Hastings College football tabbed 8th in GPAC, Franzen optimistic for season

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Published: Aug. 11, 2022 at 9:29 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (Press Release) - The Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) has announced the preseason football coaches’ poll for the 2022 season. Morningside is the preseason pick to win the GPAC championship. This is the second year that all GPAC schools will compete in football with the addition of Mount Marty last season.

Morningside was the 2021 NAIA Football National Champion, finishing with a record of 14-0, after defeating Grand View in the title game by a score of 38-28. Northwestern advanced to the semifinals of the NAIA Football Championship Series before falling to the Mustangs.

The Mustangs of Morningside totaled 100 points and ten first place votes. Northwestern was picked second with 91 points and one first place vote. Dordt was picked third with 77 points and Concordia was fourth with 72. Midland rounded out the top five with 69 points. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.

  1. Morningside (10 first-place votes)
  2. Northwestern (1)
  3. Dordt
  4. Concordia
  5. Midland
  6. Doane
  7. Dakota Wesleyan
  8. Hastings College
  9. Jamestown
  10. Briar Cliff
  11. Mount Marty

Broncos coach Matt Franzen provided the following statement to Local4 Sports: “Coming off a 2-8 season, that’s about as high a preseason rating as I would hope for. That said, I think we have the potential to finish much better than that.”

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