August 10, 2011

Linfield picked to repeat in NWC

2011 NWC Football Coaches' Pre-Season Poll: 2010 records
School (1st) Pts. All NWC
1. Linfield (Ore.) (5) 40 9-2 6-0
2. Willamette (Ore.) (2) 34 7-3 4-2
3. Pacific Lutheran (Wash.)   26 8-1 5-1
4. Whitworth (Wash.)   20 5-5 3-3
5. Lewis & Clark (Ore.)   16 4-5 2-4
6. Puget Sound (Wash.)   11 2-7 1-5
7. Pacific (Ore.)   7 0-9 0-6
(First-place votes in parenthesis. Points awarded on 7-5-4-3-2-1 basis).

Defending champion Linfield is a strong favorite to repeat as Northwest Conference football champions in 2011, according to the preseason poll of league coaches. For the first time the coaches were not allowed to vote for their own school.

The Wildcats, who advanced to the NCAA Division III second round last year and finished 9-2 after an unbeaten conference slate, picked up five out of seven first place votes and totaled 40 points in the poll. Linfield returns a strong defense, led by seniors Drew Fisher and Nate Dixon, a pair of All-NWC defensive backs.  But the Wildcats will have to overcome the graduation of two-time conference Offensive Player of the Year Aaron Boehme (QB) and 2010 NWC Defensive Player of the Year Eric Hedin (DE).  Linfield will benefit from the return of Aaron Williams, a running back who was a First Team All-Conference selection in 2009 but missed the 2010 season with injury.

Willamette had two of the first place votes and four second place votes for a total of 34 points in the poll. Senior defensive lineman Juan Alvarado, a First Team All-NWC selection in 2010, will lead a stout Bearcat defense.  Senior Kenny Miller anchors what should be a big offensive line, but Willamette will need to replace Scott Schoettgen, who graduated as the Bearcats' all-time leading reciever.

Pacific Lutheran had a breakthrough year in 2010 and the Lutes find themselves just behind the favorites in the 2011 poll with 26 points.  The Lutes graduated four First Team All-NWC players on offense, but All-NWC DB Sean McFadden returns for his sophomore season after sparking PLU's defense with an All-Conference freshman campaign.

Whitworth is fourth in the poll with 20 points.  The Pirates will have a very different look on offense now that All-NWC running back Adam Anderson has graduated.  But Whitworth returns every starter on the offensive line, including senior Emilio Sulpizio at center.

Lewis & Clark (16 points in the poll) won four games in 2010, the highest Pioneer win total since 1995.  All-NWC quarterback Keith Welch and D3football.com preseason All-American tight end Shawn Evans return to help spark L&C to further success.  Senior DB Chris Kelly will lead the Pio defense.

Puget Sound is sixth in the poll with 11 points.  The Loggers look to continue their resurgence under second-year head coach Jeff Thomas and explosive WR Adam Kniffen, who earned First Team All-NWC as a sophomore in 2010.

Pacific (Ore.) is seventh with 7 points. The Boxers were explosive at times offensively last year in their first season, thanks in part to WR Jordan Fukumoto, who earned Second Team All-NWC as a first-year player.

The season will officially get underway on Sept. 3 when Willamette hosts UW-Stevens Point, Pacific hosts Simon Fraser and Whitworth heads to Chapman.

