*** NAIA ***
DEFENDING CHAMPIONS TOPPLED – The 10th seeded EASTERN OREGON UNIVERSITY MOUNTAINEERS traveled to face the top seeded Defending National Champions of NAIA football – the MARIAN UNIVERSITY KNIGHTS. After a scoreless 1st Quarter the Mountaineers put the Knights on upset alert with a 10-0 Halftime lead. Following the break Eastern Oregon consummated the upset by bringing down Marian U in a 17-0 shutout.
COMEBACK COUGARS – The 4 seeds – the UNIVERSITY OF SAINT FRANCIS (IN) COUGARS – hosted the 5th seeded MORNINGSIDE COLLEGE MUSTANGS yesterday. The Mustangs grabbed a quick 10-0 lead in the 1st Quarter and extended that to a 20-7 advantage over the Cougars by the break. USF pulled to within 28-21 to end the 3rd Quarter then outscored Morningside 21-7 in the 4th for a 42-35 triumph.
BAKER ADVANCES – The 2nd seeded BAKER UNIVERSITY WILDCATS took the field against the visiting 8 seeds – the LINDSEY WILSON COLLEGE BLUE RAIDERS. The Wildcats seized a 21-3 lead in the opening Quarter and parlayed that into a 35-16 advantage by Halftime. It was all but over then as Baker University went on to defeat the Blue Raiders 42-27.
SHUTOUT IN GEORGIA – The 3 seeds – the REINHARDT UNIVERSITY EAGLES (should be the Rottweilers) – welcomed the 6th seeded MONTANA TECH OREDIGGERS yesterday. Neither team scored in the 1st Quarter but Reinhardt University went on top 14-0 by the midpoint. After a scoreless 3rd Quarter the Eagles added 13 points in the 4th for a 27-0 victory over the Orediggers.
*** NCAA DIVISION TWO ***
HARDING UPSETS SIOUX FALLS – The HARDING UNIVERSITY BISON – the 3 seeds in their Super-Region – visited the Super-Region’s 2nd seeded UNIVERSITY OF SIOUX FALLS COUGARS. Tristan Parsley, Kicker for the Bison, managed a 47 yard Field Goal to force Overtime with a 24-24 tie. In OT Harding shut out the Cougars, then Parsley notched a 35 yard Field Goal to win the game 27-24.
SHEPHERD TOPPLES LIU-POST – In another 3 seed over 2 seed upset the (3) SHEPHERD UNIVERSITY RAMS took on the (2) LONG-ISLAND UNIVERSITY AT C.W. POST PIONEERS on Saturday. The Rams logged their road upset much less dramatically than did Harding University. The final score in this game was Shepherd University 40 Pioneers 21.
CRUSADERS TAME THE TIGERS – The 6 seeds – the NORTH GREENVILLE UNIVERSITY CRUSADERS – were underdogs last week but favorites this week against the 7th seeded TUSKEGEE UNIVERSITY GOLDEN TIGERS. The Crusaders won by a very respectable margin over the Golden Tigers, advancing to the Third Round by a count of 45-26.
FERRIS STATE TRIUMPHANT – In this Super-Region the 2nd seeded FERRIS STATE BULLDOGS battled it out with the 6 seeds – the COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES OREDIGGERS. It was no contest as the Bulldogs kicked the Orediggers around the field on both sides of the ball. When everything was said and done Ferris State sent Colorado School of Mines home reeling from a 38-17 beatdown.
ALL-NAME GAME – This game pitted two of the coolest-named teams in NCAA Division Two football against each other. The CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA VULCANS – the 1 seeds in their Super-Region – welcomed the 5th seeded INDIANA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA CRIMSON HAWKS. Geography teachers around the nation scratched their heads as the Vulcans routed the Crimson Hawks 44-23.
LAKERS OVER LIONS – Another 1 seed advanced to the next round on Saturday as the top seeded GRAND VALLEY STATE LAKERS did battle with the 4th seeded TEXAS A&M AT COMMERCE LIONS. The Lakers slightly outdid the margin of victory managed by California (PA) by outrightly eviscerating the Lions in a 55-32 laugher.
DIFFERENT LIONS, DIFFERENT RESULTS – The top seeds in their Super-Region – the UNIVERSITY OF NORTH ALABAMA LIONS – squared off against the visiting 5th seeded UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT PEMBROKE BRAVES. These Lions showed more pride in the name (see what I did there) than Texas A&M-Commerce did, thoroughly obliterating the Braves 41-17.
DEFENDING CHAMPS ADVANCE – The Defending National Champion NORTHWEST MISSOURI STATE BEARCATS, the overall 1 seeds in the playoffs, were less than gracious hosts to the 4th seeded EMPORIA STATE HORNETS. The Bearcats pretty much made the Hornets their prison brides, annihilating them by a final score of 44-13.
