Central hangs on in football rankings



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Freshman Carson Cummer hauls in one of his four pass receptions Saturday.

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Dutch move to No. 24 in D3football.com poll, No. 25 with AFCA, after Saturday setback

PELLA—Central College hung on to a spot in the D3football.com Top 25, slipping to No. 24 after suffering its first loss Saturday. Meanwhile, the Dutch debut at No. 25 in the initial American Football Coaches Association Coaches’ Poll.

The Dutch (2-1) were No. 12 a week ago in the D3football.com rankings but dropped a 38-35 decision to Loras College at Pella in the American Rivers opener for both squads.

League rival Wartburg College (3-0) made its first appearance in the rankings this season at No. 22 and is No. 23 in the AFCA poll.

North Central College (Ill.) remains at No. 1 in both rankings with a narrow edge over Saint John’s University (Minn.).

Central is off this week and returns to American Rivers to play with its first road game of the season Oct. 1 at Nebraska Wesleyan University.

D3football.com Top 25, Week 3 2022

Through games of Sept. 17, 2022:

Dropped out: No. 18 Muhlenberg; No. 24 Wis.—Platteville; No. 25 Washington & Jefferson.
Others receiving votes: RPI 32; Huntingdon 24; UW-Platteville 22; Lake Forest 20; George Fox 13; Washington U. 10; Berry 9; Muhlenberg 8; Washington & Jefferson 6; Ursinus 4; DePauw 4; Mount St. Joseph 2; Rowan 2; Case Western Reserve 1; Center 1; Endicott 1; Ripon 1; Salisbury 1.

2022 American Football Coaches Association Division III Coaches’ Poll – September 19, 2022
                                                                       

Rank School (1st votes) Rec. Pts. previous Last Week Next Game
1 North Central (Ill.) (34) 2-0 1149 D. Carthage (Wis.), 59-7 September 24 vs. Elmhurst (Ill.)
2 St. John’s (Minn.) (9) 2-0 1107 Idle September 24 at Bethel (Minn.)
3 Mount Union (Ohio) (2) 2-0 1085 D. Marietta (Ohio), 55-7 September 24 at Muskingum (Ohio)
4 Mary Hardin-Baylor (Tex.) (1) 2-1 951 D. Southwestern (Tex.), 68-14 September 24 at No. 6 Hardin-Simmons (Tex.)
5 Wisconsin-Whitewater 2-1 941 D. Berry (Ga.), 17-3 October 1 to No. 10 Wisconsin-La Crosse
6 Hardin-Simmons (Tex.) (1) 2-0 901 D. Wisconsin-Platteville, 41-0 September 24 vs. No. 4 Mary Hardin-Baylor (Tex.)
7 Linfield (Ore.) 2-0 827 D. Redlands (Calif.), 21-3 October 1 vs. Puget Sound (Wash.)
8 Trinity (Tex.) 3-0 819 D. Texas Lutheran, 52-14 October 1 at Hendrix (Ark.)
9 Johns Hopkins (Md.) 3-0 817 D. Juniata (Pa.), 70-0 September 23 vs. Moravian (Pa.)
10 Wisconsin-La Crosse 3-0 781 Mr. Wayne St. (Mich.), 28-21 October 1 vs. No. 5 Wisconsin-Whitewater
11 Delaware Valley (Pa.) 3-0 645 D. King’s (Pa.), 26-6 September 24 vs. Mercy (Pa.)
12 Cortland (NY) 3-0 643 D. Buffalo St. (NY), 66-7 October 1 vs. Morrisville St. (New York)
13 Ithaca (NY) 3-0 580 D. Alfred (NY), 52-3 October 1 at Hobart (NY)
14 Wheaton (Ill.) 1-1 499 D. Illinois Wesleyan, 42-7 September 24 at Augustana (Ill.)
15 Randolph-Macon (Va.) 3-0 375 D. Southern Virginia, 47-20 October 1 vs. Guilford (NC)
16 Wisconsin-Oshkosh 2-1 358 D. Millsaps (Miss.), 41-17 October 1 vs. Wisconsin-Platteville
17 Wisconsin-River Falls 2-1 312 D. Northwestern (Minn.), 63-27 October 1 vs. Wisconsin-Stevens Point
18 Heidelberg (Ohio) 3-0 308 D. Ohio Northern, 37-3 September 24 at John Carroll (Ohio)
19 Carnegie Mellon (Pa.) 3-0 253 D. Grove City (Pa.), 40-33 September 24 at Thiel (Pa.)
20 Albion (Mich.) 3-0 244 D. Rose-Hulman (Ind.) September 24 at Wisconsin-Eau Claire
21 Susquehanna (Pa.) 3-0 229 D. Moravian (Pa.), 37-3 September 24 at Dickinson (Pa.)
22 DePauw (Ind.) 3-0 202 D. Hiram (Ohio), 44-0 September 24 vs. Wooster (Ohio)
23 Wartburg, Iowa 3-0 196 D. Luther (Iowa), 62-0 September 24 at Dubuque (Iowa)
24 Union (NY) 3-0 158 D. Springfield (Mass.), 21-6 September 24 vs. Utica (NY)
25 central 2-1 122 Lost to Loras (Iowa), 38-35 October 1 at Nebraska Wesleyan

Others Receiving Votes: Bethel (Minn.), 117; Lake Forest (Ill.), 89; Stevenson (Md.), 65; Washington (Mo.), 59; Trine (Ind.), 49; Muhlenberg (Pa.), 41; Salisbury (Md.), 36; Berry (Ga.), 30; Mount St. Joseph (Ohio), 30; Rowan (NJ), 27; Rensselaer (NY), 25; Huntingdon (Ala.), 24; Endicott (Mass.), 23; George Fox (Ore.), 20; Ursinus (Pa.), 18; Center (Ky.), 14; Wabash (Ind.), 14; Washington & Jefferson (Pa.), 14; Aurora (Ill.), 12; Westminster (Pa.), 11; Wisconsin-Platteville, 11; Howard Payne (Tex.), 10; Belhaven (Miss.), 9; John Carroll (Ohio), 7; Gustavus Adolphus (Minn.), 4; Hope (Mich.), 4; Case Western Reserve (Ohio), 3; Chicago (Ill.), 3; Coe (Iowa), 3; Olivet (Mich.), 1.

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