WSC Football Ranked For First Time In Decade, Kowalczyk Named NSIC Defensive POW

WSC Football Ranked For First Time In Decade, Kowalczyk Named NSIC Defensive POW
Courtesy of Wayne State Athletics.

WAYNE – After earning a vote outside the top 25 rankings last week with their first win over a ranked opponent earlier in this season, the Wayne State College football team moved up to #23 for its first national ranking since October 10, 2011.

According to a release from the Wayne State Athletics office, the Wildcat football team is off to their best start (5-1) since that 2011 season.

WSC received 54 points in voting conducted by various Division II coaches from across the country in Monday’s AFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll.

The Wildcats defeated then #11 Minnesota State Saturday afternoon 35-24, dropping the Mavericks out of the rankings. It was the second win for the 5-1 Wildcats in three weeks over a nationally ranked opponent after WSC won at then #11 Minnesota Duluth in week four of the season, 31-28 who is now #18.

After several individuals were capable of earning an NSIC weekly accolated, freshman linebacker Alex Kowalczyk was tabbed the NSIC Football Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.

Kowalczyk, a 5-11, 210 pound linebacker from Sioux Falls, South Dakota (O’Gorman HS), accounted for 13 tackles, one sack, three tackles for loss and one pass breakup to help the Wildcats rally with 28 points in the fourth quarter for a 35-24 win over the Mavericks.  Kowalczyk had eight solo tackles and five assisted stops and ended with three tackles for loss for six yards to go with one sack for three yards.

For the season, Kowalczyk leads Wayne State in tackles with 44 and ranks sixth in the NSIC in tackles per game (7.3).  He is also tied for seventh in the NSIC in tackles for loss at 7.0 for 25 yards, which also leads the Wildcat defense.

The Wayne State College football team is 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the NSIC South Division following their first-ever win in 13 meetings against Minnesota State.  #23 WSC is next scheduled to be at home this Saturday hosting #22 Augustana (5-1, 1-1) in a 1 p.m. NSIC South Division contest at Bob Cunningham Field in Wayne.

West Florida remains at the top of the football rankings at #1.

 

AFCA Division II Coaches Top 25 Poll – Week #6 Poll: October 11, 2021
Rank  School (1st votes)                 Rec.     Pts.    Prev.     
1.    West Florida (30)                       5-0      750           1
2.    Northwest Missouri St.              5-0      701           2
3.    Ferris St. (Mich.)                        5-0      691           3
4.    Valdosta St. (Ga.)                      5-0      669           4
5.    Colorado School of Mines        6-0      624           5
6.    Slippery Rock (Pa.)                   6-0      598           6
7.    Grand Valley St. (Mich.)           5-0      576           7
8.    Wingate (N.C.)                           5-0      533           8
9.    Henderson St. (Ark.)                 6-0      508           9
10.    West Alabama                            6-0      475         10
11.    Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)             5-1      417         12
12.    West Georgia                             5-1      397         13
13.    California (Pa.)                           6-0      383         15
14.    Notre Dame (Ohio)                    5-1      357         14
15.    Shepherd (W.Va.)                      5-1      301        16t
16.    Bowie St. (Md.)                          5-1      288        16t
17.    Bentley (Mass.)                          6-0      281         18
18.    Minnesota-Duluth                      5-1      230         19     
19.    Midwestern St. (Texas)             5-1      218         20
20.    Harding (Ark.)                             5-1      181         21
21.    Nebraska-Kearney                    5-1      155         22
  22.    Augustana (S.D.)                       5-1      112         25     
 23.    Wayne St. (Neb.)                       5-1        54        NR   
24.    Western Colorado                     5-1        38        NR
25.    Kutztown (Pa.)                           5-1        30        NR

Dropped Out: Minnesota St. (11), Frostburg St. (Md.) (23), Chowan (N.C.) (24)

Others Receiving Votes: Indiana (Pa.), 23; Frostburg St. (Md.), 22; Truman St. (Mo.), 22; Minnesota St., 21; Southeastern Oklahoma, 15; Charleston (W.Va.), 13; Pittsburg St. (Kan.), 12; Albany St. (Ga.), 11; Angelo St. (Texas), 11; Chowan (N.C.), 10; Washburn (Kan.), 8; Colorado St.-Pueblo, 5; Colorado Mesa, 3; Shippensburg (Pa.), 3; Ohio Dominican, 2; Indianapolis (Ind.), 1; Savannah St. (Ga.).

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