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North Central 足球 National Championship Preview

克拉克Teuscher

2021年12月17日

设置场景: The Cardinals take on the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, another of Division III's stalwart programs, as they look to claim a second straight national championship.

系列历史: This is the first meeting between the two institutions in any team sport.

国家排名: 玛丽·哈丁-贝勒排名第一. 两项民调均为2.

球探十字军: A run of 17 straight points midway through the second quarter was enough to keep Mary Hardin-Baylor clear of Wisconsin-Whitewater in Saturday's semifinal at Perkins Stadium, as the Crusaders improved to 14-0 with a 24-7 win over the Warhawks.

Quarterback Kyle King opened the scoring with a pair of nine-yard touchdown passes to Brandon Jordan, which were part of Jordan's 11-reception, 164码的性能.

The Crusaders rank third nationally in scoring offense (48.3 points per game) as well as scoring defense (9.0点允许).Of UMHB's 471 average offensive yards, 有249个是通过空气来的, and it has allowed just 234 total yards per game.

King has completed 64 percent of his passes and thrown for 32 touchdowns with just two interceptions. Jordan has caught 51 passes for a team-high 971 yards and 16 TDs, while Alshonso Thomas owns team-best rushing totals of 1,063码,12分. King has proven a viable running threat with 11 rushing touchdowns of his own.

Defensively, the Crusaders rank third nationally in tackles for loss (125). Defensive end E'Monte Smith has totaled 8.5 quarterback sacks and cornerback Keith Gibson has intercepted five passes.

本周,红衣主教们: North Central eliminated Mount Union from the postseason on the Purple Raiders' home field for the second straight season Saturday, steadily pulling away for a 26-13 victory at Mount Union Stadium.

After yielding a touchdown on the game's first drive, the Cardinals did not allow another until they had scored 26 unanswered points. Luke Lehnen threw touchdown passes to Matt Robinson and DeAngelo Hardy before running for a score of his own.

Kicker工作室Tanner降雨, operating in rain and winds in excess of 30 miles per hour, successfully kicked field goals of 42 and 31 yards.

Ethan Greenfield ran for 190 yards on 31 carries as the Cardinals finished with 293 total yards on the ground. It is the largest rushing total allowed by a Mount Union team since 2007.

North Central's 24-game winning streak remains the longest in all divisions of college football.

North Central in the NCAA Playoffs:  The Cardinals own a 23-11 overall record in the Division III 足球 Championship, including victories in heir last 12 first-round games.

North Central reached the national quarterfinals in 2010 and the national semifinals in 2013 before winning the national title in 2019.

AFCA All-America Teams Announced: Andrew Kamienski and Sharmore Clarke were both named to the American 足球 Coaches Association (AFCA) All-America Teams for the second straight season Tuesday.

Kamienski was selected to the First Team, while Clarke made the Second Team.

North Central players have won 57 total All-America awards, including 14 from the AFCA which ranks 17th among all Division III programs.

体育平台 running back 伊桑·格林菲尔德接过接力棒 during the Cardinals' win in the national football semifinals.

伊桑·格林菲尔德接过接力棒.