Football jumps three spots in NAIA Top 25 to No. 20

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Lukas Gonzalez

Lukas Gonzalez

Oct. 6, 2008

Kansas City, Mo. - After a convincing 24-14 conference win at Campbellsville University on Saturday, the Shorter College Hawks football team jumped three spots in the NAIA Football Top 25 Coaches' Poll to land at No. 20, the NAIA announced Monday.

This is the fourth regular-season edition of the Coaches' Poll, and the highest ranking Shorter has received in their short four-year history.

Shorter (4-1,1-0) had 370 yards rushing with the run, with A.J. Cooley running for 219 yards in the win, beating the same record he broke last weekend for most rushing yards in a game. Following Saturday's competitions, the Hawks now have the No. 1 rushing offense in the country, with Cooley being the No. 3 rusher in the NAIA.

The Hawks, host of the 2008 & 2009 NAIA Championship Game, return this weekend, will face one of their toughest conference matches of the season next weekend, as Shorter returns to Barron Stadium against Lambuth University (3-2, 0-0). Kick-off is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in Rome, Ga.

The top seven teams in the Top 25 won by an average margin of 41 points last weekend as nothing changed at the top portion of the fourth regular season poll (Oct. 7). For the sixth straight poll, No. 1 Carroll (Mont.) earned every one of the possible first-place votes this time posting 17 tallies and 392 total points. Standing with an NAIA-best 6-0 record, the Fighting Saints are 105-12 (.897) since 2000. That record this decade is the second highest win total among all football programs (NCAA, NAIA) in the country including better than Oklahoma and Grand Valley State (Mich.).

Carroll's next test is scheduled for an Oct. 11 date against Montana-Northern. CC is sitting on a 21-game winning streak dating back to last season.

For the seventh straight time, Sioux Falls (S.D.) sits at No. 2 in the polls. The Cougars won with relative ease last Saturday, which was the theme of the top teams, taking out Doane (Neb.) 37-7. Missouri Valley remains at No. 3 with a 5-0 perfect mark. No. 4 St. Francis (Ind.) dominated its second straight Top 15 opponent over the weekend, this time blanking then-No. 8 Ohio Dominican, 35-0, to stay at the fourth spot. With the loss, ODU fell seven spots this week to No. 15. No. 5 Morningside won 58-7 over Dana (Neb.) and moved to 4-0.

No. 25 Malone (Ohio) finds itself listed in the poll for the first time since the Preseason Top 25 (Aug. 11) when it was No. 24. Most recently, Malone overcame Marian (Ind.) 45-37 to move to 2-1 on the year.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and independents. The fifth regular season Top 25 poll will be announced on Oct. 13.

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