NAIA Football Top 25 Preseason Poll by Jason Dannelly

Photo of the Mustangs winning. This photo is completely stolen from Morninside’s web site.

Is Dannelly back? Will there be “Chip’s Picks” this year? Are you doing a podcast?

I doubt it. Like every year, I want to write and cover the NAIA again. I want to attend the games. I want to promote the greatest level of college football in the world!

And then, life gets busy. So I watch the season. . .talk to some coaches and administrators. . .and then never have time to write or post anything. Here I go again! Fool me once. . .something something. . .10 years later and I’m still giving it a go. Here’s a look at my preseason NAIA football poll. Seriously, the top three teams are from Iowa. No, not the top three Pioneer Corn Hybrids. Not the top three pork producing farms. . .the top THREE football team in the NAIA reside in Iowa. As a Nebraska native, it pains me to see this. Like, take a leak on an electric fence sort of pain.

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[Football] Three KCAC Teams Ranked in Top 15 in Latest NAIA Football FirstDown PlayBook …

Football Mon, Oct. 3, 2022 at 5:40 PM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Three KCAC football teams were ranked in the Top 15 in the latest edition of the NAIA Football FirstDown PlayBook Coaches’ Poll, the national office announced Monday. Southwestern held firm at No. 6, the spot they occupied in the previous poll. Bethel and Kansas Wesleyan both moved up in the rankings, with the Threshers jumping up two spots to No. 12, and Kansas Wesleyan moving up one spot to No. 15.

The next edition of the NAIA Football Football FirstDown PlayBook Coaches’ Poll will be released Monday, Oct. 10.

Poll Methodology

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences.Each conference is given one rater for every four schools in the league.The Top 25 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams. A team receives 25 points for each first-place vote, 24 for second-place and so on through the list.The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-rating is considered a low rating) is removed and the team’s ranking will be recalculated with an additional point added to each team for every ballot (including discounted ballots) that the teams appear on.Teams that receive only one point in the ballot are not considered “receiving votes.”For the complete Top 25 calendar, click here. RANKLASTSCHOOL [FIRST-PLACE VOTES]CONFERENCERECORDFINAL POINTS11Morningside (Iowa) [19]Great Plains4-044422Grand View (Iowa)Heart -North6-042733Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)Mid-South5-040244Northwestern (Iowa)Great Plains4-139355Marian (Ind.)Mid States East4-038266Southwestern (Kan.)Kansas Collegiate5-035279Indiana WesleyanMid States East3-1324813Bethel (Tenn.)Mid-South5-0314911College of IdahoFrontier3-03081012Benedictine (Kan.)Heart – South5-12911110Reinhardt (Ga.)Appalachian3-12801214Bethel (Kan.)Kansas Collegiate5-0256138Georgetown (Ky.)Mid-South4-1235147Ottawa (Ariz.)Sooner4-12281516Kansas WesleyanKansas Collegiate4-12051619St. Thomas (Fla.)The Sun4-11841720Rocky Mountain (Mont.)Frontier3-01761823Saint Xavier (Ill.)Mid States West3-21391921Montana TechFrontier4-11272017Midland (Neb.)Great Plains5-1912125Langston (Okla.)Sooner5-0852218Roosevelt (Ill.)Mid States West3-18323RVTexas WesleyanSooner4-16424RVWaldorf (Iowa)North Star5-15625RVKeiser (Fla.)The Sun2-337

Dropped From Poll: Concordia (Mich.); Carroll (Mont.)

Receiving Votes: Dickinson State (N.D.) 24; Southeastern (Fla.) 19; Arizona Christian 18; Concordia (Mich.) 17; Carroll (Mont.) 3.

See also:

–KCAC–

[Football] Three MSC Teams Ranked in NAIA Football FirstDown PlayBook Top 25 Poll

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NAIA Football FirstDown PlayBook Top 25 Poll

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Three Mid-South teams are mentioned in the NAIA Football FirstDown PlayBook Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Monday.

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) is the highest-rated team in the poll at No. 3. The Blue Raiders garnered 402 points in the poll and are 5-0 this season and 3-0 in the MSC. Lindsey Wilson hosts Faulkner on October 15.

Bethel (Tenn.) moved up five spots in the poll to No. 8. The Wildcats earned 314 points in the poll and are 5-0 and 2-0 in conference play. Bethel is 2-0 this season against teams in the top 25. The Wildcats host Cumberlands on Saturday night.

Georgetown (Ky.) fell five spots to No. 13. The Tigers earned 235 points in the poll and are 4-1 and 2-1 in the MSC. Georgetown travels to Pikeville (Ky.) on Saturday.

Morningside (Iowa) sits atop the poll with 444 points and all 19 first-place votes. Grand View (Iowa) is second with 427 points. Northwestern (Iowa) and Marian (Ind.) round out the top five with 393 and 382 points, respectively.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences. Each conference is given one rater for every four schools in the league.

