Reinhardt (5-2, 3-0 Mid-South West) made the largest leap of any team in the NAIA coaches’ poll, vaulting five places to No. 19 after beating Belhaven 49-17 last Saturday.
The top seven teams in the poll remained unchanged, including top-ranked Morningside (Iowa).
Cumberlands, which held onto the No. 2 position for the fourth consecutive week, is 6-0 after defeating then-No. 11 Georgetown (Ky.) 38-25 last week. The Patriots are the lone unbeaten team in the Mid-South East at 4-0, while Reinhardt is the West Division leader.
Another Mid-South team climbing in the poll is Faulkner, which moved up four spots to No. 15. Other Mid-South teams ranked in the Top 25 are: Georgetown, which fell six places to No. 17, and Lindsey Wilson, which moved up a spot to No. 20 despite being idle.
Last week, Reinhardt made its debut in the poll at No. 24, making this week’s ranking the best in the young program history.
Monroe, Hrouda among Cherokee players honored for defensive play
Landon Monroe and Brandon Hrouda split the Defensive Player of the Week award given by the Cherokee County Gridiron Club for their efforts in Cherokee’s win over Etowah.
Also taking home awards for Cherokee were Jordan Freeman (offense) and Colton Rozanske (special teams).
On the other sideline, it was Oscar Garcia (offense), Chandler Steele (defense) and Bronson Rechsteiner (special teams) earning the honors for Etowah.
Woodstock’s Blake Jacobs (offense), Will Stumpf (defense) and Jerrail McMickens (special teams) took home awards, despite the Wolverines’ loss to Roswell.
Creekview squeaked out a victory over Cambridge with Ben McClellan’s late field goal, and for his efforts, McClellan was named the Grizzlies’ top special teams player. Roddy Ovetsky (offense) and Chase Brooks (defense) also took weekly honors.
Sequoyah’s William Vincent (offense), Kyle Wisniewski (defense) and James Harris (special teams) were honored for Sequoyah’s win over Forsyth Central.
The weekly award winners at River Ridge, following a loss to Cass, were Teodor Simeonov (offense), Wes Terry (defense) and Parris Collins (special teams).
Reinhardt women on verge of clinching AAC tourney’s top seed
Krista Barikos scored in the 59th minute of the game for the only goal as the Reinhardt women’s soccer team held onto its top spot in the Appalachian Athletic Conference standings with a 1-0 victory over Montreat on Sunday afternoon.
The Lady Eagles (11-3-1, 7-0-1) can clinch the top seed in the AAC championship with a win in either of their next two games. Reinhardt hosts Milligan on Sunday and Tennessee Wesleyan on Nov. 2.
Against Montreat, Stephanie Goins found Barikos just outside the box and to the keeper’s right. The senior lobbed a shot over goalkeeper Melina Wilkinson’s head and into the net for the lead.
Montreat nearly tied the score late in the game, but Reinhardt goalkeeper Taylor Asher dove to stop the shot with 3 seconds left to play.