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 Post subject: Re: NCAA Div II and PSAC Football 2013
PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2013 2:33 pm 
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So there are all the game reports. On yesterday's Bloomsburg-West Chester, the game was remarkably close when one considers the Huskies turned the ball over 5 times. Furthermore, the Huskies' special teams constantly gave the Golden Rams a lot of advantageous field position. As has happened before this season, the Huskies' pass defense was also at best quite leaky. One needs to give West Chester credit for exploiting the Huskies' errors and shortcomings throughout the game, and credit needs to be given to the Golden Rams for doing so. All in all, it was, however, a great year for the Huskies who won the overall PSAC championship and did make it to the playoffs. I certainly believe that Franklyn Quiteh should be awarded the Harlon Hill Trophy several weeks from now. I don't think there is a stronger case for any other Div II football player out there. As for West Chester, the Golden Rams have had a great season. It was fun going out to see them play at Farrell Stadium on a number of occasions this season. Next week they must journey down to Shepherdstown to play the Rams of Shepherd University in Div II quarterfinals. As a PSAC fan, I wish WCU the best. I have already made my prediction, so I will not belabor that issue. Whatever the outcome, the Golden Rams can hold their heads high. See you all next week with all the quarterfinal results, game reports, and predictions for the national semifinals on December 14. Hopefully there will be some television coverage of next Saturday's games. Ciao!


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 Post subject: Re: NCAA Div II and PSAC Football 2013
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PSAC East Awards

Bloomsburg's Franklyn Quiteh
Lock Haven, Pa. – A record-breaking season and career for Bloomsburg's Franklyn Quiteh earned him PSAC East Offensive Athlete of the Year, while Shippensburg's Jake Metz was named the PSAC East Defensive Athlete of the Year, as selected by the league's head coaches.

East Stroudsburg's Robert Healy was tabbed the PSAC East Freshman of the Year – marking the second time in as many years East Stroudsburg has earned the Freshman of the Year award. Bloomsburg's Paul Darragh was named the Coach of the Year after leading the Huskies to a 10-1 season and into the Second Round of the NCAA Division II Football Championship tournament.

Quiteh, the PSAC Football Championship MVP, currently leads Division II in rushing yards (1,987) and rushing touchdowns (27). Quiteh also holds the most rushing yards, touchdowns, rushing yards per game, points, and all-purpose yards among all active NCAA players across all divisions. The Tobyhanna native is the PSAC all-time leader in rushing yards (7,315), rushing touchdowns (85), overall touchdowns (89), and points (536). Quiteh led the Huskies to their first PSAC Championship crown since 1985 with a 42-38 win over Slippery Rock. He found the endzone three times during the title game, including the game-winning touchdown with just 27 seconds left on the game clock.

Metz, Shippensburg's first-ever Defensive Athlete of the Year fb
Shippensurg's Jake Metz
award winner, was the driving force behind Shippensburg's defense in 2013 with 62 total tackles, 36 of which were solo, and 18 tackles for loss for a conference high 113 yards. The Souderton graduate charted five pass breakups in his senior campaign along with three quarterback hurries. Metz finished his collegiate career with 55 tackles for loss to become Shippensburg's all-time career tackles for loss leader.

East Stroudsburg's Robert Healy
Healy rushed for 1,129 yards this season, the second-most in East Stroudsburg history. He broke the Warriors' freshman rushing record by 20 yards, and ran for more than 100 yards on five occasions. Healyranks atop all freshmen in the PSAC with 102.6 yards per game rushing, and ranks fifth among league leaders.

Interim Head Coach Paul Darragh took over the Bloomsburg program in February and is the only coach in Bloomsburg history to start their tenure with a 7-0 record. Darragh served as the Huskies' defensive coordinator for the last 16 years. He led the Huskies to its first PSAC Championship title since 1985, a 10-1 overall record, and a spot in the NCAA Championship tournament.

The 2013 East All-PSAC teams mark the fourth appearance on the All-PSAC First Team for Quiteh, while Bloomsburg's Dan Fisher has made an All-Conference squad all four years of his career. Bloomsburg's Brian Clarke is a three-time honoree, along with Shippensburg's Brian Sourber, Bloomsburg's Justin Shirk, Shippensburg's Tyriq Kershaw, Lock Haven's Anthony Herko, and Metz.

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 Post subject: Re: NCAA Div II and PSAC Football 2013
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PSAC West Awards

Lock Haven, Pa. – Slippery Rock's Nigel Barksdale was named PSAC West Offensive Athlete of the Year, while Clarion's Julian Howsare was deemed PSAC West Defensive Athlete of the Year, as selected by the league's head coaches.

Edinboro's wide receiver Darren Massey clinched PSAC West Freshman of the Year honors, and Slippery Rock's head coach Dr. George Mihalik is the PSAC West Coach of the Year after leading the program to the PSAC Western Division title and a trip to the NCAA Division II Football Championship tournament.

Barksdale has led Slippery Rock to the top of Division II's offensive charts in 2013. The Rock have accumulated 6,228 yards of total offense this season for a league-high average of 566.6 yards per outing. He ranks first in the PSAC and fourth amongst Division II leaders in total offense (372.4ypg). Barksdale holds the Slippery Rock record for single season yards of total offense (4,096), passing yards (3,669yds), passing yards per game (333.5ypg), and touchdown passes (30).

Howsare accumulated 83 tackles in 2013 and a team-high 46 fb
Clarion's Julian Howsare
solo tackles for an average of 7.5 takedowns per game. He led the Western Division in sacks this season with 9.5 for 58 yards, while also leading the West in tackles for loss with 16.5 for a loss of 75 yards. The Altoona native also registered two interceptions for 12 yards, four pass breakups, and a pair of forced fumbles this season. Howsarealso blocked four kicks this season, including two blocked punts against Seton Hill.

Massey played key roles for Edinboro's offense and special teams in his rookie season. He finished the year averaging 48.4 yards per game receiving with 26 catches for 339 yards and four touchdowns. On kick returns, Massey averaged 20.6 yards per return with 10 fb
Edinboro's Darren Massey
attempts and a total of 206 yards. He led Edinboro in scoring with six touchdowns comprised of four receiving touchdowns, a rushing touchdown, and a touchdown on a blocked punt. In Edinboro's 36-30 upset of IUP, he found the endzone three times with 117 reception yards on six catches.

Coach Mihalik has been at the helm of the Slippery Rock program for 26 seasons and has led The Rock to six PSAC Western Division titles during his tenure. He has also led the squad to four NCAA Championship tournament berths, but 2013 marks the team's first berth since 1999. He has now earned five PSAC West Coach of the Year awards, most recently in 2011.

