Danny Palmer’s Tyler Junior College Apaches weekend win impressed the voters and the NJCAA computers.
The Apaches, 64-42 winners over previous No. 14 New Mexico Military Institute on Saturday, bolted to No. 8 in the latest NJCAA football rankings. TJC was No.10 last week.
The victory in Roswell, New Mexico improved the Apaches to 5-2 on the season and 4-2 in Southwest Junior College Football Conferene play.
Fellow league member Trinity Valley Community College, a 52-40 winner over Kilgore College on Saturday, remained at No. 4. The Cardinals are 7-1 overall and 5-1 in conference.
Also, SWJCFC member Navarro College (5-3, 3-3) is ranked No. 16.
Garden City (Kansas) remained at No. 1 with an 8-0 record with 8-0 Arizona Western second. Rounding out the top five are East Mississippi (7-1), Trinity Valley and Northwest Mississippi (7-1).
The remainder of the top 10 include: 6, Mesa (Arizona), 6-1; 7, Lackawanna (Pennsylvania), 8-0; 8, Tyler; 9, Central Lakes (Minnesota), 9-0; and 10, Northeast Mississippi (6-2).
The Apaches’ final regular season game is on Saturday as they meet Kilgore College (4-3, 3-3) at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium in Kilgore. Kickoff is 3 p.m.
A win clinches second place and a playoff berth for TJC. It also would mean the Apaches will host a conference semifinal on Nov. 5. TVCC has already clinched the No. 1 seed by virtue its win over Tyler.
The conference weekend begins on Thursday as Blinn (5-3, 3-3) plays Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (4-4, 3-3) in Miami, Oklahoma. Kickoff is 6 p.m.