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Montana Tech receiver Dion Williams hauls in a second-quarter touchdown pass despite the defensive efforts of Eastern Oregon's Isaiah Richie in the Orediggers' 62-14 rout of the Mountaineers.

Al Balderas, 406mtsports.com

HELENA -- Montana Tech is firmly entrenched as the No. 5 team in the nation.

The latest NAIA Top 25 poll released Monday, and the Frontier’s frontrunner, Tech, held strong at No. 5 as it improved to a 4-0 record. Montana Tech dismantled Eastern Oregon 62-14, which helped knock the Mountaineers out of the poll, and also helped earn quarterback Quinn McQueary a nod as the NAIA’s top offensive player of the week. The quarterback completed 23 of 38 passes for 341 yards, five passing touchdowns and a rushing score in the win.

Eastern Oregon, last week’s No. 23 team, fell from the polls. After a stellar 2016 season, the Mounties had high hopes entering 2017. But a 1-3 start has the team reeling near the midway point of the season.

Southern Oregon, the Frontier’s other top talent, jumped from No. 13 to No. 9 this week, after defeating the Carroll College Saints 35-14. Southern Oregon has also started the season 4-0. Quarterback Tanner Trosin and the Raiders’ overall team speed have Southern Oregon looking like a playoff team.

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Rocky Mountain College nearly broke the Top 25, receiving 10 votes, four shy of cracking the list. Rocky is 3-2 this season with losses to No. 5 Montana Tech and No. 20 Dickinson State.

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