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 Post subject: Re: NCAA Div II and PSAC Football 2013
PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2013 6:23 pm 
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All PSAC East Team

First Team Offense
Pos. Player University Yr. Hometown / Previous School
Quarterback Zach Zulli* Shippensburg Sr. Schwenksville / Perkiomen Valley
Running Back Ian Sadon Millersville R-Sr. Baltimore, Md. / Parkville
Rondell White* West Chester Sr. West Chester / Rustin
Franklyn Quiteh*** Bloomsburg Sr. Tobyhanna / Pocono Mountain West
Offensive Tackle Matt Feiler* Bloomsburg Sr. Strasburg / Lampeter Strasburg
Justin Bathurst West Chester Sr. Landsdale / North Penn
Offensive Guard Trey Farmer^ West Chester Sr. Hatfield / North Penn
Brian Clarke** Bloomsburg Sr. Hanover / Hanover
Center Derek Schatz West Chester Jr. Churchville / Council Rock South
Tight End Steve Jones East Stroudsburg R-Jr. Harleysville / La Salle College HS
Wide Receiver Trevor Harman* Shippensburg Jr. Mechanicsburg / Cumberland Valley
Robert Bleiler East Stroudsburg R-Sr. Dillsburg / Northern
Sheldon Mayer Shippensburg Jr. Norristown / Norristown Area
Placekicker Dan Fisher**^ Bloomsburg Sr. Liverpool / Central Dauphin

First Team Defense
Pos. Player University Yr. Hometown / Previous School
Defensive Line Jake Metz^* Shippensburg Sr. Harleysville / Souderton
Bryan Thomson* East Stroudsburg R-Jr. Keyport, N.J. / Keyport
Larry Webster* Bloomsburg Sr. Hagerstown, Md. / Elkton
Ariene Gardner Cheyney Sr. Wilmington, Del. / Hodgson Tech
Chris Kennedy* Bloomsburg Sr. Phoenixville / Archbishop Carroll
Linebacker Ronell Williams* West Chester Jr. Chester / Chester
Isaiah Fleming* Cheyney Jr. Wilmington, Del. / Newark/Hargrave Military Ac.
Brian Sourber^^ Shippensburg Jr. Lancaster / Manheim Township
Justin Shirk^^ Bloomsburg R-Jr. Harrisburg / Central Dauphin
Defensive Back Alex DiNolfi Kutztown R-Sr. Norristown / Norristown
Tyriq Kershaw*^ Shippensburg Sr. Media / Penncrest
Al-Hajj Shabazz West Chester Jr. Philadelphia / Jonh Bartram
Avery Coleman* Shippensburg Sr. Media / Penncrest
Return Specialist Sheldon Mayer Shippensburg Jr. Norristown / Norristown Area
Punter Nate Schmidt Shippensburg Sr. Jim Thorpe / Jim Thorpe
Second Team Offense
Pos. Player University Yr. Hometown / Previous School
Quarterback Matt Soltes East Stroudsburg R-So. Vernon, N.J. / Vernon
Running Back Robert Healy East Stroudsburg R-Fr. East Meadow, N.Y. / East Meadow
Blair Brooks Shippensburg Jr. Wayne / Conestoga
Brandon Brader Lock Haven Gr. Bethlehem / Liberty
Offensive Tackle Cody Laubach East Stroudsburg So. Emmaus / Emmaus
Adam Citko West Chester Sr. Southampton / Delaware
Offensive Guard James Colivas West Chester Jr. Drexel Hill / Monsignor Bonner
Anthony Herko^^ Lock Haven Sr. Pittsburgh / Bethel Park
Center Chris Steck Bloomsburg Sr. Mt. Carmel / Mt. Carmel
Tight End Alex Kuljian Shippensburg Jr. Temecula, Calif. / Great Oak
Wide Receiver Kodi Reed Kutztown R-So. Hanover / Delone Catholic
Erick Brundidge West Chester Jr. Philadelphia / Northeast
James Wilbern Lock Haven Sr. Steelton / Steelton-Highspire
Placekicker Shawn Leo West Chester Sr. Harleysville / Souderton

Second Team Defense
Pos. Player University Yr. Hometown / Previous School
Defensive Line Andrew Cohen West Chester So. Holland / Council Rock South
Zach Greenwald Kutztown Jr. Gibbstown, N.J. / Paulsboro
Tyrek Morgan Lock Haven Sr. Pittsburgh / Oliver
Dainen Green Shippensburg Sr. Glassboro, N.J. / Glassboro
Eric Edwers West Chester Sr. Mount Vernon, N.Y. / Milford Academy
Linebacker Javier Garcia Cheyney R-Sr. Pleasantville, N.J. / Pleasantville
Sam Dixon-Dougan Kutztown Jr. Secane / Ridley
Cody Simcox East Stroudsburg Jr. Sinking Spring / Maine
Mike Labor West Chester Jr. Havertown / St. Joseph's Prep
Defensive Back Mike Goode^ Shippensburg Sr. Norristown / Norristown Area
Shawn Krautzel^ West Chester Sr. Prospect Park / Interboro
Gary Postell Bloomsburg R-So. Philadelphia / Bishop McDevitt
Phil Boyd Shippensburg So. Coatesville / Coatesville
Return Specialist Lawrence Elliott Jr. Bloomsburg Fr. Utica, N.Y. / Thomas R. Proctor
Punter Jordan Bair East Stroudsburg Jr. Harrisburg / Central Dauphin

* Indicates previous All-PSAC first team selection
^ Indicates previous All-PSAC second team selection

Offensive Athlete of the Year: Franklyn Quiteh, RB, Bloomsburg
Defensive Athlete of the Year: Jake Metz, DL, Shippensburg
Freshman of the Year: Robert Healy, RB, East Stroudsburg
Coach of the Year: Paul Darragh, Bloomsburg


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All PSAC West Team

First Team Offense
Pos. Player University Yr. Hometown / Previous School
Quarterback Nigel Barksdale Slippery Rock Sr. San Jacinto, Calif. / San Jacinto
Running Back Jansen Jones Gannon R-Sr. Rochester, N.Y. / Penfield
Brandon Brown-Dukes* Mercyhurst R-So. Orlando, Fla. / Winter Park
De'Antwan Williams^ IUP R-Sr. Woodbridge, Va. / Woodbridge
Offensive Tackle Cory Tucker Slippery Rock R-Fr. South Park / South Park
Byron Dovales** IUP R-Sr. Reading / Muhlenberg
Offensive Guard Ben Gysin Mercyhurst R-Jr. East Palestine, OH / East Palestine
Mike Charmo IUP Sr. Hamilton, Va. / Loundon Valley
Center Jack Abercrombie^ California Jr. Horsham / Hatboro-Horsham
Tight End R.J. Miller Mercyhurst R-Fr. Pittsburgh / North Hills
Wide Receiver John Schademan Slippery Rock R-Sr. Pittsburgh / Bethel Park
Mike Williams* California Sr. Hershey / Milton Hershey
Terrill Barnes IUP Sr. Gettysburg / Gettysburg
Placekicker Steven Wakefield^ Mercyhurst Sr. Rochester, N.Y. / Greece Athena

