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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, July 07, 2018 1:00 am

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Cougars picked to win league title

Saint Francis has been picked to repeat as Mid-States Football Association Mideast champions in a poll of the conference coaches, announced Friday.

The Cougars (14-0 in 2017), the two-time defending league champs, got six of the seven first-place votes and 47 points as the No.1 choice. The two-time defending NAIA champions went 6-0 in the division a year ago and 17-1 over the last three seasons in league play.

Saint Xavier was chosen to win in the Midwest League setting up an NAIA Top 10 showdown Sept. 23 when No. 1 Saint Francis plays at No. 6 Saint Xavier in Chicago.

Marian (7-3, 4-2 MEL) received 40 points to 39 for Concordia (9-2, 5-1) as the No. 2 pick in the division.

Concordia, which made its first-ever postseason appearance in 2017, drew the other first-place vote. Siena Heights (5-5, 3-3) and Taylor (4-6, 2-4) tied for the fourth spot with 22 points, followed by Missouri Baptist (3-8, 1-5) with 19 and Lindenwood-Belleville (0-10, 0-6) with 7.

Saint Xavier, which went 5-0 in winning its fourth Midwest League title a year ago and finished 10-2 overall, was mentioned No. 1 on five of the six MWL ballots. The Cougars garnered 35 points with St. Francis of Illinois (5-5, 4-1) receiving 27 points as the No. 2 pick, followed by Olivet Nazarene (6-5, 2-3) with 20 points.

As league champions in 2017, Saint Francis and Saint Xavier earned the MSFA's automatic berths to the NAIA tournament. Mid-States institutions have claimed six of the last seven NAIA titles.

– Journal Gazette