ROOM WITH A VIEW: Cardinals ranked No. 4

ROOM WITH A VIEW: Cardinals ranked No. 4

The Cardinals find themselves in a familiar place as the 2017 football season approaches.

For a fourth straight year, the Cardinals will kick off a season ranked in the top four in the NJCAA. Eleventh-year head coach Brad Smiley's squad is No. 4 as the season opener against Pima Community College in the Battle In The Valley nears on Saturday, Aug. 26, at Bruce Field.
 

The Cardinals went 11-1 last season and finished the season ranked No. 4, winning a fourth straight Southwest Junior College Football Conference regular season title. They are 30-4 the last three seasons and have lost just three times in their last 19 conference outings.

In the previous three seasons, the Cardinals have opened the season ranked third (2016), second (2015) and fourth (2014). In 2012, the Cardinals were ranked seventh to start the season.
 

"We are still hungry – a very hungry program," Smiley said. "We still want to continue to be one of the top programs in the country, win championships and move kids on to D-1 programs at a rate that leads the nation.

"There's only one way to make this continue to happen and that's through hard work. We will continue to work hard.
 

"If anyone is looking for the day when we get comfortable and complacent, it is not going to happen."

 2017 NJCAA PRESEASON TOP 20
  1. Arizona Western
  2. East Mississippi
  3. Garden City
  4. Trinity Valley
  5. Lackawanna
  6. Northwest Mississippi
  7. Navarro
  8. Georgia Military
  9. Northeast Mississippi
  10. Mesa
  11. Holmes
  12. Iowa Western
  13. Central Lakes
  14. Northeastern Oklahoma A&M
  15. Dodge City
  16. Tyler
  17. Independence
  18. Copiah-Lincoln
  19. Eastern Arizona
  20. Snow