Monday, August 8, 2011

Thomas More the pick in PAC

Three-time defending conference champion Thomas More College has been picked to again capture the 2011 football championship in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC), according to the preseason poll released at the 2011 PAC Football Media Day at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe today. Voters in the polls included conference head coaches, sports information directors (SIDs), and members of the media present at the conference media day.

The three-time defending PAC champion Saints of fifth-year head coach Jim Hilvert return 19 starters and 42 lettermen from last year's team which finished 11-1 overall, including a perfect 7-0 mark against conference competition. Thomas More earned 24 of 26 total first-place votes and 232 points in the conference poll to top second place Washington & Jefferson (200), followed by Waynesburg (165), Bethany and Grove City (tied with 117), Geneva (110), Saint Vincent (108), Westminster (78) and Thiel (43).

Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) 2011 Preseason Football Poll

2010
Points Record
1. Thomas More (24) 232 11-1 (7-0)
2. Washington & Jefferson (1) 200 9-2 (6-1)
3. Waynesburg (1) 165 6-4 (4-3)
4t. Bethany 117 5-5 (4-3)
4t. Grove City 117 5-5 (3-4)
6. Geneva 110 5-5 (n/a)
7. Saint Vincent 108 3-7 (3-4)
8. Westminster 78 2-8 (1-6)
9. Thiel 43 0-10 (0-7)

(xx) - first place votes


"It is an honor to be picked first again this year. This pick recognizes past and present players," said Hilvert. "But, last year is last year. We have a lot of hard work to do this year. We must play with a certain edge this year to accomplish the goals we set this off-season. In the PAC, you must be ready week in and week out. We must also stay healthy."

In the 2010 postseason, Thomas More topped Washington & Lee 42-14 in the NCAA first round before falling at Mary Hardin-Baylor in the second round. W&J captured the ECAC D-III Southwest Bowl with a 54-41 victory over Franklin & Marshall.

Following is the voting breakdown among coaches, SIDs and media:

Coaches
1. Thomas More (8) 80
2. Wash. & Jeff. 68
3. Waynesburg (1) 58
4. Grove City 46
5. Bethany 41
6. Saint Vincent 40
7. Geneva 32
8. Westminster 24
9. Thiel 17

SIDs
1. Thomas More (9) 89
2. Wash. & Jeff. (1) 76
3. Waynesburg 63
4t. Bethany 48
4t. Grove City 48
6t. Geneva 39
6t. Saint Vincent 39
8. Westminster 29
9. Thiel 19

Media
1. Thomas More (7) 63
2. Wash. & Jeff. 56
3. Waynesburg 44
4. Geneva 39
5. Saint Vincent 29
6. Bethany 28
7. Westminster 25
8. Grove City 23
9. Thiel 7

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a 2004 of Grove City College and am wondering if the Wolverines will ever be competitive in this conference let alone compete to win it; seems like forever since they have been a good team!!!!

August 9, 2011 at 10:55 PM  

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