The next poll is scheduled to come out on Monday, October 10.

[MSFA] Mideast League Players of the Week announced

MSFA Mon, Oct. 3, 2022 at 3:15 PM

A pair of wins over nationally-ranked foes result in two of the three MSFA Mideast League Players of the Week for Week 6.

Offensive Player of the WeekZach Bundalo, MarianJr., QB, Schererville, Ind. (Lake Central HS)

Threw for 252 yards and two TDs in No. 5 Marian’s 67-7 over TaylorCompleted 15 of 23 passes as the NAIA national leader in completion percentageEarns his first career MSFA Offensive Player of the Week award

Defensive Player of the WeekDonovan Shelton, Indiana WesleyanSr., DB, Centerville, Ohio (Centerville HS)

Grabbed two interceptions in No. 9 Indiana Wesleyan’s 23-13 win over No. 15 ConcordiaMade five tackles in the win over the #15 CardinalsEarns his first career MSFA Defensive Player of the Week award

Special Teams Player of the WeekAnthony Secchi, Siena HeightsJr., K, Sterling Heights, Mich. (Warren Cousino HS)

Scored 13 points in Siena Heights’ upset victory over No. 22 Saint Francis (Ind.)Was a perfect 2-for-2 on field goals with a long FG of 35 yardsEarns his second career MSFA Special Teams Player of the Week honor, and his first this season

MSFA Mideast League Players of the Week(NAIA National Player of the Week award winners in bold)

Week 1 (Aug. 29): Brendan Lamb, Taylor (Offense); Aven Jones, Taylor (Defense); Zane Shilts, Taylor (Special Teams)Week 2 (Sept. 5): William Gibson, Marian (Offense); Dawson Scally, Taylor (Defense); Ben Stevens, Marian (Special Teams)Week 3 (Sept. 12): Heath Simmons, Saint Francis (Offense); Nate Talhelm, Saint Francis (Defense); Seeger DeGayner, Concordia (Special Teams)Week 4 (Sept. 19): Tyler Kulka, Lawrence Tech (Offense); Jamis Carson, Indiana Wesleyan (Defense); Jack James, Saint Francis (Special Teams)Week 5 (Sept. 26): Ben Stevens, Marian (Offense); Adrian Cuevas, Marian (Defense); Justin Johnson, Indiana Wesleyan (Special Teams)Week 6 (Oct. 3): Zach Bundalo, Marian (Offense); Donovan Shelton, Indiana Wesleyan (Defense); Anthony Secchi, Siena Heights (Special Teams)

[MSFA] Mackey, Markasovic repeat as Players of the Week

MSFA Mon, Oct. 3, 2022 at 3:20 PM

Brandon Mackey and Joey Markasovic repeat as MSFA Midwest League Special Teams Players of the Week, while a key special teams play for the second week in a row results in St. Francis picking up another honor in Week 6.

Offensive Player of the WeekBrandon Mackey, JudsonSo., RB, McRae, Ga. (Wheeler County HS)

Set the Judson single-game record with 245 rushing yards in the 64-22 loss at Olivet NazareneHad three TDs and averaged 16.3 yards over 15 carriesEarns his second career MSFA Offensive Player of the Week

Defensive Player of the WeekJoey Markasovic, Saint XavierSr., LB, New Lenox, Ill. (Providence Catholic HS)

Led No. 23 Saint Xavier with 13 tackles in the Cougars’ 21-20 win over No. 18 RooseveltHad three and a half tackles for loss and a sack in the winEarns back-to-back MSFA Defensive Player of the Week awards, and the fifth of his career

Special Teams Player of the WeekLogan Johnson, St. FrancisSo., LB, Kankakee, Ill. (Bishop McNamara HS)

Blocked a punt in the fourth quarter of the Saints’ 28-21 win at Missouri BaptistReturned the block 37 yards for the go-ahead TD with just over two minutes remainingEarns his first career MSFA Midwest League Special Teams Player of the Week award

MSFA Midwest League Players of the Week(NAIA National Player of the Week award winners in bold)

Week 1 (Aug. 29): Ke’Von Johnson, Roosevelt (Offense); Blake Kight, Missouri Baptist (Defense); Jonah Cox, Missouri Baptist (Special Teams)Week 2 (Sept. 5): Ashton Strother, Missouri Baptist (Offense); Blake Kight, Missouri Baptist (Defense)Week 3 (Sept. 12): Liam Mickle, Trinity International (Offense)Week 4 (Sept. 19): Yemi Ward, St. Ambrose (Offense); Carlos Conley, Roosevelt (Defense); Jonah Cox, Missouri Baptist (Special Teams)Week 5 (Sept. 26): Brandon Mackey, Judson (Offense); Joey Markasovic, Saint Xavier (Defense); Scott Tumilty, St. Francis (Special Teams)Week 6 (Oct. 3): Brandon Mackey, Judson (Offense); Joey Markasovic, Saint Xavier (Defense); Logan Johnson, St. Francis (Special Teams)

NAIA Football FirstDown PlayBook Top 25 Poll – Poll #4 (October 3)

For the sixth straight NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll presented by FirstDown PlayBook, the Mustangs from Morningside (Iowa) are awarded all 19 first-place votes.

