Central Remains Undefeated After 38-7 Win Over Humboldt StatePosted: Updated:
ELLENSBURG, Wash. -- For the second consecutive week, the Central Washington football team is ranked second in the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division II poll and are the number one team in the NCAA Division II Super Region Four ranking, released Monday.
The Wildcats are one of just three undefeated football teams in the NCAA Division II, joining North Alabama and Minnesota State (Mankato) with that distinction. The Lions and Mavericks are ranked first and fourth, respectively, in the AFCA Division II national poll and are the top-ranked teams in their respective super regions.
While CWU maintained its position atop the Super Region Four poll, losses elsewhere in the top 10 shuffled the rankings this week. Northwest Missouri State remains the number two ranked team in the super region (and moved to third nationally), while Missouri Western stayed put at number three regionally despite a loss on Saturday. Midwestern State (Texas), Texas A&M-Kingsville, and Tarleton State (Texas) all moved up with victories this past weekend, now listing fourth through sixth in the region, followed by Abilene Christian (Texas), Washburn (Kan.), Central Missouri, and Angelo State (Texas).
The top six teams in the each of the four super regions will qualify for the NCAA Division II Football Championship, with that field to be announced Nov. 8. Central Washington is aiming for its third straight championship appearance and its fourth trip to the playoffs over the past eight years.
Central Washington (9-0, 4-0 Great Northwest Athletic Conference) can secure its 32nd all-time conference championship with a win on Saturday (Oct. 31) at Dixie State (Utah). The Wildcats will then wrap up their regular season on Nov. 7 at Western Oregon.
Head Coach Blaine Bennett says his team is clicking in all phases of the game right now.
"We're in a pretty good spot," said Bennett. "We're running the ball a little bit better than we did last year, our defense is playing extremely well, and our special teams is good. Garrett Rolsma continues to kick big field goals for us. Our punt game is good and so it's all coming together and after nine weeks, it should. We're playing the best football of the season right now."