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NWC Holds At #2 In NAIA Rankings, Dordt Falls To 19th

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Northwestern College football team (3-0, 2-0 GPAC) is ranked second and Dordt fell to 19th in the initial regular season poll released by the National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Monday.

For Northwestern, the season started with a dominant victory over the Presentation College Saints (0-3, 0-0 NSAA) 66-9 for the only non-conference contest this season. Northwestern has started GPAC play in style, defeating Hastings (0-2, 0-2 GPAC) on Senior Day 45-13 and Midland (1-2, 1-1 GPAC) on Saturday in dramatic style, 35-29 in overtime.

Dordt dropped their first game of the season with a 25-24 loss to Midland, then rebounded with a dominant 61-10 win over Hastings on Saturday.

The two top-5 teams from the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) squads hold steady in Northwestern and Morningside. Dordt drops from No. 14 to No. 19 in this week’s poll.

GPAC In the Rankings:
No. 2 Northwestern Red Raiders (3-0, 2-0 GPAC)
No. 3 Morningside Mustangs (2-0, 2-0 GPAC)
No. 19 Dordt Defenders (1-1, 1-1 GPAC)

RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL [FIRST-PLACE VOTES] WON POINTS
1 1 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) [18] 2-0 418
2 2 Northwestern (Iowa) 3-0 398
3 3 Morningside (Iowa) 2-0 390
4 5 Grand View (Iowa) 3-0 370
5 6 Concordia (Mich.) 1-0 354
6 10 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 1-0 316
7 8 Reinhardt (Ga.) 1-1 305
8 4 Keiser (Fla.) 1-1 302
9 9 Marian (Ind.) 1-1 285
10 12 Bethel (Kan.) 2-0 278
11 13 Georgetown (Ky.) 2-0 273
12 7 Baker (Kan.) 2-1 254
13 18 Eastern Oregon 2-0 227
14 16 Saint Francis (Ind.) 0-0 204
15 21 Avila (Mo.) 2-0 154
16 24 Kansas Wesleyan 2-0 145
16 20 Roosevelt (Ill.) 1-0 145
18 23 Ottawa (Ariz.) 2-0 142
19 14 Dordt (Iowa) 1-1 107
20 25 Southwestern (Kan.) 2-0 98
21 NR Valley City State (N.D.) 2-0 73
22 15 Arizona Christian 1-1 70
23 NR Montana Western 2-1 67
24 NR Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 2-0 64
25 NR Indiana Wesleyan 1-0 37

Dropped from the poll: College of Idaho, Dickinson State (N.D.), Benedictine (Kan.)

Receiving Votes: Faulkner (Ala.) 35; College of Idaho 26; Texas Wesleyan 24; Cumberlands (Ky.) 15; Dickinson State (N.D.) 12; Benedictine (Kan.) 6; Waldorf (Iowa) 5; Culver-Stockton (Mo.) 4