haven’t quite turned two years old yet, we’ve got some history. So there’s that. And then there’s the main reason: The Man goes hard. To prove my point, let’s take a look at what JM did last week in leading Newman into sole possession of first place in the Heartland Conference. In a win over Dallas Baptist he dropped 19 points, 10 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 blocks and 2 assists. In a win over Arkansas Fort-Smith he went for 18 points, 12 rbounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. That’s called filling up the stat sheet.

And that’s why he’s the Heartland player of the week and the jump-off for The Return of Roll Call.

And away we go …

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NJCAA All-American football team

SCOTT SMITH

SCOTT SMITH

Talent, talent, talent. That’s what we got out of the Jayhawk this year and it translated to the NJCAA All-American football teams that just came out. Look at some of these names and remember them for Wednesday/Thursday … I’ve got big plans for signing day Wed. and a story for Thursday. The names you see here are all guys who can step in and start at four-year schools right away, some for teams you see every Saturday on TV. A few you end up watching on Sundays.

Anyhow, the full list of all the teams are below — you can see that both the Jayhawk Conference offensive and defensive players of the year made the first team with Fort Scott running back Jasmin Hopkins and Butler defensive end Scott Smith. The Greyhounds grabbed three first-team selections with Hopkins, linebacker Lavonte David and offensive lineman Jermarcus Hardrick.

Here’s the list:

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All about Blinn-Fort Scott

First things first — let’s address the second-guessing Fort Scott coach Jeff Sims on his decision to punt with just under 40 seconds to play, which Blinn’s Chad Froechtenicht took 84 yards to the house (you can watch it, above). Like everybody else, right after the game, I thought it was the wrong call. He should’ve had them pooch it — he should’ve kicked it out of bounds … you get the picture. But I had a drive home and last night to think about it, and I don’t know that the call Sims made was wrong.

Consider this: You’re up by two — 26-24 — and you’ve watched Blinn QB Cam Newton dice up your defense the last quarter-and-a-half. You can …

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NJCAA All-Americans (DJO, Crowder, Robben, Yankova)

Hutchinson Community College freshman guard Darius Johnson-Odom capped his one year in the Jayhawk in high fashion today, grabbing first-team NJCAA All-American honors, the second year in a row that a Blue Dragon guard has been named a first teamer after Bobby Maze (now running point for Tennessee and Bruce Pearl) was a first-teamer last year. I threw a little baby DJO highlight (from his junior year of h.s.) up top, you know, for nostalgia. He’ll be in the Marquette back court next year.

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