First Team Defense
Pos. Player University Yr. Hometown / Previous School
Defensive Line Julian Howsare* Clarion Jr. Altoona / Altoona
Derek Walker^ Slippery Rock R-Sr. Pittsburgh / Brashear
Tony Papley Slippery Rock R-Sr. Slippery Rock / Slippery Rock
Dustin Galich^^ Mercyhurst Sr. Erie / McDowell
BJ Stevens* California Sr. Monroeville / Gateway
Linebacker Tyler Zimmer Seton Hill Jr. Harrison City / Penn Trafford
Carl Fleming* IUP R-Sr. Reisterstown, Md. / Franklin
Gary Allen Slippery Rock Sr. Pittsburgh / North Allegheny
Quindell Dean^ Slippery Rock R-Sr. Uniontown / Uniontown
Defensive Back Dewey McDonald California Sr. Ranson, W.Va. / Jefferson
Terrell Holloway IUP R-Sr. Penn Hills / Penn Hills
Austin Miele Slippery Rock Jr. Valencia / Mars
Anthony Saunders^ Slippery Rock R-Sr. New Kensington / Valley
Return Specialist Justin Caliste^* Gannon Jr. Roseville, Calif. / Oakmont
Punter James McCombie Slippery Rock Sr. Nicktown / Bishop Carroll

Second Team Offense
Pos. Player University Yr. Hometown / Previous School
Quarterback Liam Nadler Gannon R-So. Leipsic, Ohio / Leipsic Local
Running Back Allen Jones^ Mercyhurst Sr. Youngstown, Ohio / Youngstown State
Teddy Blakeman Slippery Rock R-Jr. Penn Hills / Penn Hills
Shamar Greene Slippery Rock R-Fr. Duquesne / West Mifflin
Offensive Tackle Mike Felker ^^ Clarion Sr. Gibsonia / Pine-Richland
Kelson Patterson Gannon R-Jr. Silver Spring, Md. / Albert Einstein
Offensive Guard Alex Davis Gannon R-Jr. Erie / Strong Vincent
Nick Carnicella IUP R-Sr. Greensburg / Hempfield
Center Steve Reinhardt Mercyhurst R-Sr. Bradford / Bradford
Tight End Julian Harrell Slippery Rock Jr. Harrisburg / Bishop McDeavitt
Wide Receiver Ben Eisel Edinboro Jr. Salem, Ohio / Salem
Jaimire Dutrieuille Slippery Rock So. Pittsburgh / Woodland Hills
Trey Johnson California Sr. Rochester / Rochester
Placekicker Brett Ullman** IUP Jr. Baltimore, Md. / Perry Hall

Second Team Defense
Pos. Player University Yr. Hometown / Previous School
Defensive Line Noah Taylor California Sr. Pittsburgh / Woodland Hills
Matt Shuey Clarion Jr. Johnsonburg / Johnsonburg
Bobby Kmetz Edinboro Sr. Monrovia, Md. / Urbana
Chris Williams Edinboro Sr. Oakfield, N.Y. / Oakfield-Alabama
Matt Peacock Slippery Rock Jr. Stockton, Calif. / Merrill F. West
Linebacker Luke Rankie Gannon R-Jr. Lockport, N.Y. / Lockport
Dorian Lane IUP Jr. Pittsburgh / Woodland Hills
Mike Shansky Edinboro So. Beaver Falls / Blackhawk
Pat Brehm Mercyhurst R-Jr. Chagrin Fall, Ohio / Kenston
Defensive Back Colin Kimball Mercyhurst Jr. Erie / McDowell
Devin Ghafoor Edinboro Jr. Pittsburgh / Perry Traditional Academy
CJ Townes California Sr. Joppatowne, Md. / Joppatowne
Aaron Terry California Fr. Pasadena, Md. / Chesapeake
Return Specialist Terrell Roberson California Jr. Pittsburgh / Penn Hills
Punter Andy Cerett* California So. Huntingdon / Huntingdon
* Indicates previous All-PSAC first team selection
^ Indicates previous All-PSAC second team selection

Offensive Athlete of the Year: Nigel Barksdale, QB, Slippery Rock
Defensive Athlete of the Year: Julian Howsare, DL, Clarion
Freshman of the Year: Darren Massey, WR, Edinboro
Coach of the Year: Dr. George Mihalik, Slippery Rock


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 Post subject: Re: NCAA Div II and PSAC Football 2013
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Well here are the NCAA Div II quarterfinal scores. West Chester defeated an offensively inept Shepherd 28-7. Hurrah for the Golden Rams and the PSACs as they move to the national semifinals--must say the officiating was tacky, but WCU deserved the win. Lenoir Rhyne outlasted North Alabama 42-39 and the magical season continues, Grand Valley State outscored West Texas A& M 35-28 and the Lakers' roll continues, and Northwest Missouri State showed why they are the favorite to win it all by trouncing St. Cloud 59-21. Husky once again split on his picks and is now at 10-10 for the playoffs. Rather mediocre. I will not yet make any picks for next week's semifinals, as I don't know yet where the games will be played. I am hoping for a home game for West Chester, as I have never seen live a Div II semifinal game.


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West Chester in the Div II National Semi-Finals

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV – Al-Hajj Shabazz and Brandon Pepper returned a pair of interceptions for touchdowns 17 seconds apart in the fourth quarter to break open a tight game and lead No. 15 West Chester to a 28-7 victory over No. 6 Shepherd in the Super Region 1 Championship of the NCAA Division II Tournament Saturday at Rams Stadium.

West Chester (13-1) moves on to the national semifinals where the Golden Rams will face Lenoir-Rhyne (12-1), who was a 42-39 winner over North Alabama in the Super Region 2 Championship Game Saturday. Shepherd (11-1) suffered its first defeat of the season with the playoff loss.

Shabazz intercepted Shepherd QB Jeff Ziemba's fourth-down pass at the West Chester 24-yard line and raced down the near sideline with an escort for a 76-yard touchdown that put the Golden Rams up 21-7 with 6:17 to play in the game.

Pepper than stepped in front of Ziemba's first-down pass attempt on the Rams' very next drive and took it to the house, putting host Shepherd in a 28-7 hole with exactly six minutes left to play. Pepper then intercepted Ziemba's very next pass at Shepherd's 45-yard line to salt away the game for West Chester. It ended a string of three straight interceptions on three consecutive plays from scrimmage.

The Golden Rams then ran out the clock on a nine-play drive to advance to the national semifinals for the first time since 2004 and just the second time in school history.

"Our defense stepped up today," West Chester head coach Bill Zwaan said. "That is as good as I've seen them play all year. I don't think I've ever seen back-to-back interceptions returned for a touchdown before."

