The Georgetown College football team was the near-unanimous choice to win the East Division of the Mid-South Conference this season in a vote of coaches announced Wednesday.
The Tigers, who finished second in the East each of the past two seasons, received a league-best 25 points and five first-place votes. Georgetown was followed in the voting by Pikeville and Cumberlands, who received the other first-place vote.
Campbellsville and Reinhardt (Ga.), with 21 points and two first-place votes each, were picked to tie for the West Division crown. They were followed by Faulkner (Ala.) and Lindsey Wilson, each with 17 points and one first-place vote.
Coaches voted only within their division and were not allowed to vote for their own team.
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Georgetown, which boasts five East Division titles and a Mid-South-best 18 conference crowns, finished 8-3 overall and 5-1 in the league last season and lost in the first round of the NAIA playoffs.
Coach Bill Cronin's Tigers will need to replace starting quarterback Neal Pawsat and leading rusher Demonte Smith.
Campbellsville (7-4, 4-1 last season), also lost in the first round of the NAIA playoffs.
Lindsey Wilson (10-3, 6-0) won the East Division last season and reached the NAIA quarterfinals. The Blue Raiders were moved to the West for this year after Belhaven (Miss.) left the Mid-South Conference.
East Division Pts.
1. Georgetown (5) 25
2. Pikeville 18
3. Cumberlands (1) 14
3. Kentucky Christian 14
5. Union 12
6. Bluefield (Va.) 7
West Division Pts.
1. Campbellsville (2) 21
1. Reinhardt (Ga.) (2) 21
3. Faulkner (Ala.) (1) 17
3. Lindsey Wilson (1) 17
5. Bethel (Tenn.) 7
5. Cumberland (Tenn.) 7