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Football - Mon, Jul. 31, 2017

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Two-time defending division champions Grand View and Baker were each picked to repeat as North and South Division winners, respectively, in the 2017 Heart Football Coaches' Preseason Poll.

For the second-straight preseason, Grand View received five of six first place votes and earned the maximum of 50 points. Grand View returning starters included conference offensive player of the year quarterback Jordan Knock. Also returning for the Vikings offensively is Josh Roberts, Jake Quirk, Alex Brammer, Trey Smith, Jake Grau, Marshal Clark. Defensively, Jake Shoultz, Jevon Willis, and Jeremy Johnson return for Grand View.

North Division co-champion William Penn claimed the remaining first place tally and was picked to finish second with 45 points after posting a 4-1 mark in division play for the second-straight season. Benedictine tallied 43 voting points to get picked in third place, while Peru State, Graceland, and Culver-Stockton rounded out the divisional prediction.

Baker also received five of six first place votes for a maximum 50 points as the Wildcats went unbeaten at 5-0 in the South Division for the second-straight season. Missouri Valley tallied the final first place vote and was picked second with 46 points, while MidAmerica Nazarene earned 42 points to get picked third. Evangel edged Central Methodist by two points for fourth place in the poll, with Avila rounding out the South division table.

The 2017 season kicks off with a special Thursday night clash on Thursday, August 24 as Evangel travels to Grand View at 6:30 p.m. The remainder of the conference opens the campaign later that weekend on Saturday, August 26. The third season of the Heart Game of the Week on ESPN3, KSMO and Mediacom will kick off in Atchison, Kan. as Benedictine hosts Missouri Valley inside Larry Wilcox Stadium at 11:00 a.m.

Northern Division

Southern Division


Grand View


William Penn

Missouri Valley


MidAmerica Nazarene

Peru State



Central Methodist



Overall HAAC Streak
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