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 Post subject: Re: PSAC/Div II Football
PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2012 7:28 pm 
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Next week's Div II semifinals find Valdosta State traveling out to Mankato, Minnesota to play Minnesota State-Mankato at 3:00 PM EST, and West Texas A & M will journey east to play Winston-Salem in Winston-Salem, North Carolina at 6:30 PM EST. ESPN could adjust the starting times to accommodate their programming, but both games will be televised on ESPN channels and will be re-aired later on on ESPNU. I have also heard the WTAMU-WSSU game will be aired live on ESPN3.com. Check your ESPN listings later this week. Incidentally, I think both West Texas A & M and Minnesota State-Makato will win the two semifinal games and be playing one another in Florence, Alabama on Saturday, December 15. That's all for now. If I hear any further details about the televising of the games, I will most expeditiously post it. Have fun Christmas shopping and getting ready for the most wonderful time of the year. Ciao! Husky


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 Post subject: Re: PSAC/Div II Football
PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 12:02 am 
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Both Valdosta State and Winston-Salem won their Div II national semifinal games against Minnesota State and West Texas A & M respectively. Husky missed the mark with both games and his playoff record now sinks to 15-7. Details will be posted later tonight or tomorrow. I am not overly surprised with Valdosta State's winning, but I am admittedly somewhat shocked that Winston-Salem beat West Texas A & M. In any case, it's Winston-Salem against Valdosta State for the Div II national title next Saturday in Florence, Alabama. It will be the first time in quite a few years that a team from super Region I has made the DiV II national final. I think Bloomsburg in the 2000 was the last team from Super Region I to get there. Best wishes to the Rams of Winston-Salem to win it all, but i certainly have nothing against Valdosta State--a great Div II football power.


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 Post subject: Re: PSAC/Div II Football
PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2012 11:18 am 
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Time for the last and final pick. I think Valdosta State wins the Div II national championship on Saturday in Florence, Alabama over
Winston-Salem State University. The game will be telecast live on ESPN2 at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday


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 Post subject: Re: PSAC/Div II Football
PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2012 11:21 am 
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WSSU in the Div II National Finals

December 8, 2012
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#2 WSSU Rams Roll Into National Championship Game With 41-18 Win Over West Texas A&M
00:57 - 4 1 2 3 4 T
West Texas A&M (12-3) 7 0 3 8 18
Winston-Salem State (14-0) 6 14 7 14 41
Winston-Salem, N.C. | Bowman-Gray Stadium
West Texas A&M Winston-Salem State
Pa: Dustin Vaughan - 169
Ru: Khiry Robinson - 137
Rec: Torrence Allen - 74
Pa: SMITH,Kameron - 233
Ru: LEWIS,Maurice - 118
Rec: WILLIAMS,Jamal - 99
TEAM STATISTICS West Texas A&M Winston-Salem State
Passing Yards 169 249
Rushing Yards 133 261
Turnovers 2 0
Time of Poss. 27:02 32:01

WINSTON-SALEM, NC - Winston-Salem State quarterback Kameron Smith threw two touchdowns and ran for another, while Maurice Lewis ran for two scores as WSSU (14-0) defeated West Texas A&M 41-18, Saturday in the NCAA Division II National Semi-Finals and earned the coveted trip to play for the National Championship.

West Texas A&M would take the opening kick and Jarrian Rhone would return it all the way to the WSSU 16 yard line. And on the next play, the Buffs quarterback Dustin Vaughn, would have to scramble to the right but found an open receiver in Trevor Hammargren in the endzone for a touchdown, just 20 seconds into the game.

Two series later, WSSU would answer on a quick four play, 76 yard drive, helped by a Buffalo's facemask penalty and highlighted by a Jameze Massey 27 yard rush and capped by Bryce Sherman's 32 yard scamper to pull the Rams to within one, 7-6, after WSSU missed the PAT.

WSSU would hold the Buffs on the next series after a sustained drive came up short, and forced a 40 yard field goal attempt that would sail wide right.'

Winston-Salem State would try to capitalize on the next drive, but the six play drive would come to a halt when the Rams where stopped on a fourth down play, and had to turn the ball over on downs.

