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Hilltoppers Crack NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll

October 13, 2009

WACO, Texas – The West Liberty University football team made a little history Monday when the high-powered Hilltoppers appeared in the NCAA Division II Top 25 football poll for the first time.

      Coming off a 52-30 thrashing of West Virginia State on Saturday, West Liberty checked in at No. 21 when the national rankings were released this afternoon by the American Football Coaches Association.

West Liberty tailback Kevon Calhoun (34) weaves his way through traffic for a first down during Saturday’s 52-30 victory against West Virginia State. Calhoun rushed for 157 yards and 2 touchdowns on just 14 carries as the Hilltoppers took over the national scoring lead.

West Liberty tailback Kevon Calhoun (34) weaves his way through traffic for a first down during Saturday’s 52-30 victory against West Virginia State. Calhoun rushed for 157 yards and 2 touchdowns on just 14 carries as the Hilltoppers took over the national scoring lead.

      It’s the first time Coach Roger Waialae’s Hilltoppers have been ranked nationally since the West Virginia Conference achieved NCAA Division II status during the mid-1990s.

      “It’s always good to make it into the national rankings because of the positive recognition it brings to the university and our program,” Waialae said. “It doesn’t carry any weight as far as postseason play but I think it does show we’re starting to get some recognition in and out of the region and that’s a good thing.”

      West Liberty (6-1, 4-0) had just missed the Top 25 a week ago when the Hilltoppers received 23 votes in the weekly balloting.

      But West Liberty jumped up to 93 votes this week after taking over the national scoring lead (43.6 ppg.) with Saturday’s 52-point outburst against the Yellow Jackets and made the Top 25 with ease.

      The University of Charleston (7-0, 5-0) is the only other WVIAC team in the rankings. The Golden Eagles remained at No. 11 this week after outlasting Seton Hill, 59-43.

      Shepherd (5-2, 4-1) made its first appearance of the season among teams also receiving votes. The Rams, who hammered West Virginia Wesleyan by a 45-6 score on Saturday night, earned 2 votes in this week’s balloting.

      There was a change at the top of the poll as Grand Valley State (Mich.), which had been ranked No. 1 since the preseason, fell all the way to No. 8 after being upset, 27-24, by unranked Hillsdale (Mich.) on Saturday. Abilene Christian (7-0) received 23 of the 25 first-place votes to take over the No. 1 spot.

      West Liberty takes its national ranking and a 6-game winning streak on the road this weekend when the Hilltoppers visit Shepherd for a game which now carries significant implications on the conference, regional and national levels. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Ram Stadium. 

American Football Coaches Association

NCAA Division II Poll

(Oct. 12, 2009)

School W-L Pts LW

  1. Abilene Christian (23) 7-0 621 2

  2. North Alabama (2) 7-0 600 3

  3. Central Washington 7-0 570 4

  4. Bloomsburg (Pa.) 7-0 546 5

  5. NW Missouri State 6-1 521 6

  6. Minnesota St.-Mankato 7-0 492 7

  7. Texas A&M-Kingsville 7-0 450 9

  8. Grand Valley State  6-1 446 1

  9. Minnesota-Duluth 6-1 445 8

10. Albany State (Ga.) 6-0 401 10

11. CHARLESTON 7-0 362 11

12. Edinboro (Pa.) 6-1 334 13

13. Tarleton State, Texas 6-1 320 15

14. Central Missouri 6-1 303 16

15. Missouri Western 6-1 274 16

16. Nebraska-Kearney 6-1 249 21

17. UNC-Pembroke 6-1 157 25

18. Findlay 6-1 149 NR

19. Tuskegee, Ala. 5-2 127 24

20. Washburn, Kan. 5-2 113 12

21. WEST LIBERTY 6-1 93 NR

22. Midwestern State, Texas 5-2 91 18

23. Northern Michigan 5-1 76 NR

24. Wayne State, Neb. 5-2 68 14

25. Carson-Newman, Tenn. 5-2 57 NR

      Also receiving votes: Wingate, N.C. 54; California, Pa. 45; Angelo State, Texas 39; Hillsdale, Mich. 22; Bentley, Mass. 18; Saginaw Valley State (Mich.) 18; Nebraska-Omaha 15; Winona State, Minn. 12; Wayne State (Mich.) 10; Colorado School of Mines 8; Ouachita Baptist, Ark. 5; Bemidji State, Minn. 4; Delta State, Miss. 3; Shippensburg, Pa. 3; SHEPHERD 2; Ashland, Mich. 2.

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