Diggers fall to No. 23

Diggers fall to No. 23

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Montana Tech fell six spots to No. 23 in the latest edition of the NIAA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll released today.

The demotion comes two days after the 6-3 Orediggers fell 30-19 to Carroll College in Helena.

A number of Top 25 teams suffered losses over the weekend. Then-No. 9 Evangel who was the top contender in the Heart of America Athletic Conference lost to an unranked team and fell to No. 17. Benedictine (Kan.) dropped eight places after losing to No. 20. Indian Wesleyan, Sterling (Kan.), and Montana Western all fell out of the Top 25 after losses.

The Bulldogs (6-3) still received votes. Carroll moved into the poll for the first time this season at No. 22.

Morningside (Iowa) continues to hold onto the top spot. None of the top 8 teams moved spots in the poll. The College of Idaho, which came back to beat Western in Caldwell, Idaho, Saturday, is still No. 6.

The Orediggers host their final game of the season at home Saturday. Rocky Mountain College comes to the Mining City for the Montana Tech Senior Day. Western plays host to Southern Oregon.

2019 NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Poll 9 (November 11)

RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL [IST PLACE VOTES] RECORD FINAL POINTS
1 1 Morningside (Iowa) [17] 9-0 392
2 2 Marian (Ind.) 8-0 369
3 3 Kansas Wesleyan 10-0 357
4 4 Grand View (Iowa) 10-0 352
5 5 Northwestern (Iowa) 9-0 328
6 6 College of Idaho 9-0 322
7 7 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 9-0 310
8 8 Cumberlands (Ky.) 9-0 287
9 10 Keiser (Fla.) 9-0 269
10 11 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 7-2 258
11 13 Saint Francis (Ind.) 7-2 234
12 14 Concordia (Mich.) 7-2 224
13 15 Reinhardt (Ga.) 8-2 201
14 16 Southeastern (Fla.) 8-1 193
15 18 Baker (Kan.) 8-2 185
16 19 Ottawa (Ariz.) (AZ) 8-1 165
17 9 Evangel (Mo.) 8-2 148
18 20 Dickinson State (N.D.) 8-2 131
18 21 Siena Heights (Mich.) 7-2 131
20 12 Benedictine (Kan.) 7-3 114
21 22 Langston (Okla.) 7-2 102
22 NR Carroll (Mont.) 6-3 53
23 17 Montana Tech 6-3 47
24 NR Dordt (Iowa) 7-3 34
25 NR Bethel (Kan.) 8-2 32

Dropped Out: Sterling (Kan.), Indiana Wesleyan and Montana Western

Receiving Votes: Sterling (Kan.) 20, Indiana Wesleyan 16, Montana Western 12 and Waldorf (Iowa) 9



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