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DIII Football Championship: Mount Union defeats Mary Hardin-Baylor for 13th championship

DIII Football Championship: Mount Union defeats Mary Hardin-Baylor for 13th championship

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The 45th Stagg Bowl is history. Mount Union is DIII football's 2017 national champion after defeating Mary Hardin-Baylor 12-0 Friday night in Salem, Va.Interactive bracket | Printable bracketThere was plenty to watch for in the 2017 Division III Football Championship. It was the final Stagg Bowl played at Salem Stadium, its home for the past 25 years. It pitted Mount Union, who has more Stagg Bowl championships than any other program, against Mary Hardin-Baylor, the reigning DIII champions. It was the No. 1 offense (Mount Union) against the No. 1 defense (UMHB).It was everything a championship football game should be, and ended as the lowest scoring Stagg Bowl in history.It was a defensive battle from start to finish, with both teams totaling a mere 200 yards of net offense in the first...
CIF football: Serra sets school record to reach state finals

CIF football: Serra sets school record to reach state finals

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Serra couldn’t prevent UCLA-commit Kazmeir Allen from breaking a national record, but it hardly mattered Friday night at Bob Mathias Stadium in Tulare during the CIF NorCal Division 2-AA championship bowl game.The Padres booked a return trip to next weekend’s state finals at Sacramento State with a record-setting performance of their own in an electrifying 76-43 victory over Tulare Union.Serra (12-2) found the end zone 11 times — 3 passing, 7 rushing, 1 fumble return — to surpass the previous school record for most points in a single game, 69, set in 2003.Next up is SoCal champion Cajon (14-1) of San Bernardino, which won a shootout of its own 70-23 over Rancho Verde (12-2) of Moreno Valley.It’s the second appearance in the state finals for the Padres, who last year fell 42-40 in the CI
Tracking college football's top 25 picture in Week 14 as final scores roll in

Tracking college football's top 25 picture in Week 14 as final scores roll in

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This is it. The college football season and Playoff picture comes down to conference championship weekend, with full rankings out and stakes established. We know which games are Playoff play-ins, which teams need help, and which teams are just playing for nice bowl games.Below, let’s keep track of Week 14’s ranked games (and other important games) from the Playoff committee’s perspective, which means it’s not only about who you beat, but how it relates to the full picture.No. 1 Clemson vs. No. 7 Miami: The Tigers enter as No. 1 and can lock up that seed with a win. The only reward this year: not having to travel to Pasadena. They’d host a semifinal in New Orleans. The Canes are also win-and-in. (And while an 11-2 Clemson would be out of the CFP, don’t rule out the Tigers still ranking a
Carl Lawson's thirst for football turned a young spectator into a sack machine

Carl Lawson's thirst for football turned a young spectator into a sack machine

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7:00 AM ETCINCINNATI -- Carl Lawson Sr. can remember the moment he knew his son might have a future in football.The younger Lawson was about 8 years old when a family friend took him to a youth football game. Carl Lawson Jr. was supposed to sit in the stands but curiosity got the best of him; he climbed down, entered the game and made a tackle without a helmet or shoulder pads.Carl's father had been reluctant to push football on him even though athletics ran in the family. Carl Jr.'s great uncle ran in the 100-meter dash in the 1972 Munich Olympics, and Lawson Sr. had been a football player himself, playing fullback for the 1990 Georgia Tech team that won the national championship. But after that day, he couldn't deny his son was probably destined to play the sport.Neither one has had o...
Bowl projections: College Football Playoff, bowl games predictions

Bowl projections: College Football Playoff, bowl games predictions

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Making bowl projections is like trying to slot basketball teams into the NCAA tournament. They’re never going to be perfect and one alteration affects the entire field.As we enter college football’s final weekend, the scenarios are endless for the College Football Playoff. One upset in this weekend’s championship games and the entire bowl structure changes significantly. A Big Ten championship win by Ohio State over unbeaten Wisconsin could set up an all-time debate between the Buckeyes and Alabama for the fourth playoff spot. Upsets by TCU or Miami could have both playoff and bowl ramifications.Entering Saturday’s games, here are Land of 10 reporter Scott Dochterman’s bowl projections:Bowl projections: College Football PlayoffSUGAR: 1. Clemson vs. 4. WisconsinROSE: 2. Auburn

Narbonne captures City Section Open Division football title with emotional win

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Teenagers are known for their resiliency, but 17-year-old defensive tackle Lance Manuleleua of Narbonne had to dig deep to make it through this football season.It was a year ago, before the City Section championship game, that police came to escort him away. His father, Ioane, 49, had collapsed in the elevator at El Camino College. He later died.So there he was on Friday night, back to the same place, playing in the Open Division championship game against Crenshaw. At halftime, he became very emotional.“I miss him very much,” Manuleleua said. “I went into the corner and said a prayer.”Soon he was being hugged by teammates and smiling after Narbonne (10-3) won its seventh championship in the last 10 seasons with a 48-7 win over Crenshaw.“In the beginning of the summer, I was emotional,”
Badgers football: Wisconsin's defense making a case for title of best in nation

Badgers football: Wisconsin's defense making a case for title of best in nation

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University of Wisconsin cornerback Derrick Tindal doesn’t focus solely on himself when watching film of games this season.That’s not always because he needs to watch other areas of the field or learn responsibilities of other defensive players positioned alongside him.Sometimes, he simply enjoys it.“When I look at film, I don’t just watch our DBs or just watch myself,” Tindal said. “I like to watch our linebackers and D-line. Every time I watch film, I’m just amazed at what I see. ... I’ve been telling (the media) since Day 1, I feel like we’ve got the best defense in the nation.”If the third-ranked Badgers play like they have all season against No. 8 Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game tonight, the rest of the country will likely begin agreeing with Tindal.UW allows 236.9 yards
Phillip Fulmer's Big Task As Tennessee AD Is to Follow Fans' Lead and Unify In-House Factions

Phillip Fulmer's Big Task As Tennessee AD Is to Follow Fans' Lead and Unify In-House Factions

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Tennessee chancellor Beverly Davenport sat alongside former football coach and new athletic director Phillip Fulmer and tried to explain how the Volunteers can move forward after a week that has humiliated the program, the school and the state. Earlier in the day, Davenport had jettisoned athletic director John Currie, a man she hired less than a year ago. Davenport dodged questions about exactly why she fired Currie, each time retreating to a version of the same platitude. “We are here today,” Davenport said, “to begin a new era and a new opportunity to move the University of Tennessee forward.”That will never happen if Tennessee keeps operating the way it has throughout this decade. Its leaders haven’t sung from the same hymnal in years. But there is one group the people in charge sho