Diggers move into Top 20

Diggers move into Top 20
Montana Tech's football team takes the field before Saturday's win over Montana Western at Alumni Coliseum. Leading the way are Matthew Drake (20), Arthur Flynn (97), Jacob Clarke (53) and Tanner Chase (11). (Bill Foley photo)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the fourth edition of the Coaches Top 25 Poll today. The Orediggers moved up three spots into No. 19 in the national poll.

Montana Tech (4-1) defeated than-No. 15 Montana Western (4-1) last weekend 35-12. The Orediggers held the normally potent Bulldog offense to just 150 yards of total offense and no touchdowns in the convincing victory. Western fell to No. 22 in the latest poll.

No. 8 College of Idaho held its ranking. The Yotes downed Carroll College 47-14 last week.

Morningside held on to the top spot receiving all 17 first place votes. Concordia (Mich.) fell to No. 10 after losing over the weekend.

The poll is voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences. The Top 25 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams.

The Orediggers are on the road this weekend. College of Idaho hosts the Orediggers Saturday in a rematch of the first game of the season.

2019 NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Poll 5 (October 14)

RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL [1st Place Votes] RECORD FINAL POINTS
1 1 Morningside (Iowa) [17] 5-0 392
2 2 Kansas Wesleyan 6-0 367
3 3 Marian (Ind.) 4-0 365
4 5 Grand View (Iowa) 6-0 346
5 6 Benedictine (Kan.) 5-1 316
6 7 Northwestern (Iowa) 5-0 310
7 8 Saint Francis (Ind.) 4-1 301
8 8 College of Idaho 5-0 295
9 10 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 6-0 278
10 4 Concordia (Mich.) 5-1 260
11 11 Cumberlands (Ky.) 5-0 238
12 12 Southeastern (Fla.) 5-0 214
13 13 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 3-2 202
14 14 Dickinson State (N.D.) 5-1 189
15 16 Langston (Okla.) 4-1 180
16 17 Evangel (Mo.) 5-1 160
17 18 Ottawa (Ariz.) 6-0 142
18 19 Keiser (Fla.) 5-0 130
19 22 Montana Tech 4-1 124
20 20 Reinhardt (Ga.) 5-2 121
21 21 Siena Heights (Mich.) 5-1 101
22 15 Montana Western 4-1 88
23 25 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 5-1 59
24 24 Baker (Kan.) 4-2 57
25 RV Sterling (Kan.) 5-1 42

Dropped Out: Bethel (Tenn.)

Others Receiving Votes: None



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