Harlon Hill finalist Rondell White rushed for 94 yards and one touchdown in the game. His 3-yard scamper up the middle staked West Chester to a 7-0 lead with six minutes left in the first quarter.

Shepherd's Jabre Lolley tied the game on a 2-yard run of his own with 28 seconds left in the opening frame. West Chester QB Sean McCartney then hit Sr., WR LaRonn Lee for a 31-yard TD pass early in the second quarter to put the visitors back on top, 14-7.

That is the way things stayed until Shabazz grabbed Ziemba's fourth-down throw in the fourth quarter and took off.

"We were all screaming for (Shabazz) to knock it down because it was fourth down," Zwaan explained. "Then, we all started yelling, 'Go, go, go.

"But, boy, both defenses played really well today. (Shepherd) made some adjustments at halftime, and we struggled offensively in the second half."

West Chester racked up 304 yards of total offense while Shepherd was limited to 271. It marked just the third time this year that Shepherd allowed an opponent more than 300 yards of total offense in a game.

"(WCU CB Blaise Schieler) played amazing today," Shabazz said afterwards. "I know that he didn't have a pick. But, he played amazing. We have some young guys in our secondary. But, they stepped up today. I think we have been disrespected a little bit this year. We are a lot better now … in leaps and bounds."

Lee finished with three catches for 93 yards, including his 31-yard TD reception. The senior has been battling injuries for much of the 2013 campaign, but has come to play in the postseason.

"Words cannot express how I feel right now. This is something great to be a part of," Lee commented. "(WCU QB Sean McCartney) is the supportive base for this team. We have a whole lot of emotional people on this team. But, Sean is the one that tells us to calm down and focus."

Lolley finished with 69 yards rushing on 15 attempts for Shepherd. Ziemba went 13-for-31 for 151 yards, but threw three interceptions. William McKenzie caught five passes for 49 yards as well.

West Chester's Brandon Pepper picked up two more takeaways on Saturday with his two interceptions. He has now intercepted a pass in each of the Golden Rams' three postseason contests. He has three INTs and one forced fumble combined in the team's three NCAA Tournament games.

The start time and location for next Saturday's NCAA semifinal will be determined by the NCAA on a conference call Saturday night. The other semifinal will pit Northwest Missouri State against Grand Valley State. Northwest Missouri State defeated St. Cloud State, 59-21, while Grand Valley State defeated West Texas A&M, 35-28, in the other quarterfinal matchups in Division II.

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Lenoir-Rhyne Football Outlasts North Alabama, 42-39, To Reach The Semifinals
December 7, 2013
L-R runs its winning streak to 12 games and will face West Chester in the semifinals next Saturday

Lenoir-Rhyne senior quarterback Josh Justice scored twice to lead the Bears to a 42-39 win over North Alabama at home on Saturday to advance to the NCAA Division II Football National Semifinals.Lenoir-Rhyne senior quarterback Josh Justice scored twice to lead the Bears to a 42-39 win over North Alabama at home on Saturday to advance to the NCAA Division II Football National Semifinals.
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Hickory, N.C. - The Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team (12-1) held on to defeat North Alabama (10-3), 42-39, Saturday afternoon at Moretz Stadium in an NCAA Division II National Quarterfinal game.
L-R, winners of 12 straight contests, will face 15th-ranked West Chester (13-1) in the national semifinals next Saturday. The site of the contest will be determined on Sunday.
West Chester downed Shepherd, 28-7, in a quarterfinal game Saturday afternoon in Shepherdstown, W.Va.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior quarterback Josh Justice (Belmont, N.C.) rushed for two touchdowns in the second half and senior defensive back Michael Green (Kingsland, Ga.) returned an interception 55 yards for a score on the second play of the game to lift the Bears to the win.
Lenoir-Rhyne, ranked No. 13 in NCAA Division II, also rushed for 377 yards in the contest and held on to win after taking leads of 28-7 and 35-14.
North Alabama's Luke Wingo (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) passed for three touchdowns while Jason Smith (Gurley, Ala.) caught seven passes for 169 yards including touchdown receptions of 71 and 48 yards, respectively, but the Lions' rally came up short.
Smith's 48-yard touchdown reception came on a flea flicker and cut the margin to 35-32 with 9:04 remaining in the contest but L-R responded with a seven-play, 53-yard drive capped off by a 22-yard touchdown run by Justice for a 42-32 advantage with 2:38 left.
North Alabama, ranked No. 16 in the nation, scored with 1:24 on the clock but Lenoir-Rhyne recovered an onside kick and ran the clock out for the win. The Lions also saw their nine-game winning streak snapped.
Justice led the Bears with 89 yards on the ground and junior halfback Jarrod Spears (Bunnlevel, N.C.) added 80 yards rushing and a 40-yard touchdown run while Green finished with nine tackles and two fumble recoveries to lead the defense. L-R also won 12 games in a season for the first time in school history.
North Alabama's Lamonte Thompson (Florence, Ala.) scored on a 90-yard kickoff return and a six-yard reception while Gabe Poe (Pheba, Miss.) led the defense with a game-high 17 tackles in the losing effort. The two teams played for the first time in school history.

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Second Half Shutout Leads GVSU to Semifinals, 35-28

ALLENDALE, Mich. - The Grand Valley State football team is back in the NCAA Division II Football Playoff Semifinals after the Lakers picked up a 35-28 victory over West Texas A&M on Saturday (Dec. 7) afternoon at Lubbers Stadium. The Lakers will now face a familiar playoff foe in Northwest Missouri State on Saturday, December 14th, at a time and place to be determined. The host school and time will be determined later tonight.

GVSU moves to 12-2 overall on the season, while West Texas A&M finishes the year with an 11-3 record.

A clutch second half performance on defense by GVSU, in which the Lakers allowed only 124 yards of total offense, keyed a come-from-behind victory, as the Lakers trailed 28-14 at halftime.

West Texas A&M, which rolled up 310 yards of total offense in the first half, was dominated in the second half by the GVSU defense. Three third-quarter interceptions by the defense and three third-quarter touchdowns by the offense kept the Lakers' season alive.

In the first quarter, the Buffaloes took their first two drives in to the endzone to get out to a quick 14-0 lead only 10 minutes in to the game. The Lakers got on the scoreboard with 2:25 to play in the first quarter, as a screen pass to Brandan Green went 36 yards for the score to cut the lead to 14-7.

West Texas A&M kept rolling on offense, however, finding the endzone again only three minutes in to the second quarter to go back up by two touchdowns, 21-7.

Again, GVSU had an answer, needing only two plays following an Erik Thompson 47-yard kickoff return, the scoring play being a 46-yard shovel pass for a score to Kirk Spencer with 11:47 to play to make it 21-14.