But the Rams' Justin Wilkerson would pick off WTAM on the next play, his second interception in consecutive weeks from the defensive end position, and the Rams would make the Buffs pay for the mistake.

A solid mix of run and pass from the confident WSSU team saw them march 43 yards in eight plays, capped off by a Maurice Lewis one yard run to put Winston-Salem State up 13-7.

As been the case all season, and throughout the playoffs, the WSSU defense was stout and control the West Texas offense for most of the game. They would force another Buffalo punt giving the ball back to the Rams offense that was now starting to feel the momentum swing mightily in their favor.

Kameron Smith would march the Rams down the field again on the next possession with passes to Jamal Williams for 25 yards, followed by a 15 yard completion to Jahuann Butler. Smith would hook up with Butler for a 14 yard completion before he would find Jameze Massey open in the middle fo the field on a screen pass and, and Massey would do the rest splitting the defense from 21 yards out for another WSSU touchdown giving the Rams a 20-7 lead.


The Rams Larry Hearne would come up with his fifth interception of the season on West Texas' next series, but the Rams drive would come up short but send the team into the locker room with the momentum and the lead.


The WSSU Rams would get ball first in the second half and looked to really try to put the game out of reach early as they would embark on an eight play drive, but would eventually stall and Kameron Smith would be sacked on a fourth down attempt, turning the ball back over to West Texas A&M.


The Buffalos would respond with their longest drive of the night, a 13 play, 58 yard drive that would be finished off with a Sergio Castillo 29 yard field goal to pull within 10, at 20-10 with 6:06 to play in third quarter.

Winston-Salem State would answer right back on their next series, starting with a 36 yard connection from Kameron Smith to Jameze Massey, followed by a 10 yard rush by Maurice Lewis. Smith would also find Jamal Williams for 18 yards before back to back runs of four and nine yard by Maurice Lewis would put the Rams back in the endzone and back up 17 at 27-10.

By the end of the third quarter everyone in attendance dressed in their scarlet red and white could sense what was on the horizon.

The WSSU defense would keep the pressure on West Texas' quarterback and forced a punt back to the Rams early in the fourth quarter, and the Rams would make them pay for not getting the score closer.

Rushes by Bryce Sherman and Maurice Lewis, followed by passes from Smith to Tehvyn Brantley and finally to Jamal Williams from 21 yards away put the Rams back in the endzone with a commanding 34-10 lead.

WTAM's Dustin Vaughn would march the Buffs back down the field, covering 61 yards in 11 plays and Khiry Robinson would find paydirt from 13 yards out to cut the lead to 34-18 with 7:36 remaining.

But once again, Kameron Smith would lead the Rams on a sustained drive of nine plays covering 88 yards.

Maurice Lewis would start the drive with back to back runs of five and 15 yards, before Bryce Sherman would pick up 15 yards on a run. And as apropos as can be, Kameron Smith would find the endzone one last time in Bowman Gray Stadium on a 23 yard run to close out the scoring to give the Rams the 41-18 win.

Kameron Smith threw for 233 yards on 15 of 23 passing with two touchdowns and Maurice Lewis rushed for 118 yards and two scores. Bryce Sherman added 73 rushing yards and a score.

Jamal Williams finished with 99 yards receiving and one touchdown on five catches, while Juhuann Butler had five catches for 53 yards. Jameze Massey had two catches for 57 yards and a touchdown.

Defensively, Malcolm Rowe and Carlos Fields each finished with 10 tackles, with Fields also picking off one pass. Daniel Mungin added seven tackles and Michael Ford added four tackles. 10 other Rams had two tackles each. Justin Wilkerson added a sack and an interception, while Donnie Owens added 1.5 sacks as did Mareece Harris. Larry Hearne add an interception to go with his two tackles.

For the West Texas A&M Buffaloes, Dustin Vaughan threw for 169 yards and a touchdown, and Khiry Robinson ran for 137 yards and a score. Sergio Castillo hit a 29-yard field goal for the Buffs.