[Football] Edson, Garcia, and Medrano Earn KCAC Football Weekly Honors

Football El Paso, Texas

Medrano was responsible for the decisive points in the Moundbuilders’ win over McPherson College on Saturday, as he drilled a 45-yard field goal. He also connected on both of his PAT attempts and punted for 84 yards on two punts, averaging 42 yards per attempt. One of his two punts was a 50-yard kick that was downed inside the Bulldogs’ 20.

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Previous Winners:

Week 1 (Sept. 5): Nicholas Allsman, Kansas Wesleyan (Offensive)

[Football] Mid-South Conference Announces Football Players of the Week

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Bethel’s (Tenn.) Calen Warren, Cumberlands’ (Ky.) Cam Jones and Faulkner’s Jaiveyon Tucker are the Mid-South Conference Football Players of the Week, conference officials announced on Monday.

Pioneer College Caterers are the proud sponsor of the Mid-South Conference Football Players of the Week Award program. Pioneer College Caterers is an organization committed to providing for the foodservice needs of Christian colleges and universities.

MSC Football Defensive Player of the Week

Calen Warren – Bethel (Tenn.) – Sr. – Defensive Back – Louisville, Ky.

Warren had seven tackles in the Wildcats’ 24-14 victory over No. 8 Georgetown.He also intercepted a pass in the third quarter.Warren helped lead the Bethel to limiting Georgetown to just 194 yards of total offense.He earns weekly honors for the first time this season and in his career.

MSC Football Offensive Player of the Week

Jaiveyon Tucker – Faulkner (Ala.) – So. – Wide Receiver – Uriah, Ala.

Tucker caught seven passes for 157 yards and three touchdowns in the Eagles’ 49-17 win over Campbellsville (Ky.).He set career highs in receptions, yards and touchdowns.Tucker accounted for 74.4 percent of Eagles’ total passing offense.His touchdowns totaled 10, 14 and 41 yards.Tucker earns weekly honors for the first time this season and in his career.

MSC Football Special Teams Player of the Week

Cam Jones – Cumberlands (Ky.) – So. – Linebacker – Fort Worth, Texas

Jones blocked two kicks in the Patriots’ 10-6 victory over Cumberland (Tenn.).He blocked a 37-yard field goal in the second quarter.Jones then blocked a Cumberland extra point to keep the Patriots in front 7-6.He earns weekly honors for the first time this season and in his career.

MSC Football Players of the Week

Date

Offensive

Defensive

Special Teams

Aug. 29

Will McDonald

(Lindsey Wilson)

Trevor Griffin

(Cumberland)

Ian Sauter

(Lindsey Wilson)

Sept. 5

Roques Dowdy

(Thomas More)

Jailen Clemons

(Faulkner)

Noel Patterson

(Lindsey Wilson)

Sept. 12

Lee Kirkland

(Pikeville)

Mark Pruitt

(Campbellsville)

Harlin Brown

(Cumberlands)

Sept. 19

Lee Kirkland

(Pikeville)

DJ White

(Georgetown)

Ian Sauter

(Lindsey Wilson)

Sept. 26

Joaquin Collazo III

(Bethel)

Chad Holleran

(Georgetown)

Noel Patterson

(Lindsey Wilson)

Oct. 3

Jaiveyon Tucker

(Faulkner)

Calen Warren

(Bethel)

Cam Jones

(Cumberlands)

[Football] Week 5: Football Players-of-the-Week

Friday, Oct 7

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Dordt at

Mount Marty

Saturday, Oct 8

Football

Dakota Wesleyan at

Doane

(Tickets)

(17)Midland at

Briar Cliff

Jamestown at

Concordia

Hastings at

(1)Morningside

Saturday, Oct 15

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(4)Northwestern at

Dordt

Briar Cliff at

Dakota Wesleyan

Doane at

Hastings

Mount Marty at

Concordia

(1)Morningside at

Jamestown

Saturday, Oct 22

Football

(4)Northwestern at

Doane

(Tickets)

(17)Midland at

Dakota Wesleyan

Dordt at

Concordia

(1)Morningside at

Mount Marty

Hastings at

Jamestown

Saturday, Oct 29

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Briar Cliff at

(4)Northwestern

Dakota Wesleyan at

(1)Morningside

Concordia at

(17)Midland

Heedum Field

Doane at

Mount Marty

Jamestown at

Dordt

[Football] SHU, IWU, SXU earn ranked wins in Week 6

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A touchdown pass from Stuart Ross to Brandt Hixson with just 38 seconds on the clock would give No. 23 Saint Xavier a homecoming victory over No. 18 Roosevelt, 21-20.

