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Moving on up

Southern Oregon's dramatic comeback victory over Montana Western gave the Raiders a three-spot bump to No. 9 in the NAIA Top 25 coaches poll and an individual accolade to boot Monday.

Led by new starting quarterback Jack Singler, the Raiders drove 89 yards in the last three minutes to score the game-winning touchdown against then No. 22 Montana Western on Saturday at Raider Stadium.

The jump makes SOU (1-2, 1-1 Frontier Conference) the highest-ranked two-loss team in the country by eight spots and earned for Singler his first Frontier Conference offensive player of the week honor.

The NAIA top four did not change, as defending national champion Marian (Indiana) retained its spot as the unanimous No. 1 team in the country followed by Morningside (Iowa), Saint Francis (Indiana) and Baker (Kansas).

SOU is the highest-ranked team from the Frontier Conference, which was also represented in the Top 25 by No. 10 Montana Tech and No. 15 Eastern Oregon. Three more teams from the Frontier — Carroll, Montana Western and Rocky Mountain — dropped out of the Top 25 after losing.

Carroll (1-2) hosts Southern Oregon on Saturday.

Singler, a redshirt-senior from South Medford High School, completed 32 of 49 passes for 387 yards and two touchdowns in his first start as a Raider. On the game-winning drive, he completed 5 of 7 passes for 99 yards, including a seven-yard touchdown pass to Zack Davis with 51 seconds left.

Singler took over the starting role from Tanner Trosin, who's out indefinitely with a broken foot, according to head coach Craig Howard.

Weekly honors

Singler was one of four SOU athletes to earn a weekly best-of award from his conference. Also picking up kudos for the Raiders were Cascade Conference men's runner of the week Dylan Alexander, CCC volleyball attacker of the week Emma Gasman and CCC men's soccer offensive player of the week Dakota Scott.

Alexander, a senior from Encino, California, placed 13th overall and second among NAIA runners in the University of Washington's Sundodger Invitational on Saturday. Running against 290 men, Alexander finished the 8,000-meter course in 24 minutes, 49 seconds.

Gasman, a senior from Clovis, California, had 44 kills in two matches to lead the Raiders to a pair of five-set victories. She had a career-high 23 kills plus five blocks Friday against Multnomah and 21 kills the next night against Warner Pacific.

Scott, a senior from Tacoma, Washington, recorded the first hat trick in SOU men's soccer history in the Raiders' 11-0 win over Walla Walla on Friday.