Winston-Salem State will face Valdosta State in the Division II championship game next Saturday in Florence, Ala. The game will be televised "live" on ESPN2 at 1:00pm eastern standard time.

Courtesy of WSSU Sports Information


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 Post subject: Re: PSAC/Div II Football
PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2012 11:26 am 
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FLORENCE BOUND! Valdosta State tops Minnesota State-Mankato 35-19

Blazers to make appearance in fourth national championship game
12/8/2012 8:15:00 PM

MANKATO, Minn. – Valdosta State compiled 498 yards of offense as the Blazers defeated Minnesota State-Mankato at Blakeslee Stadium in the NCAA Division II National Semifinals Saturday afternoon.

With the win, the Blazers improved to 11-2 and advances to next week's NCAA Division II National Championship game at Braly Stadium in Florence, Ala. Minnesota State-Mankato ends its season at 13-1.

The 498 yards by VSU marked the most given up by MSU on the season, which entered the game as the No. 3 defense in the nation in total yardage as it allowed just 267.7 per game. The game comes just two weeks after Valdosta State tallied 525 yards in the second round of the Division II playoffs against West Alabama, which was the fifth-ranked defense in the nation at the time.

The game marked Valdosta State's fourth trip to the national semifinals and the fourth time that the Blazers have advanced to the national championship game.

Minnesota State-Mankato dominated the first quarter of play as it held the ball for a little over 11 out of the first 15 minutes of play. Valdosta State ran just seven plays during the frame and managed just 36 yards. Meanwhile, the Mavericks ran 22 plays for 118 yards while taking a 3-0 lead. Sam Brockshus scored the only points of the quarter as, on the second MSU possession of the game, he capped off a 14-play drive with a 29-yard field goal.

Minnesota State-Mankato pushed its advantage to 10-0 less than three minutes into the second quarter when Adam Thielen caught a 17-yard pass, before Valdosta State got back in the game with a pair of long drives.

After falling behind 10-0, Valdosta State marched 82 yards on 10 plays to score on an eight-yard catch by Gerald Ford. The big play on the drive came when Cayden Cochran found Seantavious Jones for a 39-yard gain to the MSU 12. Two plays later, Cochran, who completed four-of-six passes on the drive, found Ford across the middle to cut the VSU deficit to 10-7 with 8:20 to go in the second quarter.

VSU forced a punt, which was downed on the VSU three, on the next Maverick drive and took over on marched 97 yards to take the lead. Austin Scott opened the drive with a 28-yard run while three plays later Cochran and Ford hooked up for a 22-yard gain. A Regginald Lewis 25-yard catch moved the ball to the MSU 12 before Cochran found Seantavious Jones in the right corner of the end zone to put VSU ahead 14-7.

After having a ball go off the fingers of a leaping Ford in the end zone to end the first half, Valdosta State pushed its advantage to 21-10 on the first drive of the second half. The Blazers took the opening drive 75 yards on 13 plays. Lewis got the Blazers into scoring position when he caught a screen pass, used his hand to keep his balance while spinning out of a tackle and ran 34 yards to the MSU 5. On the next play, Cochran ran a quarterback keeper up the middle for the score.

MSU marched 51 yards for a 39-yard Brockshus field goal on its ensuing drive, only to have the Blazers respond with Cochran's second rushing touchdown on the next drive to put VSU in front 28-13 with 14:40 to play in the game.

The Mavericks quickly answered the score as Andy Pfeiffer scored on a one-yard run just over three minutes later. However, the extra point was missed, as was a field goal on the ensuing MSU drive to give the Blazers a 28-19 lead with just over three minutes to play.

The Blazers closed out the scoring with 24 seconds remaining when Austin Scott took a hand-off around right end and raced 31 yards for a touchdown.

Scott ran for 158 yards, leaving him eight yards shy of 1,000 on the year. Cochran added 40 yards rushing while completing 16-of-28 passes for 278 yards. Jones caught four passes for 122 yards while Ford had eight catches for 76 yards, giving him 1,020 yards on the season.

Jeremy Grable led the Valdosta State defense with 12 tackles, including 10 in the first half, while Chris Pope had 10.

