(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) - The Thomas More College football team is ranked in the Top-20 of both the Sporting News College Football Preview and Lindy's College Football Preview that hit the shelves at the end of May.
The Saints are ranked No. 14 by the Sporting News and No. 16 by Lindy's. Thomas More, who was ranked 19th in the final regular season AFCA Coaches' Poll and 21st in the internet website, D3football.com's Top-25, finished the 2013 season at 9-1 overall and 7-1 in the PAC as it won a share of its fifth PAC title in the last six years. It was the program's 18th winning season in the 24-year history of Thomas More football. The Saints closed out the season with their sixth-straight Bridge Bowl win over across-the-river rival, the College of Mount St. Joseph.
In addition to the Saints ranked in both publications, senior running back Domonique Hayden (Lexington, Ky./Lexington Christian Academy) was named to the Sporting News Preseason All-American Team and first team All-American by Lindy's. He earned three All-American honors at the end of the 2013 season. Hayden led all of NCAA Division III with a school record 2,017 yards rushing (201.7 yards per game) on 242 carries and had 25 touchdowns and also had 10 catches for 217 yards and three touchdowns. He has tied or owns the school record in single-game all-purpose yards (366), points in a game (30), points in a season (168), career points (384), rushing yards in a game (327), rushing touchdowns in a game (five) career rushing touchdowns (58), single-season rushing touchdowns (25) and single-season rushing yards (2,017).
Two of Thomas More's 2014 opponents are both ranked in the two polls as Wesley College is ranked No. 5 in both polls and Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) rival Washington & Jefferson College is ranked No. 22 in Lindy's and No. 24 in the Sporting News. The Saints open the season against Wesley on September 6 at Scott D. Miller Stadium in Dover, Delaware and play Washington & Jefferson at October 4 at 7 p.m. at Cameron Stadium in Washington, Pennsylvania.
The 2014 season will mark the 25th year of football at Thomas More College. The Saints are second among winningest NCAA Division III football team that have sponsored the sport for 20 years with a .7044 winning percentage (174-73). Thomas More only trails St. John's (Minn.) University, who has a .7049 winning percentage (590-240-24).