Sep. 23: All times Eastern
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at Bridgewater State 34, Fitchburg State 25
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Sep. 24: All times Eastern
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Christopher Newport 17, at TCNJ 0
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at Hobart 27, Union 23
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at Thomas More 20, Carnegie Mellon 16
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at Massachusetts Maritime 32, Worcester State 14
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at Endicott 37, Nichols 0
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MIT 30, at Maine Maritime 13
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at Buffalo State 40, Morrisville State 24
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at Salve Regina 48, Coast Guard 10
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St. Lawrence 20, at RPI 14
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at Framingham State 23, Western Connecticut 17
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at Montclair State 21, Rowan 14
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at Stevenson 54, FDU-Florham 15
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at Trinity (Conn.) 38, Bates 7
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at Western New England 59, Curry 28
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at Utica 24, Cortland 13
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Colby 9, at Williams 7
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at Middlebury 40, Bowdoin 3
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at Amherst 34, Hamilton 0
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Kean 24, at William Paterson 13
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at DePauw 66, Hiram 17
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Franklin and Marshall 45, at Juniata 22
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at Kenyon 31, Allegheny 7
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Salisbury 35, at Southern Virginia 0
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Albright 20, at Delaware Valley 17
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Lycoming 28, at Misericordia 24
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at Plymouth State 30, Mass-Dartmouth 14
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at Husson 35, Alfred State 0
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at Springfield 28, WPI 23
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at Moravian 24, Dickinson 10
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at Denison 45, Wooster 7
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at Wittenberg 24, Wabash 14
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at St. Vincent 57, Grove City 32
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at Susquehanna 55, Gettysburg 40
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at King's 21, Lebanon Valley 17
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at Alfred 20, Ithaca 6
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at Widener 25, Wilkes 23
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at McDaniel 30, Ursinus 27
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at Muskingum 28, Marietta 10
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at Minnesota-Morris 28, Iowa Wesleyan 27
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at John Carroll 42, Heidelberg 14
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Ohio Northern 16, at Otterbein 10
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Case Western Reserve 35, at Waynesburg 7
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at Franklin 44, Bluffton 38
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Rose-Hulman 23, at Defiance 15
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at Centre 49, Chicago 27
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at Mount St. Joseph 38, Manchester 19
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Hanover 49, at Anderson 25
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at Merchant Marine 55, Rochester 7
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Johns Hopkins 30, at Muhlenberg 24
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Concordia-Chicago 42, at Maranatha Baptist 10
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Washington U. 36, at Birmingham-Southern 21
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UW-Platteville 56, at Lakeland 0
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at Northwestern (Minn.) 38, Martin Luther 20
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at Eureka 28, MacMurray 13
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at Westminster (Mo.) 35, Greenville 14
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Dubuque 30, at Luther 17
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Monmouth 52, at Lake Forest 6
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St. Thomas 33, at St. John's 21
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at Augsburg 49, Carleton 17
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Bethel 44, at St. Olaf 7
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at Hamline 42, Gustavus Adolphus 40
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at UW-Whitewater 35, Morningside 21
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at Hardin-Simmons 48, Texas Lutheran 38
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at UW-River Falls 42, Southwestern 22
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Simpson 17, at Buena Vista 9
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at St. Scholastica 49, Crown 13
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Cornell 46, at Beloit 41
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at Carthage 27, Augustana 24
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Coe 48, at Nebraska Wesleyan 17
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at Wartburg 56, Finlandia 0
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at Wheaton (Ill.) 10, Elmhurst 6
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Hendrix 42, at Millsaps 14
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Illinois Wesleyan 45, at North Park 10
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at Macalester 34, Grinnell 0
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at Ripon 33, Knox 19
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Illinois College 40, at Lawrence 15
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UW-Oshkosh 77, at Morthland College (Ill.) 0
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Central 42, at Loras 34
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at Geneva 35, Thiel 27
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UW-Eau Claire 40, at Wisconsin Lutheran 14
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St. John Fisher 42, at Brockport 38
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UW-Stevens Point 44, at Adrian 19
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UW-La Crosse 41, at Carroll 7
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at Berry 41, Sewanee 3
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Westminster (Pa.) 38, at Bethany 9
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Ohio Wesleyan 29, at Oberlin 16
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at Tufts 17, Wesleyan 14
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Mount Union 49, at Baldwin Wallace 7
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at Capital 35, Wilmington 21
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at Southwestern Assemblies 23, Austin 17
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Langston at McMurry
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at North Central (Ill.) 42, Millikin 7
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at Chapman 19, Trinity (Texas) 17
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Sep. 29: All times Eastern
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Randolph-Macon at Shenandoah
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Sep. 24: All times Eastern
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at Thomas More 20, Carnegie Mellon 16
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at Hobart 27, Union 23
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Christopher Newport 17, at TCNJ 0
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at Wittenberg 24, Wabash 14
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Salisbury 35, at Southern Virginia 0
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Albright 20, at Delaware Valley 17
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at Utica 24, Cortland 13
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at Stevenson 54, FDU-Florham 15
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at Franklin 44, Bluffton 38
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Johns Hopkins 30, at Muhlenberg 24
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St. Thomas 33, at St. John's 21
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at UW-Whitewater 35, Morningside 21
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at Hardin-Simmons 48, Texas Lutheran 38
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at Wheaton (Ill.) 10, Elmhurst 6
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UW-Platteville 56, at Lakeland 0
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UW-Oshkosh 77, at Morthland College (Ill.) 0
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Central 42, at Loras 34
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St. John Fisher 42, at Brockport 38
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Mount Union 49, at Baldwin Wallace 7
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at North Central (Ill.) 42, Millikin 7
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