Hawks football jumps into NAIA poll at No. 23

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Shorter jumps into the poll for the first time this season

Shorter jumps into the poll for the first time this season

Sept. 29, 2008

Kansas City, Mo. - Fueled by the 42-0 shutout over conference foe Faulkner University, Shorter College broke into the NAIA Football Top 25 Coaches' Poll at No. 23, the NAIA announced Monday.

This is the third regular-season edition of the Coaches' Poll, and the first time Shorter has been ranked since preseason.

Shorter (3-1, 1-0) broke two records for points scored in Saturday's game, with 28 points in the third quarter and 35 points in the second half.

Shorter's more-than-impressive 421 yards on rushing broke a single-game school record held since the beginning of 2006. A.J. Cooley was the Hawks' centerpiece in game, rushing 209 yards in 19 attempts, breaking the single game rushing record, held since 2006 by Fabian Daniel.

Additionally, Shorter only allowed 22 yards rushing, providing another beaten record

The Hawks, host of the 2008 & 2009 NAIA Championship Game, are on the road again next week in Campbellsville, Ky., in a divisional game against Campbellsville University. The team returns home on Oct. 11 for a 1:30 p.m. game against receiving-votes Lambuth University at Barron Stadium.

Carroll (Mont.) College continues its 2008 dominance and remains No. 1 in the third regular season edition of the NAIA Football Top 25 Coaches' Poll (Sept. 29). The defending national champions moved to an NAIA-best 5-0 on the season after a 31-13 win over rival Montana Tech on Saturday. The Fighting Saints have now earned all of the possible first-place votes in all five 2008 Top 25 polls. Carroll, who travels to Montana-Western (1-4) this weekend, now stands 104-12 (.897) since 2000. That record this decade is the second highest win total among all football programs (NCAA, NAIA) in the country.

Right behind Carroll for the sixth straight time is No. 2 Sioux Falls (S.D.), which posted 402 total points. No. 3 Missouri Valley moved to 4-0 and held its ranking after winning a conference battle last weekend against Evangel (Mo.). No. 4 Saint Francis (Ind.) kept up its 2008 success and improved to 4-0 taking out then-No. 10 St. Ambrose (Iowa) on Saturday. The Cougars also improved their home winning streak to 47 straight games. Morningside (Iowa) had an idle week and held at No. 5.

There were two major shake-ups in the poll. Virginia-Wise fell six spots to No. 13 after losing 51-40 to Lambuth (Tenn.). Also, Bethel (Kan.) lost its first game this year dropping a 24-3 decision to Sterling (Kan.). For the upset, Sterling is rewarded with a No. 25 spot this week.

To view the complete Top 25 poll, click here.

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