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Georgetown rises to No. 3 in latest NAIA Football poll, Lindsey Wilson cracks Top 20

The Lindsey Wilson football team moved up two spots to No. 20 in the latest edition of the NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced.

Joining Lindsey Wilson in the top 25 from the Mid-South Conference are No. 3 Georgetown, which moved up three spaces after defeating then-No. 4 Faulkner, 27-10, No. 9 Faulkner (Ala.), No. 12 Cumberland (Tenn.) and No. 25 Kentucky Christian.


The Blue Raiders received 95 total voting points from the panel of national raters. The move back into the top 20 comes two days after the Blue Raiders were able to hold on to defeat Cumberlands (Ky.) 31-28 at Blue Raider Stadium.

Trailing by three points, the Patriots had the ball at midfield with less than 30 seconds to play when Jordan Elery intercepted a deep pass attempt to seal the win for Lindsey Wilson.

The Blue Raiders are now 4-2 on the year and sit alone atop the Mid-South Conference East standings with a 2-0 record.

Morningside (Iowa) continues their hold on the No. 1 spot with 340 points and 14 first-place votes. Baker (Kan.) is second with 327 points and the final first-place vote followed by Georgetown at No. 3.

The Blue Raiders now prepare to hit the road for a 12:30 p.m. meeting with Kentucky Christian on Saturday.

Pawsat, Harris, Ingleton named Mid-South Players of Week

Georgetown’s (Ky.) Neal Pawsat and Josh Harris and Cumberlands’ (Ky.) Blake Ingleton, are the Mid-South Conference Football Players of the Week, conference officials announced.

The weekly honor is first of this season for all three players.

Pawsat engineered four scoring drives in the Tigers’ 27-10 win over No. 4-ranked Faulkner (Ala.) last Saturday to earn Mid-South Offensive Player of the Week. The Maysville, Ky., senior quarterback completed 17-of-31 passes for 233 yards and a touchdown to lead the Tigers to the win in the NAIA Football Game of the Week.

Pawsat ranks sixth in the Mid-South in both total offense per game (208.5) and passing yards per game (203.0). Nationally, Pawsat ranks 33rd in passing yards per game and 39th in total offense per game.

Harris finished with a game-high 14 tackles in the Tigers’ win to claim MSC Defensive Player of the Week. The Lexington, Ky., sophomore defensive back had 11 solo tackles and forced a fumble in the win. Harris and his defensive unit held the Faulkner offense — ranked fourth nationally in scoring entering the game — to 34 points below its average and to just one touchdown.

Harris is tied for 15th in the Mid-South averaging seven tackles per contest. He also has an interception and two pass deflections this season.

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Georgetown improves to 4-0 overall with the cross-division win. The Tigers are 1-0 in the MSC East. The Tigers host Cumberlands on Saturday.

Ingleton returned a kickoff 99 yards for touchdowns in the Patriots’ 31-28 loss to Lindsey Wilson last Saturday to earn the Mid-South Special Teams Player of the Week. The Canton, Ga., freshman running back answered 14 straight points by Lindsey Wilson with the career-long return to tie the game at 14-14. Ingleton also had a 65-yard return to end the game averaging 82 yards per return.

Ingleton leads the Mid-South and the NAIA averaging 59.3 yards per kickoff return this season. His 356 return yards ranks fourth in the MSC and 10th nationally.

From Lindsey Wilson Athletics/MSC

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