The fourth touchdown pass of the first half from Dustin Vaughan on the ensuing West Texas A&M drive again put the lead back up to two scores, at 28-14 with 6:10 to play in the half, and the teams would go in to the locker rooms with that score.

The Buffaloes were in control in the first half, with 310 total offensive yards, including 293 through the air with four touchdowns. The biggest stat in the half was West Texas A&M going 9-for-11 on third down opportunities.

In the second half, however, the tables turned, and the Laker defense controlled the game. After the Lakers began the third quarter with a fourth down two-yard touchdown pass to Joe Wirth to cut the lead to 28-21, a Deonte' Hurst interception on 3rd-and-3 was brought back to the Buffaloes' 37 yard line.

Five plays later, the score was tied, as Spencer rumbled in from 12 yards out to tie the game at 28 with 8:17 to play in the third quarter.

On the next West Texas A&M drive, pressure from the Laker defensive line forced an overthrow, and DeVonte' Jones picked off the pass near midfield to give the ball back to GVSU.

The Lakers were able to cash in again, as Heath Parling found a diving Jamie Potts with a 16-yard touchdown pass to give GVSU its first lead of the game, 35-28, with 3:27 to play in the third quarter. Earlier in the drive, GVSU faced a 4th-and6 from the West Texas A&M 34-yard line, but a fake punt was snapped to tight end Alton Voss, who ran for 18 yards and the first down to keep the drive alive.

It took only one play from scrimmage for GVSU to get the ball back again, as Reggie Williams made a diving pick on the first play of the Buffaloes' drive, giving GVSU the ball back near midfield again with its third interception in West Texas A&M's last seven pass attempts.

The defense was relied upon in the fourth quarter, and they were up to the task, forcing two West Texas A&M punts, an incomplete pass on fourth down inside the GVSU 10-yard line, and a missed field goal.

The Lakers took over with 2:13 to play and after West Texas A&M stopped the clock after the first two plays, GVSU faced a 3rd-and-7 with about two minutes to play. Parling then took the snap, rolled right, and took off for a 12 yard gain to salt the game away and send the Lakers to the national semifinals.

It was the fourth straight week that the Laker defense faced a Harlon Hill semifinalist at quarterback, with West Texas A&M's Vaughan being one of the final eight candidates for the award. The Lakers defeated all of them, however, beating Saginaw Valley State's Jonathon Jennings twice and Colorado State-Pueblo's Dustin Bonner last week.

The Laker offense, which was held to only 295 yards of total offense, still got a big performance from Spencer, as he finished the game with four catches for 77 yards and a touchdown to go with 21 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Chris Robinson led GVSU in rushing with 48 yards. Potts finished the game with four catches for 49 yards and a touchdown, while Green had three catches for 51 yards and a touchdown. Wirth's fourth-down touchdown catch was his only catch of the game.

Parling was 16-for-32 for 219 yards, four touchdowns and one interception in the game. It was the third game in the last four that Parling has thrown for four touchdowns.

Defensively, GVSU was led by Hurst, who finished with a game-high 15 tackles, including one tackle for loss (-5 yards) and an interception. Williams had eight tackles and a pick, while Luther Ware had seven tackles, including one sack (-8 yards) and two tackles for loss (-14 yards) to go with an additional quarterback hurry. Jordan Kaufman, the team's leading tackler on the season, had six tackles, including a sack. Isiah Dunning and De'Ondre Hogan each had six tackles and half a sack (-3 yards). The Laker defense kept pressure on Vaughan most of the game, racking up seven quarterback hurries as a team.

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Football rushes past St. Cloud State

By David Boyce

MARYVILLE, Mo. - When the wind chill is zero, the running game takes on more importance. Northwest Missouri State proved that to St. Cloud State Saturday afternoon in frostbite weather at Bearcat Stadium.

Freshman running back Phil Jackson II rushed for four touchdowns and senior running back Billy Creason added three more on the ground as the Bearcats came away with an impressive 59-21 victory in the NCAA Division II quarterfinals.

“It is getting that time of the year where we need to see a kick start to our running game,” Northwest coach Adam Dorrel said. “I thought we got that today. I am really proud of our guys. I feel like they bought into that.

“Obviously, Billy ran well and Phil was able to come in and do some things.”

That is an understatement. The combined seven rushing touchdowns shattered the school playoff record of four rushing touchdowns, established on six different occasions.

Jackson goes into the record book with Xavier Omon and LaRon Council with four rushing touchdowns in one playoff game.

All those rushing touchdowns led to the biggest margin of victory in Northwest’s storied playoff history. The previous mark was 35 set last year in the Bearcats’ 35-0 win over Harding.

“Congratulations to Northwest,” St. Cloud coach Scott Underwood said. “It was a great job by them. They are a very good football team. Obviously, we felt we didn’t play quite to our best potential, but they had a lot of reasons for us playing that way.”

Northwest, 13-0, moves on to the semifinals and will face Grand Valley State next Saturday at Bearcat Stadium. The last time the Bearcats faced Grand Valley in the playoffs they won 30-23 in the Division II championship game.

“It is very special,” said Northwest junior linebacker D.J. Gnader about playing the semifinal game at home. “I am pumped up. There is no other place better than Bearcat Stadium. Our fans do a great job coming out and supporting us.

“I am so excited about next week that I wish it was tomorrow.”

The Bearcats had plenty of success through the air. Senior quarterback Trevor Adams completed 18 of 21 passes for 212 yards and back-up Brady Bolles connected on all three of his passes for 33 yards before he left the game in the second quarter with an injury.

And the defense played its usual stellar game, shutting out the Huskies in the first half.

“Our defense played really well again,” Dorrel said. “That was a good offensive team we went against. They got a lot of weapons.”

But it was the way Creason and Jackson ran the ball that really sucked the life out of the Huskies. They pounded the ball up the middle, especially when the Bearcats got close to the goal line.

“It is a big ego boost for the running backs,” Creason said. “Like coach said, we stress running the ball in December. We stressed we had to control up front and they did and that made it easy to run the ball.

“Our line was very physical. We saw people lying on the ground all day. And Trevor was able complete passes, which was big, especially in cold weather.”

It was a spectacular performance all around for the Bearcats, particularly the way they quickly reacted to the only threat that came their way in the second half.

St. Cloud received the ball to start the third quarter and used nearly 6 minutes to go 75 yards in 12 plays. The Huskies scored on a 17-yard pass from Phillip Klaphake to Dan Brown, making it 28-7.

Northwest needed only 12 seconds to respond. Sophomore Bryce Enyard returned the kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown to give the Bearcats a 35-7 lead.

“I know we had a big lead, but they drove down the field and scored and got the momentum,” Dorrel said. “For us to get that was important. He popped it. He really showed his speed.”

For the seventh straight week, Northwest made sure there was no late-game drama. The Bearcats have won each of those games by at least 24 points.

