Mid-South coaches pick Georgetown to repeat as East champion

Georgetown College, winner of 27 consecutive regular-season games, was named the favorite to win the Mid-South Conference East Division in a pre-season vote of coaches announced Friday.

Georgetown has won three consecutive East Division titles.

Bethel (Tenn.) and Belhaven (Miss.) were voted the co-favorites to win the West Division.

Georgetown received 35 voting points from the East coaches, including five of the seven first-place votes. Bethel and Belhaven each picked up 20 points. Bethel received three first-place votes from the West coaches while Belhaven garnered two first-place votes.

Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own teams.

Georgetown finished 10-1 last season after falling to Bethel in the first round of the NAIA Football Championship Series playoffs.

The Tigers open the 2013 season on Sept. 5 with a home game against Ohio Dominican College.

Cumberlands was projected to finish second in the East with 32 points, including the other two first-place votes. The Patriots finished 2012 with a 10-2 record and reached the Football Championship Series quarterfinals.

Next were Kentucky Christian (24 points), Lindsey Wilson (22), Union (15), Pikeville (13) and Bluefield (6).

Lindsey Wilson and Bluefield move to the East Division in 2013 after playing in the West last season.

Following Bethel and Belhaven in the West voting were Cumberland (Tenn.) and Faulkner (Ala.) with 17 points each. Cumberland received the final first-place vote.

Next were Campbellsville with 11 points, Mid-South newcomer Reinhardt (Ga.) with five.