Oct. 26, 2009
Kansas City, Mo. - After two weeks away, the Shorter College football team is back in the Top-25.
The Hawks (5-3, 2-1 Mid-South), fresh off an impressive offensive performance in a 56-41 victory at Union (Ky.) College, settled into the No. 25 spot in the latest NAIA Football Coaches' Top-25 Poll, which was released on Monday afternoon.
The Hawks climbed as high as No. 10 after a win at Faulkner University on Sept. 26 - the highest ranking in school history - but fell in their next two games to drop out of the rankings for the first time since Oct. 13, 2008.
Shorter is one of four Mid-South Conference teams to be ranked in the weekly ratings.
Lambuth University, to whom Shorter dropped a last-second, 28-23 decision to several weeks ago in Jackson, Tenn., climbed to No. 5 after needing three overtimes to outlast Bethel last week and improve to 8-0 overall.
The University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) moved up one spot to No. 12 and 24th-ranked Campbellsville University earned its first national ranking since 2004 after defeating then No. 19 Georgetown College last Saturday.
Georgetown, Belhaven College and the University of Virginia at Wise are all receiving votes, meaning that seven representatives of the Mid-South are featured in the latest release.
The Hawks boast the top rushing offense in the country, churning up 318.8 yards per game. Senior fullback and preseason NAIA All-American A.J. Cooley, who was just named the Mid-South's Offensive Player of the Week for his 206-yard, three TD performance at Union, ranks fourth in the nation in total rushing yards (974) and eighth in all-purpose yards, accounting for 168.1 yards of offense per outing.
The Bowden, Ga., native leads the Mid-South in rushing touchdowns (12) and scoring with 15 total touchdowns.
Shorter is preparing to host Mid-South West rival Cumberland (Tenn.) University on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 1:30 p.m. at Barron Stadium, and looks to extend its current win streak to three games.