Northwest came two plays short of a perfect first half. A fumble deep in St. Cloud’s territory in the game’s opening drive and a low throw on third down in another drive.

And if you are nitpicking, the Bearcats defense did give up three first downs in the first two quarters.

Truthfully, Northwest coaches will need to look at tape into the wee hours to find mistakes in the first 30 minutes. The Bearcats dominated on both sides of the ball and went into halftime leading 28-0.

“We stopped the run early on, which was a big goal for us,” said Northwest junior defensive end Kevin Arnold. “Our offense wanted to run the ball so stopping the run was big for us. “Getting pressure on their play-action pass they are so good at was big for us in the first half.”

The first three series gave clear indication that the Bearcats were in for a good game. They took the opening drive at their 35 and quickly moved to St. Cloud’s 15.

Although the Bearcats fumbled, they prove they could move the ball on the ground and through the air.

St. Cloud took over at its 11, ran three plays and punted.

Northwest got great field position at the Huskies’ 26. The Bearcats needed only five plays to score on a 3-yard run by Creason with 8:32 left in the first quarter.

The Bearcats solidified their lead in the opening minute of the second quarter when Creason scored his second touchdown on a 1-yard run.

St. Cloud picked up its first, first down of the game with 13:32 left in the second quarter. The Huskies even moved to Northwest’s 39, but the drive stalled.

Northwest then put together a 13 play, 85-yard drive that ended on a 1-yard touchdown run by Jackson. Jackson added another touchdown with 30 seconds left in the second quarter.

Simply put, it was total domination by the Bearcats. They had 326 yards of total offense and picked up 19 first downs. St. Cloud had just 75 yards of offense and managed just three first downs.

“I am surprised,” said Gnader of the one-sided score. “Their quarterback is a great player. He is a playmaker and they have a great team.

“Defensively, our coaches did a great job of getting us in position to make plays and we executed the game plan they made for us.

“It was just a great day.”

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So now you have all the reports, and it seems obvious to me that the dominate team is Northwest Missouri State. I don't think GVSU has a shot against NWMSU. As for the West Chester- Lenoir Rhyne game, I have no idea at this time. I just hope the game is at West Chester. WCU just could be in the national finals. Imagine that! A PSAC team in the Div II national finals!! Could it be??? I just hope the game is at West Chester so I can see it live. I have never seen a Div II semifinal game in person. We'll know tomorrow.


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The two Div II semifinal games will see West Chester of the Pennsylvania State Athletic conference traveling to Hickory, North Carolina to play Lenoir Rhyne of the Southern Athletic Conference, and Grand Valley State (Michigan) of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference will journey out to Maryville, Missouri to take on, who else but, Northwest Missouri State of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association . The two higher seeded teams in the national polls received the home field advantage, which I guess is fair enough. So much for my hopes that WCU would host the game and thereby enable me to attend. In all likelihood the games will be televised on the ESPN channels or maybe on the CBS Sports Network. Just a quick wrestling comment, Edinboro won the PSAC wrestling championship yesterday with 6 first place winners. Bloomsburg was second with three first place winners. Incidentally, the Fightin' Scots almost knocked off #1 ranked Iowa Thursday evening only losing by a 21-19 score while missing one of their starters!! Congratulations to Coach Tim Flynn and his charges, who seem to have another dynamite team this year. Once the Div II football season is over, I will be devoting my full attention to high school and college wrestling. No predictions just yet on next week's semifinals. Ciao. Have a great day with with all the NFL action. The snow is coming down with unexpected rapidity in Delaware County, PA. which has made me decide NOT to go into the Penn Palestra to see the Quakers wrestle Lehigh today.


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Wow! What a day! Six to eight inches of snow, which nobody anticipated. The Eagles won 34-20 on a deeply snow covered field that was at times unplayable. Glad I didn't go into Philadelphia for the wrestling match. Incidentally, in the Div II semifinals I think Northwest Missouri State beats Grand Valley State, and Lenoir Rhyne ends West Chester's magical run in the Div II playoffs. Hope I am wrong about that second pick. Boy it will be a long time until Saturday. Now I have to go shovel snow and clean off our cars. What a mess!


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Hope all you "viewers" will push me over 3000, which was my goal at the start of the season. Taking nothing away from West Chester, who most assuredly deserves to be in the national semis; but for a bounce here or there it could just as well have been Slippery Rock or Bloomsburg. In fact, IUP or California could have also been there. What I'm saying is that the PSAC was pretty darned good this year, but I still don't think any member of the PSAC is up to winning a national championship due to the fact that most of the football programs in the conference are quite underfunded. Should West Chester get to meet either Northwest Missouri State or Grand Valley State in the national final, I think you will see what I mean. That is not to say I would not welcome a stunning upset by the Golden Rams, should they get to Florence, Alabama. The bad news is that West Chester is expecting a second snowstorm tomorrow which might inhibit their practice sessions. Watching the Eagles and the Lions in the snow yesterday was a real blast, as McCoy ran wild! There hasn't been a game like that played in Philadelphia in a driving snowstorm since the great Eagles championship 7-0 win over the Chicago Cardinals in 1948 when the great Steve van Buren scored the only TD. No, I did not see that game, but I did listen to it on the radio. I was 8 years old. Ciao! Looking for 3000! Help me out!


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Lenoir Rhyne and Northwest Missouri State are the winners in today's Div II national semifinals. No surprises. More details to follow.


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Alabama Bound, Northwest beats Grand Valley

By David Boyce | Box Score | Photos | Fan Photos | Championship Travel Information (PDF)

MARYVILLE, Mo. - One more big play was needed for Northwest Missouri State to stamp its ticket to Florence, Ala., for the NCAA Division II national championship game.

Senior quarterback Trevor Adams delivered it to Reuben Thomas with just under 5 minutes left.

Grand Valley must have been thinking the Bearcats were going to run the ball on first down to salt away a few more seconds. Instead, Adams dropped back and threw a perfect spiral to Thomas, who nestled the ball into his gut and waltzed into the end zone with 4:58 left in the game.

“We just wanted to play aggressive and play to win,” Adams said. “That was our mantra all week and what it has been all season.”

The championship play gave the Bearcats a 14-point lead, more than enough for them to come away with a spine-tingling 27-13 victory Saturday evening at Bearcat Stadium in the NCAA Division II semifinals.

“We have one more game to go, but it has been so exciting to see all the hard work payoff,” Adams said. “We have such a great senior class. That has been so awesome to be a part of.”

A year ago, the Bearcats lost 38-35 in overtime in the second round to Minnesota State Mankato on a bitterly cold late November day. Northwest knew they had a team that could have advanced deeper in the playoffs.

The returners were determined to get Northwest back to the top. The wanted to hear the cool sounds of Lynyrd Skynyrd one more time at Bearcat Stadium.

Sweet Home Alabama – both goalposts go down.

