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Red Raiders Picked Second In GPAC Poll

Contributed by admin on Aug 21, 2015 - 04:30 PM

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Northwestern College was picked second in both preseason polls announced today at the end of the 2015 GPAC Football Media Day held at the Marina Inn located in Sioux City, Iowa. 

The Red Raiders totaled 73 points and earned one first place vote in the coaches' poll, finishing second behind Morningside with 81 points and nine first place votes. Northwestern also was picked second behind Morningside in the media poll, totaling 80 points compared to the 90 points for the Mustangs. Doane was picked third in both polls, followed by either Hastings and Dakota Wesleyan depending on the poll.

Kyle Achterhoff returns for his seventh season as the Red Raiders' head coach and guided his team to the 2014 GPAC Championship, sharing the title with Morningside, with an 8-1 record. Achterhoff returns 19 starters, seven on offense, eight on defense and all four on special teams, along with 41 letterwinners. Northwestern opens the season on the road against Tabor under the lights in Hillsboro, Kan. on Sept. 5.