Minnesota State-Mankato registered 436 yards of offense, much of which came from quarterback Jon Wolf, who ran for 127 yards while completing 11-of-24 passes for 195 more. The Mavericks tallied 241 rushing yards and 195 through the air.

Tickets for next weekend's national championship game will be on sale in the Valdosta State Athletic Offices in The Complex beginning at 8:30 a.m. Monday morning. All tickets to the event are for reserved seating and cost $25. Valdosta State has an allotment of 1,000 tickets behind its bench while additional tickets on the VSU side of the field can be purchased at www.d2championship.com or at www.ncaa.com.

Courtesy of Valdosta State University Sports information


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Zulli Crowned Harlon Hill Trophy Winner
Former Kutztown Linebacker John Mobley Inducted into D-II Hall of Fame


Florence, Ala. - Shippensburg's Zach Zulli was named the 27th Annual Harlon Hill Trophy recipient on Friday evening in Florence, Ala. at the Harlon Hill Presentation and D-II Football Hall of Fame Banquet.

Zulli received 202 points in the voting, 64 points more than runningback Michael Hill of Missouri Western State. Bloomsburg's runningback Franklyn Quiteh was also a finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy and came in third.

Zulli is just the third PSAC athlete to win the Harlon Hill Trophy. In 2005, the PSAC also had two of the three finalists for the award. Bloomsburg runningback Jamar Brittingham was voted third overall, while East Stroudsburg quarterback Jimmy Terwilliger won the award. The only other PSAC player to win a Harlon Hill award is Irv Sigler, who was honored in 1997.

In addition to Zulli's winning of the Harlon Hill, former Kutztown linebacker John Mobley was inducted into Division II's Football Hall of Fame. Mobley is the second Kutztown athlete in the Hall of Fame, with Class of 2002 inductee Andre Reed being the first Golden Bear to gain entry into the Hall of Fame. Mobley, an All-American named to the Division II Team of the Quarter Century in 1997, was a starting linebacker for Kutztown from 1991-1995. Post-graduation, Mobley was selected 15th in the 1996 NFL draft and went on to win two Super Bowls with the Denver Broncos as part of an eight-year NFL career.

More information about Zulli provided by Shippensburg Sports Information

Zulli still leads all divisions of college football this season with 54 touchdown passes and 4,747 passing yards – tying the NCAA single-season record for touchdown passes in a season while breaking NCAA single-season records for points responsible for in a season (344) and touchdowns responsible for in a season (57).

All three of those records were previously set in 2000 by Valdosta State quarterback Dusty Bonner, who won the Harlon Hill Trophy that season and again in 2001.

Zulli, in just his second season as SU’s starting signal caller, has quarterbacked the No. 1 total offense (529.92 ypg) and No. 2 passing offense in Division II (387.69) while individual ranking No. 3 in Division II for total offense (382.3 ypg) and No. 5 in passing efficiency (165.25).

Shippensburg has broken or tied 73 school records this season. Of the 45 new individual records identified thus far by the sports information office, 25 have been achieved by Zulli, including single-game passing yards (581 at Kutztown), single-game passing touchdowns (9 at Kutztown; tying PSAC record), consecutive passes without an interception (200), single-season completions (342; PSAC record) and career rushing yards by a quarterback (588).

Courtesy of the Official PSAC Website


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Valdosta Wins Div II Title

Valdosta state defeated Winston-Salem today by a score of 35-7 to win the Div II national title. Although WSSU show flashes of offensive brilliance, the Rams could never really consistently keep their offense going. They either shot themselves in the foot, or even more so Valdosta's defense just didn't let them ever get on a roll due to clutch defensive plays and also by causing a number of turnovers by the Rams. More details to follow later on. A very convincing win by the VSU Blazers!


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NATIONAL CHAMPION!!!

Blazers roll to third title with 35-7 victory over Winston-Salem State
12/15/2012 5:45:00 PM

FLORENCE, Ala. – Valdosta State used a dominating running game and a defense that forced six turnovers, to defeat Winston-Salem State 35-7 to win the school's third NCAA Division II Football National Championship Saturday afternoon at Braly Stadium.

