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.
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.