AFCA Division III Top 25: Saint John’s No. 5 with Backup QB

The Saint John’s Johnnies remained No. 5 in the American Football Coaches Association Division III Top 25, released on Oct. 25, but not without some drama.

The Johnnies lost starting quarterback Aaron Syverson in the third quarter to injury, with the Johnnies up 10-7. Senior backup Chris Backes led the Johnnies to 27 unanswered points in the game’s final 20 minutes to beat Gustavus Adolphus (Minn.), 37-7.

In fact, the Top 11 teams in the poll remained the same as last week.

The Top 10 in the poll included No. 1 North Central, No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor, No. 3 UW-Whitewater, No. 4 Mount Union, No. 5 Saint John’s, No. 6 Linfield, No. 7 Delaware Valley, No. 8 Hardin-Simmons, No. 9 Wheaton and No. 10 Central (IA).

After the Top 10, the rest of the AFCA Top 25 included No. 11 Union (NY), No. 12 UW-La Crosse, No. 13 Ithaca, No. 14 Salisbury, No. 15 Bethel (MN), No. 16 Cortland, No. 17 Muhlenberg, No. 18 Susquehanna, No. 19 Trinity (TX), No. 20 Johns Hopkins, No. 21 Birmingham-Southern, No. 22 John Carroll, No. 23 UW-Oshkosh, No. 24 Randolph-Macon and No. 25 Washington & Jefferson.

No one dropped out of the Top 25.

Also receiving votes were Baldwin-Wallace (Ohio), 72; Merchant Marine (N.Y.), 28; Redlands (Calif.), 24; Albion (Mich.), 21; Lake Forest (Ill.), 18; Wartburg (Iowa), 17; Whitworth (Wash.), 13; Westminster (Pa.), 12; Hobart (N.Y.), 11; Wabash (Ind.), 9; Howard Payne (Tex.), 8; Wisconsin-Stout, 6; DePauw (Ind.), 5; Trinity (Conn.), 5; Wisconsin-River Falls, 5; Rensselaer (N.Y.), 4; Ursinus (Pa.), 3; Ohio Wesleyan, 2; Washington (Mo.), 2; Washington & Lee (Va.), 2; Belhaven (Miss.), 1.

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