KANSAS CITY, Mo. – With 131 points in the first regular-season NAIA Top 25 Coaches' Poll, the Raven Football team has jumped to No. 16 after improving to 3-0 on Saturday.
The Ravens earned 23 points in the preseason poll and made a jump of 12 spots to make their debut inside the Top 25 for the first time this season.
Benedictine knocked off then-ranked No. 12 Missouri Valley College to open up the season and is coming off school-record scoring effort this past Saturday in their 72-14 win over Avila University.
Four Heart schools earned a spot in the first regular-season rankings on Monday. Baker University remained at No. 2 while Grand View University remained at No. 9. Joining the Ravens inside the Top 25 for the first time this season is their next opponent, MNU, who moved from completely out of the ratings to No. 19.
Missouri Valley and William Penn University dropped out of the Top 25 with Missouri Valley hanging on to one of the sports in the others receiving votes category with 10 points this week.
The next poll will be released on Monday, Sept. 18.
Through three games, the Ravens lead the NAIA in scoring offense with 151 points. They also rank second in total sacks by (12) and third-down conversion (69.8). They also rank fifth in total rushing offense (784) and rushing defense per game (48.7) while ranking sixth in scoring offense per game (50.3) and seventh in scoring defense per game (13.7).
Individually, Ejay Johnson ranks third in total rushing (389) and total scoring (36) while Aaron Jackson is fourth in total receiving yards (357) and fifth in total scoring (30). Daniel Freymuth ranks fifth in total sacks (3.5) while Jacob Young ranks fifth in total kick scoring (23) with Shaefer Schuetz ranking fifth in pass efficiency (206.9).
With the jump by both Benedictine and MNU, Saturday's match up at the Olathe District Activities Center between the Ravens and Pioneers sets up a Top 25 match up. Kick off is slated for 1 p.m. Check out our social media channels tomorrow and Wednesday for the opportunity to vote on a potential NAIA Football Game of the Week opportunity.