Evangel Football Picked Fourth In Preseason Poll

Evangel Football Picked Fourth In Preseason Poll

2017 Football Schedule 

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Evangel football team was picked to finish fourth in the 2017 Heart Preseason Coaches Poll released Monday.

The Crusaders are coming off a 4-7 season in which they finished fourth in the Heart South Division. 2016 Heart Division Champions Baker and Grand View were picked to repeat earning all five possible votes as coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team.

Missouri Valley earned the other remaining first place vote while MidAmerica Nazarene was tabbed to finish third. Central Methodist was picked fifth behind Evangel with Avila rounding out the poll in sixth.

Evangel kicks off the 2017 football season Thursday, August 24, at Grand View. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. against last year's North Division Champion.

The Crusaders will make their home debut at Tiger Stadium in Ozark, September 9, against Peru State. Evangel will also honor members of the original football teams from 1977-81 that weekend celebrating 40-years of Crusader football. For more information on the reunion weekend contact Phillip Dowden at 417-865-2815 Ext. 7260 or email dowdenp@evangel.edu.

2017 Heart Preseason Poll

South Division
Rank    Team                           Points

1          Baker (5)                       50

2          Missouri Valley (1)         46

3          MidAmerica Nazarene    42

4          Evangel                        37

5          Central Methodist          35

6          Avila                             30

North Division

Rank    Team                           Points

1          Grand View (5)              50

2          William Penn (1)            45

3          Benedictine                   43

4          Peru State                    38

5          Graceland                     34

6          Culver-Stockton             30

For the latest information on Evangel Athletics, follow the Crusaders on Facebook at Facebook.com/EvangelAthletics or go to www.EvangelAthletics.com. Fans can also receive updates on the team by downloading the Go Evangel Front Row App at EvangelAthletics.com/FrontRow available on Google Play and in the App Store.

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