The Blazers tallied 207 yards rushing, the most surrendered by the Rams this season, and scored three touchdowns while the Blazer Black Swarm defense intercepted three passes and also recovered three fumbles. With the victory, VSU finished the year at 12-2, including wins in each of its last 10 games.

Valdosta State quickly got on the board as Matt Pierce returned the game's opening kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown to put the Blazers in front 7-0 just 12 seconds into the game.

VSU forced a turnover on downs on the first Winston-Salem State drive of the game and proceeded to march 63 yards for a touchdown. Cedric O'Neal opened the drive with a 12-yard gain before Cayden Cochran completed three passes for 24 yards. An O'Neal one-yard run on a third-down play brought up a fourth down play, from which O'Neal burst through the line and broke a tackle before racing to the end zone for a 14-0 VSU advantage.

Cochran pushed the Blazer lead to 21-0 with 5:40 to go in the second quarter as he capped off a 13-play drive with a one-yard plunge for a touchdown. The junior completed all seven of his passes on the drive for 30 yards while O'Neal put VSU in scoring position when he took a hand-off and was stopped up the middle before bouncing the ball outside for a 19-yard gain to the WSSU 1. After a pass gained no yards, Cochran plunged into the end zone on a keeper for the score.

Both teams threatened over the remainder of the half, but were unable to find the end zone. The half marked the first time that Winston-Salem State had been shut out in a half this year. The Rams out-gained Valdosta State 249 to 162 during the first 30 minutes of play, but turned the ball over two times and saw Valdosta State come up with three sacks to thwart any scoring attempt.

Winston-Salem State got on the board on its second drive of the second half as it marched 80 yards on eight plays. VSU almost stopped the drive as Dominique Wheeler, who had ended the previous WSSU drive with an interception, had a ball go through his hands on a potential second interception. Five plays later, Kameron Smith hooked up with Jameze Massey from 29 yards out to cut the Ram deficit to 21-7 with 9:25 to go in the third quarter.

After Jeremy Grable stripped Smith from the ball on the VSU 1, a fumble that was recovered by the Blazers in the end zone, Valdosta State put together its longest scoring drive of the year, both in terms of plays and time of possession to push its lead back to three touchdowns. The Blazers used 17 plays on the drive and took 7:30 off of the clock as it marched 80 yards. Much of the offense came on the ground as O'Neal picked up 35 yards rushing while Austin Scott had 15 more. Facing a third and seven from the WSSU 17, the Blazers went to the air for the touchdown as Cochran lofted the ball to Quin Roberson for the score and a 28-7 VSU lead.

A muffed punt on the WSSU 6 yard line led to a Cochran 1-yard touchdown run to close out the scoring with 3:32 to play.

Scott gained 38 yards in the game to finish the season with 1,030 on the season, giving Valdosta State two 1,000 yard rushers in the same season for the first time in school history as O'Neal, who recorded his fifth 100-yard game with 140, finished the year with 1,198, the fifth-most in school history.

Valdosta State tallied 316 yards of total offense in the game, including 109 through the air by Cochran, who completed 18-of-26 passes. Quin Roberson and Regginald Lewis caught six passes each while Chris Pope led the defense with 10 tackles and a fumble recovery. In addition to the six turnovers, VSU also recorded five sacks in the game, including two by Tyler Josey.

Winston-Salem State had 412 yards of offense as it passed for 310 and ran for 102.

Courtesy of Valdosta State Sports Information


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 Post subject: Re: PSAC/Div II Football
PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2012 11:19 am 
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So once again the Div II football season has come to an end. It was great following it from late August up until yesterday. I hope some of you enjoyed my coverage--especially that portion pertaining to the PSAC. I wish to express my appreciation for being allowed to do my thing on this website. I wish everybody a joyous holiday season and a happy, prosperous New Year. It is my hope to return to this website next August with coverage of the 2013 PSAC and Div II football season. Thanks again to all who viewed and commented. It was gratifying to see my report go over 10,000 views. Incidentally, Husky did pick Valdosta to win the championship game to up his playoff picks record to 16-7. :D Stay well, everybody.

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