Tue, Oct. 21, 2008 - [Football]
Many positives came from the Statesmen football team's victory over then-#20 St. Francis (Ill.) last weekend, but the biggest has to be that Penn is now receiving national votes as the sixth NAIA's top 25 coaches poll was released by the national office yesterday.
Penn (4-3, 2-1 MWL) received one vote to be unofficially tied for 32nd in the NAIA. It is the first vote ever earned by the program since joining the NAIA in 2001.
Carroll (Mont.) remains the top team in the nation with an 8-0 record. The defending national champs received 418 points and all 18 first-place votes.
Four other Midwest League teams are ahead of the Statesmen in the poll, including St. Ambrose (#23), St. Francis (Ill.) (#29), and Quincy (Ill.) (#30).
Penn will look to continue its move up the national ladder as it travels to Lebanon, Ill. Saturday to face McKendree in Midwest League action at 1:30 p.m.