Butler gets rematch with Iowa Western in Graphic Edge Bowl
It will be a rematch of the 2012 NJCAA National Championship Game when the 2013 edition of the Graphic Edge Bowl takes place on Sunday, Dec. 8 in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Last year's national champion, No. 3 ranked Iowa Western (10-1), takes on No. 5 Butler (9-1) in a matchup of conference champions.
Iowa Western's only loss this year came to No. 1-ranked Georgia Military College, which will play No. 2 East Mississippi to determine this year's national champion.
The Reivers offense was explosive this year, with the team averaging 48 points per game in the regular season. Moreover, the offense was also well rounded.
Quarterback Connor Bravard and running back Akise Teague have been key cogs in the Reivers ability to put up points.
Bravard is averaging 234.3 passing yards a game and has 23 touchdowns this year. Teaque has been a dominant force on the field, averaging 132.6 rushing yards a game, and has rushed the ball into the end zone 12 times this season.
Reivers head coach Scott Strohmeier is thrilled for the chance to compete against Butler in the bowl game.
"Butler's tradition speaks for itself," Strohmeier said. "We are excited for the chance to play against such a quality opponent."
The Butler Grizzlies (9-1, 6-1 KJCCC) will top off another successful season with a chance to avenge their loss to Iowa Western last year in The Graphic Edge Bowl. Butler head coach Troy Morrell is looking forward to another challenge.
"Playing No. 3 ranked, and defending national champion, Iowa Western will be a tremendous challenge for our program this year," Morrell said. "Special thanks to The Graphic Edge and their continued support of this bowl game.
The Grizzlies are use to playing in high-stakes games, as they have played in 11 national championship games in their history — winning six of them since 1981.
This year the Grizzlies have relied on a range of talented offensive and defensive players, such as linebacker Phillip Williamson, who leads the team in sacks with 7.5, and running backs Ty Suggs and Chris Carson, who together have found the end zone 13 times.
"We are thankful for the opportunity to participate in the 2013 Graphic Edge Bowl," Morrell said. "Being part of a bowl game in junior college football is special and something that our players, coaches, administration, students and fans will all cherish."
Other Bowl Games Announced:
National Championship: #1 Georgia Military (11-0) vs. #2 East Mississippi (11-0)
Salt City Bowl on Dec. 7: #18 Hutchinson (7-4) vs. Dakota-Bottineau (8-2)
Valley of the Sun Bowl on Dec. 7: #4 Scottsdale (9-1) vs. #19 Dodge City (6-3)
For other bowl games, dates and times click here.