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Bears Move Up Another Spot In National Polls PDF Print
Written by Staff Reports   
Tuesday, 19 November 2013 09:01

The Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team moved up one spot to No. 13 in this week's AFCA NCAA Division II Coaches Top 25 Poll. AFCA is the American Football Coaches Association.


Lenoir-Rhyne (10-1), which has won 10 straight contests, earned the top seed in Super Region II and will host an NCAA Division II Second Round Playoff game.


L-R will face the winner of a first-round game between Carson-Newman (9-2) and Newberry (9-2) on Saturday, November 30, at Moretz Stadium beginning at Noon.


Lenoir-Rhyne will be making its second straight appearance in the postseason after missing the playoffs for 50 years. Last year, L-R defeated Fort Valley State, 21-6, in the opening round of the playoffs for its first postseason win since 1962.


Lenoir-Rhyne hasn't won 10 games in a single season since an 11-1 mark in 1962 when the Bears advanced to the NAIA National Championship game. The Bears also matched their longest winning streak in 45 years.


Carson-Newman (No. 18) and Newberry (No. 25) are the other two conference schools also ranked nationally in the coaches poll this week.


Lenoir-Rhyne also won its third consecutive South Atlantic Conference Championship (2011-13) this fall. The Bears have now won the SAC Championship six times in school history.




Football Coaches Top 25 Poll

(November 18, 2013)

1. Minnesota State-Mankato 11-0

2. Northwest Missouri State 11-0

3. Colorado State-Pueblo 11-0

4. Henderson State (Ark.) 11-0

5. Minnesota-Duluth 10-1

6. Shepherd (W.Va.) 10-0

7. Ohio Dominican 10-0

8. North Carolina-Pembroke 9-1

9. Winston-Salem State (N.C.) 9-1

10. Indianapolis (Ind.) 10-1

11. Bloomsburg (Pa.) 10-1

12. St. Cloud State (Minn.) 10-1

13. Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) 10-1

14. Emporia State (Kan.) 9-1

15. West Chester (Pa.) 10-1

16. North Alabama 8-2

17. Pittsburg State (Kan.) 9-2

18. Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 9-2

19. West Texas A&M 9-2

20. Slippery Rock (Pa.) 9-2

21. Saginaw Valley State (Mich.) 9-2

22. Grand Valley State (Mich.) 9-2

23. Indiana (Pa.) 9-2

24. Virginia State 9-1

25. Newberry (S.C.) 9-2


Others receiving votes: Missouri Western St., 55; Azusa Pacific (Calif.), 45; West Alabama, 36; American International (Mass.), 21; Tuskegee (Ala.), 17; Colorado School of Mines, 13; Harding (Ark.), 12; Washburn (Kan.), 12; Midwestern St. (Texas), 11; Tarleton St. (Texas), 10; Delta St. (Miss.), 5; New Haven (Conn.), 3; Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), 3; Ferris St. (Mich.), 2.



Photo Courtesy: Jarrod Spears, L-R Athletics

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