The Cougars (3-2, 1-0 Midwest) jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first half following a pair of Matthew Chavers rushing TDs in the second quarter, but the Lakers (3-1, 0-1 Midwest) would pull even by the end of the third quarter with a pair of TD passes from Luke Wilson to Alex Tran.

Early in the fourth quarter Roosevelt took advantage of field position to lead a 41-yard TD drive, culminating in a Tyler Tenner rushing TD with 5:20 left in regulation. Despite the missed extra point, the Lakers took a 20-14 lead and forced a three-and-out on Saint Xavier’s next possession.

The Cougars would get a quick defensive stop themselves, re-gaining the ball at the Roosevelt 40-yard line with 1:54 on the clock. Four plays later, Mario Price would get SXU into the red zone with a 14-yard run, and Ross would find Hixson for a 13-yard TD to retake the lead, 21-20. The Lakers would drive into Cougar territory in the closing seconds but would run out of time on their final drive.

Price finished with 118 yards on 21 carries for Saint Xavier to lead the offense. Wilson tallied 243 passing yards with a pair of TDs for Roosevelt. Joey Markasovic posted a game-high 11 tackles with three tackles for loss and a sack for the Cougars, while Zavier Barnes made ten stops with a sack to anchor the Roosevelt defense.

The win is also the 200th for SXU head coach Mike Feminis, who becomes the third active coach in the NAIA to reach the 200-win plateau.

Siena Heights 13, #22 Saint Francis (Ind.) 10

Box Score

[Football] Three KCAC Teams Recognized in Latest NAIA Football FirstDown PlayBook Coaches’ Poll

Football Tue, Sep. 27, 2022 at 10:40 AM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Three KCAC football teams were ranked in the Top 20 in the latest edition of the NAIA Football FirstDown PlayBook Coaches’ Poll, the national office announced Monday. Southwestern and Bethel held firm at the same rankings they held in the previous edition of the poll, with the Moundbuilders staying at No. 6 and the Threshers remaining at No. 14. Kansas Wesleyan moved up to No. 16, two spots higher than their previous ranking.

The next edition of the NAIA Football FirstDown PlayBook Coaches’ Poll will be released Monday, October 3.

Poll Methodology

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences.Each conference is given one rater for every four schools in the league.The Top 25 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams. A team receives 25 points for each first-place vote, 24 for second-place and so on through the list.The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-rating is considered a low rating) is removed and the team’s ranking will be recalculated with an additional point added to each team for every ballot (including discounted ballots) that the teams appear on.Teams that receive only one point in the ballot are not considered “receiving votes.”For the complete Top 25 calendar, click here. RANKLASTSCHOOL [FIRST-PLACE VOTES]CONFERENCERECORDFINAL POINTS11Morningside (Iowa) [18]Great Plains3-041822Grand View (Iowa)Heart North5-040233Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)Mid-South4-038044Northwestern (Iowa)Great Plains3-136855Marian (Ind.)Mid States East3-035966Southwestern (Kan.)Kansas Collegiate4-033677Ottawa (Ariz.)Sooner4-032588Georgetown (Ky.)Mid-South4-0306910Indiana WesleyanMid States East2-1263109Reinhardt (Ga.)Appalachian3-12581111College of IdahoFrontier4-02551212Benedictine (Kan.)Heart South4-12531313Bethel (Tenn.)Mid-South4-02391414Bethel (Kan.)Kansas Collegiate4-02071515Concordia (Mich.)Mid States East1-21651618Kansas WesleyanKansas Collegiate3-11641719Midland (Neb.)Great Plains5-01571820Roosevelt (Ill.)Mid States West3-01551922St. Thomas (Fla.)The Sun4-11322025Rocky Mountain (Mont.)Frontier3-19421NRMontana TechFrontier3-1712216Saint Francis (Ind.)Mid States East2-16523NRSaint Xavier (Ill.)Mid States West2-26324NRCarroll (Mont.)Frontier3-13625NRLangston (Okla.)Sooner4-031

Dropped From Poll: Montana Western; Southeastern (Fla.); Waldorf (Iowa)

Receiving Votes: Texas Wesleyan 23; Montana Western 22; Keiser (Fla.) 21; Southeastern (Fla.) 17; Waldorf (Iowa) 16; Dickinson State (N.D.) 14.

See also:

–KCAC–