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Northwest Football Caps Outstanding 9-1 Season with Top 10 Final Ranking

By Kevin Maloney

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The MACJC North Division champion Northwest Rangers capped a stellar season with a No. 6 final ranking in the last NJCAA Top 20 Football Poll of the season released Monday, marking their first Top 10 finish since the 1999 season – also a No. 6 final ranking.

Northwest also has four other Top 10 finishes in 1992 (National Champions), 1991 (National Runner-Up), 1989 and 1987. Polls before the 1985 season are missing from the NJCAA, with a 1982 National Championship season an obvious seventh Top 10 finish all-time.  

Owners of the nation’s longest winning streak at 11 games entering the first round of the MACJC State Playoffs, the Rangers were knocked out of postseason play with a 52-24 loss to eventual state champion Mississippi Gulf Coast who finished at No. 3 in the final poll. Copiah-Lincoln rounded out the conference with a No. 13 ranking.

“I think that our kids played very, very well this season,” third-year head coach and 2010 MACJC North Division Coach of the Year Ricky Woods said. “Our coaches also did a great job preparing us each week despite a lot of player injuries suffered throughout the year.”

Northwest finished the 2010 season 10th in the nation in total offense (413.6 ypg) and 12th in rushing offense (206 ypg) while averaging 30.6 points-per-game. Defensively, the Rangers were tops in the MACJC in rushing defense (99.6 ypg), second in turnover margin (+7) and third in total defense (283 ypg).

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