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Viking Football Picked Second in Heart Southern Division

Contributed by admin on Aug 20, 2015 - 11:10 PM

Marshall, Mo. (August 3, 2015)- The Missouri Valley College football team was picked to finished No. 2 in the new Heart of America Athletic Conference Southern Division.  The 2015 Preseason Heart of America Athletic Conference Coaches’ Division Poll was released Monday before the Heart Media Dayin Olathe, Kan.

 

Missouri Valley received 46 points in the division poll, including one first place vote.  The Vikings finished three points behind MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) University, which received four first place votes and 49 points.  Baker (Kan.) University was picked to finish third with one first place vote and 43 points.  Evangel (Mo.) University came in at No. 4, followed by Central Methodist (Mo.) University at No. 5 and Avila (Mo.) University picked last in the Heart Southern Division.  Grand View (Iowa) University was picked to win the Heart Northern Division with four first place votes and 49 total points.

 

The Heart will split up into two six-team divisions beginning with the 2015 season after the additions of Grand View and William Penn (Iowa) University that expanded the conference to 12 teams .  All teams in the Heart will play each other during the regular season, but each division winner will receive an automatic berth into the NAIA FCS based on records against conference opponents.

 

The Missouri Valley football team enters the 2015 season after winning a fourth-straight Heart championship, playing in a fourth-straight NAIA Football Championship Series and finishing with a 9-3 overall record in 2014.  The Vikings are currently ranked No. 8 in the latest edition of the NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll.

 

The Vikings return a number of starters from last year’s team, including a pair of 2014 Second Team All-Conference selections; Senior Offensive Lineman Zavon Moore (Grandview, Mo.) and Sophomore Jake King (Blue Springs, Mo.) who both attended Media Day Monday.

 

“We are looking forward to getting the 2015 season started,” said Football Head Coach Paul Troth.  “We have some good veteran leadership coming back, and with the addition of two new programs, the Heart is going to be a very competitive conference from top to bottom in each division.”

 

Missouri Valley will open its 2015 season at home August 29 against No. 18 William Penn (Iowa) University at 6 p.m., at Gregg-Mitchell Field.  The Vikings will also play three Nationally televised games during the regular season.  The games will be broadcast Nationally on ESPN 3 and in the Kansas City, Mo., television market on KSMO-TV.  Those games take place Sept. 5 at home against Graceland (Iowa) University, Sept. 12 at No. 18 Benedictine (Kan.) College and Oct. 3 at Culver-Stockton (Mo.) College.  All televised games have an 11 a.m., kickoff.