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Blue Raiders move up to No. 17 in NAIA Coaches Poll; Haney named Player of Week

Two days after defeating No. 25 Kentucky Christian on the road, Lindsey Wilson moved up to No. 17 in the latest NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced.

The Blue Raiders received 128 total voting points from the panel of national raters, moving ujp three spots from last week after a decisive 31-7 win over then-No. 25 Kentucky Christian.


Joining the Blue Raiders in the top 25 from the Mid-South Conference is Faulkner (Ala.) at No. 7, Georgetown (Ky.) at No. 9, Cumberland (Tenn.) at No. 11 and Campbellsville (Ky.) at No. 24.

Morningside (Iowa) retains the top overall spot for the fourth-consecutive week with 340 points and 14 first-place votes. Baker (Kan.) remains No. 2 with 327 total points and the final first-place vote. Caroll (Mont.) moves up one spot to No. 3 with 309 total points.

The Blue Raiders are off this week, but return to action on Oct. 25 when they host Belhaven (Miss.) at 1:30 p.m.

Lindsey Wilson junior Josh Haney is the Mid-South Conference Special Teams Player of the Week, conference officials said. Haney recovered a block punt and returned it 20 yards for a touchdown in the Blue Raiders’ 31-7 win at Kentucky Christian last Saturday.

The Florence, Ala., running back provided the first touchdown of the game with the scoop and score to give Lindsey Wilson a 10-0 lead in the third quarter after a scoreless first half.

He added 39 rushing yards to help the Blue Raiders remain unbeaten in the MSC East Division. Haney is the second Blue Raider this season to earn MSC Player of the Week honors after Andrew Wahl earned Defensive Player of the Week honors on Sept. 1.

Lindsey Wilson is now 5-2 on the season and a perfect 3-0 in the MSC East.

Campbellsville’s (Ky.) Jacob Russell and Bluefield’s (Va.) Carlton Toussaint were also named Mid-South Conference Football Players of the Week.

The weekly honor is Russell’s second of the season after earning the award on Sept. 1. Toussaint pick up his first weekly award of the season.

Russell set season-highs in completions and pass attempts as he helped the Tigers to a 28-24 upset win over No. 3-ranked Georgetown (Ky.) last Saturday to earn Mid-South Offensive Player of the Week.

The Lawrenceburg, Ky., senior quarterback completed 28-of-43 passes for 312 yards and three touchdowns to help Campbellsville to its third all-time win over a top-10 opponent.

His 312 yards marks the second time this season that Russell has eclipsed the 300-yard plateau — the first Tiger quarterback in the program’s history to have two 300-yard passing games in a season.

Russell ranks third in the Mid-South in both passing yards per game (254.5) and passing efficiency (150.5). He is fourth in the conference in total offense per game (255.0). Nationally, Russell is eighth in passing efficiency and 18th in passing yards per game.

Campbellsville improves to 4-2 overall with last week’s win. The Tigers lead the Mid-South West Division with a 2-0 record. Campbellsville is off this week and returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 25 as it travels to No. 12-ranked Cumberland (Tenn.).

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Toussaint set a program-record with three interceptions in Bluefield’s 45-27 win at Belhaven (Miss.) on Saturday to claim MSC Defensive Player of the Week.

The Orange, N.J., freshman defensive back’s first interception led to a Bluefield field goal as the Rams took a 31-21 lead into halftime. Toussaint’s second and third picks stopped a pair of Blazer drives in the fourth quarter to preserve the Rams’ first Mid-South win.

Toussaint added four tackles in the win. He is tied for second in the Mid-South and eighth in the NAIA with four interceptions this season.

Bluefield improves to 2-5 overall with the cross-division win. The Rams are 0-2 in the MSC East. Bluefield travels to Union (Ky.) on Saturday.

From Lindsey Wilson Athletics/MSC Communications

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