After missing the first NJCAA Div. 1 football playoff last year, the Kansas Community College Jayhawk Conference has a four-team half field this year’s postseason.
Unsurprisingly, Hutchinson, with a great 10-0 record and the most prolific offense in the country, earned first place, while Coffeyville had significantly more nerves until the Red Ravens found out they were hanging on to fourth place. and last place in the playoffs.
Hutchinson (10-0) will take on Coffeyville (8-2) at Gowans Stadium in the national semi-final on Saturday, December 3 at 2:00 pm. 2 Mississippi NW (10-1) Sunday, December 4 at 5:00 pm. Both games will air on ESPN+.
2022 NJCAA Div. 1 game of the national championship will be played at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, Arkansas on Wednesday, December 14 at 8:00 pm and broadcast nationally on ESPNU.
Hutchinson remained No. 1 in the national rankings after his spectacular 29-28 victory came from behind at the Iowa Western on November 12. The Blue Dragons trailed 28-17 with less than nine minutes to play but won the game in Dramatic Fashion when Jermaine Hamilton-Jordan blocked a punt and Jaimele Claytor picked him up and brought him back 40 yards for the winning goal.
Led by Alabama wide receiver Malik Benson, Hutchinson has the most explosive offense in the nation, posting 40.9 points per game and 428.9 yards per game. Sophomore quarterback Dylan Label is third in the nation with 20 passing touchdowns, and Benson is second in the nation with 80.9 receiving yards per game.
Coffeyville rallied from a 2-2 start to win six in a row, including a convincing 23-7 victory over Iowa Western on November 5 that helped the Red Ravens vault over Snow College to fourth and last place. The Coffeyville defense held the opposition to 13.2 points during their winning streak, led by sophomore linebacker Amir Renwick, who averaged 8.9 tackles and 3.5 sacks per game.
The semi-finals next Saturday will be a rematch of the September 24 game, which Hutchinson won 14-9 with a game-winning touchdown with 1:17 left in Dylan Kedzior’s streak.