Are HAAC football coaches overlooking the Wildcats?

Despite winning three of their last four games and posting a 6-5 overall record and a 4-5 conference mark a year ago, the Culver Stockton Wildcats are picked to finish sixth in the six team Heart of America Athletic Conference North in 2015 according to the annual coaches poll. That late season run includes the Wildcats first ever win over Baker on the road at Baldwin City and the first win since 2007 over Evangel and just the second win ever against the Crusaders.

Heart of America Athletic Conference newcomer Grand View (IA) is picked to win the HAAC North. Mid America Nazarene is the coaches choice in the south.

Here’s how the poll looks. First place votes are in parentheses.

NORTH                        1st     points 
Grand View                    (4)           49
Benedictine                    (1)           45
William Penn                 (1)            44
Graceland                                      36
Peru State                                      34
Culver Stockton                              32

SOUTH                           1st     points
Mid America Nazarene    (4)           49
Missouri Valley                  (1)          46
Baker                                (1)          43
Evangel                                           37
Central Methodist                            35
Avila                                                 30

Culver Stockton opens the season at Mid America Nazarene on August 29. The home opener is September 5 against Baker. Kickoff for that game is set for noon.