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Nebraska City News-Press - Nebraska City, NE
  • Bobcats picked 24th in NAIA preseason poll

  • Defending national champion Grand View (Iowa) begins the season as the No. 1 ranked team in the 2014 NAIA Football Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Monday. Grand View, which was the unanimous top-team with 15 first-place votes and 340 points, finished the 2013 season with a program-best 14-0 record.
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  • Defending national champion Grand View (Iowa) begins the season as the No. 1 ranked team in the 2014 NAIA Football Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Monday. Grand View, which was the unanimous top-team with 15 first-place votes and 340 points, finished the 2013 season with a program-best 14-0 record.
    The Bobcats from Peru State were picked 24th to begin the 2014 campaign – the same position they finished in at the end of the 2013 season.
    The Vikings, led by 2013 AFCA-NAIA Coach of the Year Mike Woodley, are predicted to claim at least a share of their fourth-straight Mid-States Football Association Midwest (MSFAW) League title. Grand View is captained by junior quarterback and 2013 Russell Athletic-NAIA Football National Championship Outstanding Offensive Player of the Game Derek Fulton. Last season, Fulton ranked among the top 10 nationally in total offense (4,158), total passing (3,451), pass efficiency (157.9) and total offense per game (297).
    National semifinalist Carroll (Mont.) checks in at No. 2 with 322 points. The Fighting Saints, who fell to defending national runner-up Cumberlands (Ky.), 34-27, in overtime, return three key members of their 2013 squad in running back Dustin Rinker, linebacker Sean Blomquist and defensive back James Dowgin. All three were named All-Americans last season.
    No. 3 Morningside (Iowa), which has reached at least the semifinals of the NAIA Football Championship Series the last two seasons, received 308 points. The Mustangs were tabbed to win their fourth-straight Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) title by the league's coaches at their annual conference media day on August 7.
    Cumberlands and Baker (Kan.) round out the top five with 306 and 285 points, respectively.
    The Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) – No. 8 Tabor (Kan.), No. 14 Ottawa (Kan.), No. 15 Sterling (Kan.) and No. 19 Friends (Kan.) – and the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) – Baker, No. 7 Missouri Valley, No. 11 Benedictine (Kan.) and No. 24 Peru State (Neb.) – boast the most teams amongst the Top 25 with four programs each. Four other leagues – MSFAW, Frontier Conference, GPAC and the Mid-South Conference East Division – have three ranked teams.
    Peru State and No. 19 Friends will meet on September 13 in the KCAC/HAAC Challenge in the Oak Bowl in Peru with the game beginning at 7 p.m.  The following week, the 'Cats will travel to Marshall, Mo., to take on No. 7 Missouri Valley.  Baker University will visit the Oak Bowl on Oct. 4 for Peru State's Homecoming.  Two weeks later, the Bobcats will travel to Atchison, Kan., to face No. 11 Benedictine. 
    The entire Bobcat football schedule can be found at http://goo.gl/zF00ly.

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