CANTON, Mo. — With a historic 8-3 finish for Culver-Stockton last fall, it was enough for coaches in the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC or Heart) to vote them to finish second in the conference’s North Division preseason poll.
The Wildcats are second next to three-time defending divisional champion Grand View. The conference coaches unanimously voted them the favorite in the division with five first-place votes and 25 total points.
Culver-Stockton received a total of 21 points. This comprises of four second-place votes and one first-place vote.
The Wildcats finished second in the North Division with a 4-1 record. Their only divisional loss was a 9-6 loss to eventual divisional champion Grand View in the divisional championship game.
Quarterback Jase Orndorff is returning this season. Orndorff has 2,133 yards and 21 touchdowns last season, only throwing four interceptions all season.
Junior safety David Hernandez and senior linebacker Eric Nicks also return to anchor a defensive corps that only allowed four touchdowns in five divisional games last season.
The Wildcats’ 2022 campaign opens on August 27 in an away game against Baker in Baldwin City, Kan.
Culver-Stockton season calendar
|August 27||11 a.m.||Away||Baker University||Baldwin City, Kan.|
|September 3||6 p.m.||Home||MidAmerica Nazarene University||Poulton Stadium|
|September 10||6 p.m.||Away||Evangel University||Ozark, Mo.|
|September 17||6 p.m.||Home||Missouri Valley College||Poulton Stadium|
|September 24||1 p.m.||Away||Central Methodist University||Fayette, Mo.|
|October 1||12 p.m.||Home||Benedictine College||Poulton Stadium|
|October 8||BYE WEEK|
|October 15||1 p.m.||Home||Graceland University||Poulton Stadium|
|October 22||1 p.m.||Home||Clarke University||Poulton Stadium|
|October 29||1 p.m.||Away||William Penn University||Oskaloosa, Iowa|
|November 5||1 p.m.||Home||Grand View University||Poulton Stadium|
|November 12||1 p.m.||Away||Peru State College||Peru, Neb.|
Jake Leonard, a broadcast media and journalism veteran, is the editor-in-chief of Heartland Newsfeed. Leonard is also GM and program director of Heartland Newsfeed Radio Network, wrestling editor and contributing writer for Ambush Sports, a contributing writer for My Sports Vote and Midwest Sports Network, and a former contributor to Bleacher Report and Overtime Heroics. He resides at home in Nokomis, Ill. with his dog Buster.