“You can’t really put into words, but it is a great feeling,” Northwest junior defensive end Matt Longacre said. “I am so happy for the guys that we get to experience this.”

Northwest will take its perfect 14-0 record to Alabama and face Lenoir-Rhyne at 11 a.m., Dec. 21 at Braly Stadium. The Bearcats are making their eighth appearance in the national championship game and will be seeking their fourth title.

“We have good positive energy,” Northwest senior running back Billy Creason. “We always talk about sharing the experience of going to the national championship with our young guys. Everybody on the team bought into that and we are here.

“We are like a family. I can turn to anybody on offense and whenever we need a big play, we know somebody is going to step up.”

The Bearcats have put themselves in position for another special game. Earlier this season, Northwest played the final of 12 installments of the Fall Classic at Arrowhead and beat Pittsburg State 24-15.

This will be the last of 28 straight Division II championship games in Florence. Next year the Division II title game moves to Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.

It has already been a truly special season for the 2013 Bearcats. They have won 12 of their 14 games by double-digits.

But this one was far more difficult as it should be to reach the title game.

“I am just so proud of our kids, the way they battled today; the way they battled all year,” Northwest coach Adam Dorrel said. “We talked about playing to win and I think we did that for 60 minutes.”

After Northwest took a 20-6 lead with 3:55 left in the third quarter on a 28-yard field goal by Simon Mathieson, Grand Valley showed its championship mettle.

The Lakers went 77 yards in eight plays and scored a touchdown near the end of the third quarter, closing to 20-13.

Grand Valley then stopped a Northwest drive and got the ball back at its 20. After reaching midfield, the Lakers ran into a stonewall known as the Bearcat defense.

With seven minutes left, Northwest started at its 20 and needed to get a few first downs to take time off the clock.

The Bearcats wanted more. On the fourth play of the drive, Adams hit Thomas for a beautiful touchdown that ultimately put Northwest in another championship game.

“That was probably the difference in the game,” Grand Valley coach Matt Mitchell said. “The play-action pass and No. 12 (Thomas) getting behind us.”

Thomas said he has been waiting for this moment. When he saw the ball in the air, he wanted the ball to get there before the defender.

“I looked it in, scored the touchdown,” Thomas said.

Northwest went into halftime with a 10-6 lead. Any lead in a national semifinal game is important, but the Bearcats had a couple of reasons to feel disappointed.

The Bearcats dominated the first half. Two fumbles prevented them from taking more command of the game.

On the second play from scrimmage, Northwest fumbled at its 17. Thanks to stellar defense by the Bearcats, Grand Valley settled for a 37-yard field goal.

“We can’t ever get too down because we know those guys coming on the field are going to shut them down no matter where the ball is at,” Adams said. “Matt (Longacre) and D.J. (Gnader) and those guys have done an awesome job all season.

“The trust that we have has been huge for us. When I was running to the sideline after I had just thrown that pass backwards, D.J. and those guys came up and said we got you and that is what is so awesome about our defense. They got our backs just like we have theirs.

The Lakers added another field goal later in the first quarter for a 6-0 lead. Northwest answered that score with a nine play, 80-yard drive and scored on a 6-yard run by Bolles.

Northwest was in position to increase its lead when it moved to the 1 on a 14-yard pass reception by Korey Jackson. The Bearcats fumbled on the next play, erasing a tremendous scoring opportunity.

Grand Valley put together only one good drive in the second quarter and ended with a missed 32-yard field goal into a stiff north wind.

The Bearcats took over late in the second quarter and moved 78 yards and on fourth down, Mathieson nailed a 19-yard field goal on the last play in the first half.

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Lenoir Rhyne Rushes to Semi-final Win Over The Golden Rams

HICKORY, N.C. – Lenoir-Rhyne ran its triple option to perfection en route to a 42-14 victory over visiting West Chester in the NCAA Division II national semifinal at cold and rainy Moretz Stadium Saturday afternoon.

West Chester (13-2) saw its four-game winning streak come to a close as well as its eight-game road winning streak, dating back to last year, while Lenoir Rhyne (13-1) advances to the national championship game next weekend in Florence, Alabama. The Bears increased their winning streak on the year to 13 games.

Brandon Monk got things started with a bang when he returned the opening kickoff 70 yards down to Lenoir-Rhyne's 10-yard line. Two plays later, Sean McCartney found tight end Tim Brown open in the back of the end zone for a 7-0 West Chester lead.

The host Bears answered with a touchdown drive of its own, but missed the extra point and the Golden Rams held a 7-6 advantage. Lenoir-Rhyne then scored another touchdown early in the second quarter, but that extra point was blocked, and the Bears had their first lead of the game, 12-7.

Rondell White caught a screen pass in the flats on West Chester's next possession and raced 60 yards for a touchdown that put the Golden Rams back on top, 14-12. From there, it was all Lenoir-Rhyne and its triple option out of its flex bone offense.

The Bears put up 20 points in the second quarter and had ran up 302 rushing yards of offense by halftime without attempting a pass. That put the hosts up 26-14 heading into the locker room at the break.

White finished with 67 rushing yards and 75 receiving yards, to go along with his receiving TD. McCartney was 12-for-22 for 135 yards and two TDs. He threw one interception.

Lenoir-Rhyne ran 70 plays – all of them rushes.


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Now that there's been time to digest yesterday's semifinal results, I wish to make a few comments. I think it was abundantly clear that West Chester had no answer when it came to defensing Lenoir Rhyne's triple option offense. It was also clear the weather and field conditions played a huge role in nullifying WCU's multi-faceted offense. Even when West Chester did manage to stop LR's offense, The Golden Rams could do but little when they had possession of the ball--especially in the second half. I also think LR has a much larger number of stellar athletes on their squad simply because of a much larger number of football scholarships awarded. I think I heard at one time during the telecast that the Golden Rams are working with 11 scholarships whereas Lenoir Rhyne has 25. In the NWMSU-Grand Valley State game, I think the better team was clearly The Bearcats who would have won by a much larger margin had it not been for a couple of rather egregious errors--such as fumbling the snap on first and goal on the one yard line in the second quarter. Unlike Lenoir Rhyne, NWMSU can hurt you both on the ground and in the air. I suspect that multi dimensional NWMSU will win the national championship next Saturday, but I don't think it will be easy pickings. LR's triple option offense will indeed get in its licks. An upset is possible, but I am still sticking to my guns and what I said before the playoffs began. The Bearcats will win it all. Lastly, I would like to comment on the officiating as it relates to the reviewing of plays. It seems to me that on several occasions, a reversal of the original call was in order. I also think that the roughing the punter call against West Chester in third quarter was sheer lunacy. Although the Bears won by a substantial margin, at the time that call completely stifled any possible chance West Chester had of getting back into the game. By my way of thinking, it should have been West Chester's ball at the spot where the punter's knee hit the ground. He was down and the play should have been whistled dead, and it should have been first and ten for the Golden Rams deep in Lenoir Rhyne's territory. Finally, congratulations to Lenoir Rhyne and Northwest Missouri State on reaching the Div II national final. To the best of my knowledge, the game will be telecast on ESPN II. Wow! Another great Div II season is almost at an end.


