Tigers climb in national poll; Satterwhite named Player of the Week

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LIVINGSTON, Ala. -- West Alabama climbed one spot to No. 11 in this week's American Football Coaches Association Top 25 Poll after defeating Lenoir-Rhyne, 36-32, in the season opener last Thursday.

The Tigers are one of three Gulf South Conference teams in the top 25. West Florida (1-0) remained at No. 2, while West Georgia (1-0) climbed six positions to No. 13. Florida Tech, Valdosta State and Delta State all received votes.

The AFCA poll is one of two polls recognized for NCAA Division II teams. The D2football.com poll will be released later this week.

University of West Alabama quarterback Harry Satterwhite earned Gulf South Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors after the Tigers victory over the Bears.

A senior from Mobile, Alabama, Satterwhite completed 23-of-44 passes for 256 yards and two scores. He had touchdown passes to Dominique McNealey and Tyriq Martin. McNealey's was a 4-yard slant for the Tigers first touchdown and Martin's was on a 47-yard streak down the sideline.

A Harlon Hill Trophy finalist in 2017, Satterwhite also orchestrated a game-winning nine-play, 66-yard drive in a minute and 37 seconds that ended with a touchdown run by Tevin Moore with just 12 seconds to play. Satterwhite and All-American tight end Qua Boyd hooked up for five yards on a fouth-and-4 on the fourth play of the drive to keep UWA's hopes alive.

With his performance against Lenoir-Rhyne, Satterwhite has moved into fourth place on the all-time UWA passing yards list with 5,041. He is just the fifth quarterback in UWA history to pass for more than 5,000 yards.

Satterwhite and the Tigers host Miles College (0-1) Thursday at Tiger Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.