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Lenoir-Rhyne Football Finishes Ranked Fourth in Nation

The Lenoir-Rhyne football team finished ranked fourth in the final American Football Coaches Association polls. This ties for the second highest ranking in program history. The 2013 Bears that made it to the championship game finished in second place and the 2019 Bears finished fourth after a third round playoff defeat to West Florida.

Harding ends the 2023 season ranked No. 1 in the final AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll while Colorado School of Mines drops to No. 2. Two teams that lost to Harding in the playoffs finish the season at three and four. Grand Valley State (Mich.) lost a close game with the Bisons, 7-6, in the quarterfinals, while Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) fell in the semifinals.

The Bears wrap up a successful season that saw them tie the program record for most wins in a single season in program history. LR won a Divisional, Conference and Regional Championship this season, had two players named All-Americans and the team earned a spot in the National Semifinal.