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Northwest Missouri State University won the Division II national championship in football by defeating Lenoir Rhyne 43-28. A detailed report will follow. Husky picked the game correctly to up his playoff totals to 13 correct picks and 10 incorrect picks. I'll post the championship game report later this evening. It also worth mentioning that Franklyn Quiteh of Bloomsburg was the 2013 recipient of the Harlon Hill Award as the most outstanding Division II football player of 2013. Congratulations to Franklyn. Be back later tonight.


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Make it four, Bearcats win National Championship

By David Boyce | Box Score

FLORENCE, Ala. - Northwest Missouri State football program left a wonderful, lasting impression for the folks in the Muscle Shoals area.

In impressive fashion, the Bearcats beat Lenoir-Rhyne 43-28 in the NCAA Division II Football Championship Saturday afternoon at Braly Memorial Stadium.

“This is amazing,” said Northwest senior running back Billy Creason, who finished with 76 yards and one touchdown in 13 carries. “To go out undefeated in my senior year is a great thing to do.

“I’m glad all our young guys got to experience it, and I got to experience it with them.”

The win concluded a perfect 15-0 season for Northwest, a fitting conclusion to the 28 straight years the title game has been played in Florence. The championship game moves to Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., in 2015.

“I thought we had a group of guys and coaches who played to win today for 60 minutes,” Northwest coach Adam Dorrel said. “I think it has a lot to do with our 12 seniors.”

Northwest won its first title in 1998 when it became the first Division II team to go 15-0. Fifteen years later, the Bearcats did it again. In between those titles, they won championships in 1999 and 2009.

“This is just a great feeling,” Northwest junior linebacker D.J. Gnader said. “I got to experience it 2009. I watched them win a national championship. Ever since that moment, I knew this is where I wanted to be.

“To achieve something this great is an unbelievable feeling. I can’t describe it. It was the best way to send out the 12 seniors on this team. I owe it all to them. They did a great job each week leading us and making sure we were doing things the Bearcat way.”

The fourth title, which came on a balmy 70-degree afternoon, was perhaps more emotional for the Bearcats. They raced onto the field with the word family in red on the back of their jersey.

The red ink and word family was in memory of Northwest former head coach and defensive coordinator Scott Bostwick. Bostwick passed away unexpectedly of a heart attack six months into his head coaching career in 2011.

Family was very important to Bostwick. Playing as a family was the main reason Northwest went undefeated this season and won the final game of the Division II season.

“I made a phone call to (a friend) at adidas. We have a great partnership with them,” Dorrel said. “I asked for some socks. Within 24 hours, he sent some mock-up jerseys and pants.

“I wish you could have seen our players Friday when we showed it to them. They wanted their name on the back. We weren’t going to do that. Family has been our mantra all season. We thought instead of their individual name, we would put that on the back and thought it would be pretty cool.”

Once again, the Bearcats played as a family. Each aspect had its moments. The defense created a couple of turnovers that led to a couple of touchdowns. Senior quarterback Trevor Adams was throwing perfect passes all game. Reuben Thomas caught two touchdowns and Creason made nice runs.

And on special teams, freshman Simon Mathieson kicked two field goals and punter Kyle Goodburn averaged 45 yards per kick.

Northwest needed each phase to work because Lenoir-Rhyne never quit despite playing from a double-digit deficit for most of the game.

“Our plan all week was be aggressive and play to win,” said Adams, who threw for 277 yards and three touchdowns. “All of our receivers had great games. It starts upfront with our offensive line. Those guys had a heck of a day and a heck of a year. It was a good day offensively.”

Early in the fourth quarter, Northwest gave its fans a reason to believe the trophy was headed to Maryville.

With a 29-14 lead, Adams delivered another beautiful pass that senior Clint Utter stretched out his arms and cradled the ball into his hands at the Bears’ 4. One play later, back-up quarterback Brady Bolles came in and ran for a 4-yard touchdown. The score gave Northwest a 36-14 with 11:36 left.

Lenoir-Rhyne answered with a touchdown, but with the run-heavy offense of the Bears and the sturdy defense of Northwest, it was very doubtful that a comeback was occurring.

The Bearcats ended all doubt when they responded with another touchdown. Adams tossed a 17-yard spiral that junior Jason Jozaites caught in the back, left corner of the end zone, giving Northwest a 43-21 lead with 2:56 left in the game.

It was the 13th double-digit victory of the season for the Bearcats. They won their four playoff games by an average of 22.8 points.

Truthfully, Lenoir-Rhyne was never in the game.

Northwest made it look too easy in the first 10 minutes of the game. The Bearcats scored on a 29-yard pass from Adams to Reuben Thomas a little over 3 minutes into the game.

“You have to come out and execute the game plan,” said Thomas who caught five passes for 92 yards and two touchdowns. “I know I am playing with the most efficient quarterback in Division II. I know if I run my route to the best of my ability, he will put the ball on the money.”

Several minutes later, the Bearcats added a 28-yard field goal by Simon Mathiesen. The Northwest defense forced a fumble. The Bearcats needed only three plays to go 15 yards and scored on a 4-yard run by Creason.

Boom, boom, boom, Northwest held a commanding 17-0 lead with 5 minutes remaining in the first quarter.

“That was a hug emphasis we had because we wanted to jump on them early because they like to milk the clock,” Creason said. “We knew with them playing from behind and they run the triple option, it wasn’t going to work out.”

The way the Bearcats dominated the line of scrimmage, the game appeared to be over with a little more than three quarters left. Only the count down was left before Northwest won its fourth national title.

“It usually take a series or two defensively to get used to the speed of the option,” Dorrel said. “I thought our defense came out and did some great things early and made some adjustments throughout the game.”

Lenoir-Rhyne, though, showed the pride it took for it to make its first NCAA Division II title game.

The Bears went on a 9-play, 75-yard drive and scored on a 3-yard run by Chris Robinson with still a minute left in the first quarter.

Lenoir-Rhyne was now settling into the game on both sides of the ball.

“I thought we were rattled a little bit on both sides of the ball,” Lenoir-Rhyne coach Mike Houston said. “I am proud of the way our guys composed themselves and fought back.

“I thought Northwest looked like a poised, championship team.”

Northwest didn’t score again until redshirt freshman Kevin Berg blocked a punt out of the end zone for a safety with 5:56 remaining in the second quarter.

The Bearcats got the ball and concluded the quarter by putting together an impressive 13-play, 72-yard drive that resulted in a 20-yard field goal by Mathiesen as time expired in the first half. It gave Northwest an enhanced lead.


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