*** CCCAA ***
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The FULLERTON COLLEGE HORNETS and the AMERICAN RIVER COLLEGE BEAVERS played each other for the CCCAA title. The Beavers managed a 3-0 lead to end the 1st Quarter but by Halftime the Hornets held a 14-13 edge. After the break it seemed Fullerton College was putting it out of reach as they compiled a 29-13 lead but American River College came back to within 29-21 to end the 3rd Quarter. In the 4th a missed 2-point conversion by the Beavers gave the Hornets a 29-27 win and the 2016 title.
*** NCAA DIVISION TWO ***
SEMIFINAL ONE – This game pitted the NORTHWEST MISSOURI STATE BEARCATS – the Defending Champions of D2 football – against the visiting FERRIS STATE BULLDOGS. The Bearcats led 21-13 at the break following which the two teams exchanged Touchdowns in the 3rd Quarter. Northwest Missouri State scored another TD in the 4th, making the score 35-20 and ending the scoring with just 4:45 left to play. The Bearcats return to the title game.
SEMIFINAL TWO – The UNIVERSITY OF NORTH ALABAMA LIONS took it on the road against the SHEPHERD UNIVERSITY RAMS in this game. The Lions trailed the Rams 3-0 in the opening Quarter then grabbed a 20-10 lead headed into the locker room at the Half. The defenses dominated the 2nd Half, with Shepherd U managing just a Field Goal in the 3rd and North Alabama doing the same in the 4th. The Lions won it 23-13 to advance to the championship tilt.
*** NCAA DIVISION THREE ***
FIRST SEMIFINAL – Our long national nightmare is over! For the first time in more than a decade NEITHER Mount Union NOR Whitewater will be playing in the Stagg Bowl, D3’s championship game! The UNIVERSITY OF MARY HARDIN-BAYLOR CRUSADERS decided enough was enough and seized a 7-6 Halftime lead over the visiting UNIVERSITY OF MT UNION PURPLE RAIDERS after a scoreless 1st Quarter. That became a 14-6 advantage to end the 3rd Quarter and finally a 14-12 victory as time expired.
SECOND SEMIFINAL – The UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN AT OSHKOSH TITANS played host to the JOHN CARROLL UNIVERSITY BLUE STREAKS in this semifinal clash. Neither team scored in the 1st Half but in the 3rd Quarter the Titans ended the dry spell with a 7-0 edge. In the 4th Quarter the teams exchanged Field Goals as UW-Oshkosh defeated the Blue Streaks in a 10-3 defensive epic. It will be the Titans vs the Crusaders in the Stagg Bowl!
* The NAIA Championship Game will be played next week between the BAKER UNIVERSITY WILDCATS and the UNIVERSITY OF SAINT FRANCIS (IN) COUGARS.
** CHAMPIONSHIPS ALREADY DECIDED **
* NCCAA – The WARNER UNIVERSITY ROYALS
* USCAA – The DEAN COLLEGE BULLDOGS
* NJCAA – The GARDEN CITY COLLEGE BRONCBUSTERS