WESTMONT, Ill. - The Newberry College Indians are ranked No. 11 in the Don Hansen's Football Gazette Division II Top 40 poll, which was released today. Newberry (4-0) rose one spot in the poll following Saturday's 64-9 victory over West Georgia.
The Indians' defense forced five turnovers, which the offense converted into 28 points. The Indians recorded their first safety since 2004 and the special teams had a stellar night. Antonio Patton and Andre Moyd both returned kickoffs for touchdowns, while punter Bryant Blanton had all three of his punts fall inside the 20-yard line.
The offense was led by a thrid consecutive 150-yard rushing performance from senior running back Alex Haynes. Haynes, Charles Brandon and Hamilton Sims all rushed for a touchdown, while Tharry Salley and Derek Young rushed for two scores apiece.
The Indians are the highest-ranked South Atlantic Conference team in the Football Gazette poll for the third week running. Newberry's opponent this week, Carson-Newman, is ranked 15th. Catawba is ranked 21st, while Wingate is 30th and Mars Hill is 31st.
Newberry begins its South Atlantic Conference schedule on Saturday when it visits the Eagles of Carson-Newman. Kickoff at Burke-Tarr Stadium in Jefferson City, Tenn., is slated for 1 p.m. The game will be available for viewing on the NCAA's Division II webstream at http://www.cstv.com/ncaa/divii/ .
To view the complete Football Gazette poll, click here.