*** NCAA DIVISION THREE ***
WHEATON UPSETS NORTH CENTRAL – The WHEATON (IL) COLLEGE THUNDER traveled to face their archrivals the NORTH CENTRAL COLLEGE CARDINALS on Saturday. A scoreless 1st Quarter was followed by a 7-7 Halftime tie. The 3rd Quarter ended in a 14-14 deadlock but in the 4th the Thunder exploded for 17 unanswered points and a 31-14 victory.
A DOUBLE-SHOT OF THAT O.T. LOVE – In this 2nd Round game the JOHN CARROLL UNIVERSITY BLUE STREAKS welcomed the WESLEY COLLEGE WOLVERINES. The Blue Streaks trailed the Wolverines 7-0 in the 1st Quarter but had tied things up at 7-7 by Halftime. That remained the score to end Regulation and in the 1st Overtime session the teams exchanged Touchdowns. In Double Overtime Wesley College notched a Field Goal followed by JCU putting up a TD for a 20-17 triumph.
SAXONS TRIUMPHANT – The ALFRED UNIVERSITY SAXONS took the field against the visiting WESTERN NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE GOLDEN BEARS yesterday. The Saxons trailed the Golden Bears 7-2 in the opening Quarter but went on top 16-7 by the break. That became a 23-10 Alfred University lead to end the 3rd Quarter but the Saxons had to hold on against a Golden Bear rally to win the game 30-24.
RAIDING HOMEWOOD FIELD – The dynastic UNIVERSITY OF MOUNT UNION PURPLE RAIDERS invaded the home field of the JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY BLUE JAYS for a nailbiting battle. The Blue Jays led the game 14-7 in the 1st Quarter and 21-14 at Halftime. Mount Union shut out Johns Hopkins from there, however, tying the score at 21-21 in the 3rd Quarter before winning it 28-21.
BREAKING AWAY – This game pitted the UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN AT OSHKOSH TITANS against the SAINT JOHN’S UNIVERSITY JOHNNIES. Neither team scored in the 1st Quarter but the Titans took a 10-7 lead into the locker room. The 3rd Quarter ended with the Johnnies still trailing by just 17-14 but in the 4th Oshkosh blew things open for a 31-14 victory.
DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS – The UNIVERSITY OF MARY HARDIN-BAYLOR CRUSADERS remained perfect in 2016 as they defeated the visiting LINFIELD COLLEGE WILDCATS. Not much drama in this game as the Crusaders led it 13-3 at the midpoint and stayed on top of the Wildcats all the way for a 27-10 final score. On to the next round for UMHB.
WHITEWATER WHACKS WITTENBERG – Perkins Stadium was the site of this clash between the storied UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN AT WHITEWATER WARHAWKS and their guests the WITTENBERG UNIVERSITY TIGERS. The Warhawks let the Tigers score 3 points in the 1st Quarter and 6 points in the 4th and that was ALL! Everything else was pure Whitewater in a 37-9 smackdown.
THEY CAN SCORE FIFTY-FIIIIIIIVE – The UNIVERSITY OF SAINT THOMAS TOMMIES welcomed the COE COLLEGE KOHAWKS on Saturday. The Tommies trashed, totaled and tormented the Kohawks, dominating them in every conceivable way before sending them home nursing a FIFTY-FIVE to SIX annihilation!
*** CCCAA ***
NOR-CAL DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP – The last two teams standing in this Division were the 2 seeds – the AMERICAN RIVER COLLEGE BEAVERS – and the top seeded BUTTE COLLEGE ROADRUNNERS. The defense of the Beavers kept them in the game as the Roadrunners beep-beeped off to a 9-0 1st Quarter lead. That score remained unchanged at Halftime and still stood at the end of the 3rd Quarter. American River College shut out Butte College in the 4th while putting up 15 points of their own for a 15-9 triumph.
SO-CAL DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP – It was all-chalk last week in THIS Division, too. The top-seeded FULLERTON COLLEGE HORNETS advanced to this game as did the 2nd seeded RIVERSIDE CITY COLLEGE TIGERS. The Hornets were on top 8-3 to end the 1st Quarter and 15-13 at the Half. After the break Fullerton used a 21-point 3rd Quarter to propel them to a 45-29 win. IT WILL BE HORNETS VS BEAVERS IN THE CCCAA CHAMPIONSHIP GAME.
LIVING BREATH FOUNDATION BOWL – In this week’s only non-playoff Bowl in the CCCAA the MONTEREY PENINSULA COLLEGE LOBOS played the LOS MEDANOS COLLEGE MUSTANGS. This game was tight from start to finish as the opening Quarter ended in a 7-0 Lobos advantage, Halftime brought a 7-7 tie and the 3rd Quarter found Monterey Peninsula College leading the Mustangs 21-14. In the 4th Quarter the teams exchanged Touchdowns as the Lobos won it 28-21.