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Montana Tech up 2 in NAIA football poll; Western holds at 24

Carroll receiving votes
Posted: 5:57 PM, Nov 04, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-04 19:57:18-05
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Montana Tech football team climbed to spots to No. 17 in the latest edition of the NAIA football coaches' poll, which was released on Monday.

The Orediggers (6-2) moved up a pair of spots after the weekend's 28-14 victory at Southern Oregon. Tech forced three fourth-quarter turnovers and kept the Raiders out of the end zone on red zone trips to secure their sixth Frontier Conference victory of the season, tied with Montana Western for second-best in the league.

College of Idaho, which remained No. 6 in the latest NAIA poll, is 8-0 this season. The Yotes host the Bulldogs, which held steady at No. 24, on Saturday in Caldwell. Western (6-2) swept the Frontier Conference player of the week honors on Monday, with receiver Nate Simkins, defensive back Dylan Pope and kicker/punter Joseph Lema collecting the weekly awards.

Carroll College received votes in the poll for a second-straight week, after the Saints defeated MSU-Northern 27-6 in a Saturday night contest in Havre. Carroll is now 5-3 on the season.

Morningside (Iowa) continues to hold the top ranking in the country, unanimously, after an 8-0 start. Marian (Ind.) and Kansas Wesleyan remained second and third in the poll, which is voted on by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences across the country. A team receives 25 points for a first-place vote, 24 for a second-place vote and so on.

The latest NAIA football coaches' poll can be found below.

NAIA football coaches' poll
Nov. 4, 2019

RANKLAST WEEKSCHOOL [1st Place Votes]RECORDFINAL POINTS
11Morningside (Iowa) [17]8-0392
22Marian (Ind.)7-0371
33Kansas Wesleyan9-0358
44Grand View (Iowa)9-0350
55Northwestern (Iowa)8-0327
66College of Idaho8-0321
77Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)8-0309
88Cumberlands (Ky.)8-0285
99Evangel (Mo.)8-1271
1010Keiser (Fla.)7-0247
1111Saint Xavier (Ill.)6-2244
1213Benedictine (Kan.)7-2224
1316Saint Francis (Ind.)6-2201
1415Concordia (Mich.)6-2196
1517Reinhardt (Ga.)8-2170
1618Southeastern (Fla.)7-1159
1719Montana Tech6-2148
1820Baker (Kan.)7-2122
1912Ottawa (Ariz.) (AZ)8-1121
2021Dickinson State (N.D.)7-2109
2114Siena Heights (Mich.)7-299
2222Langston (Okla.)6-281
2323Sterling (Kan.)7-176
2424Montana Western6-248
25RVIndiana Wesleyan6-232

Dropped Out: Waldorf (Iowa)

Receiving Votes: Valley City State (N.D.) 7, Carroll (Mont.) 4 and Dordt (Iowa) 3