Houston (Houston Post): The North Central South Dakota Polytechnic Institute (Norcentral) Freaking Plovers repeated as champions of the BI6 Conference on Saturday night, taking a 19-9 decision over the Alabama Crimson Tide at Houston’s Reliant Stadium. The 71,994 fans attending, expecting offensive fireworks, were instead treated to a defensive spectacle of the ages.
Tide quarterback, Jack Sanders, ran amok in the first quarter picking up 56 yards on scrambles. Those yards would later be erased by a swarming Plover pass rush. The Mobridge Maulers would record 7 sacks before the evening came to close.
Alabama brought some drama to the contest late in the 4th quarter. After scoring with just over 2 minutes remaining they recovered the ensuing onside kick at the Norcentral 48. But to no avail as the Plovers soon took over on downs and burned the remaining clock.
After the contest, Head Football Coach and Chancellor (for life), Gomer S. Blake, was met by ESPN sideline reporter Beth Mowins. “This was a great day for Plover Nation!”, he bellowed. “I was a little disproportioned by our performance on offense, but our defense played with veracity. I am proud of this team, lets win!”
The Plovers take home their sixth consecutive BI6 Conference Title and are poised to play the winner of Saturday’s classic Army-Navy game for the National Championship on January 4th.
|How They Scored:|
|1st Quarter||1:44 TD Plovers: C. Browning 1 yd run (W. Miller kick)|
|2nd Quarter||1:43 TD Plovers: G. Williams 25 yd pass from D. Tyson (2 pt failed)|
|0:01 FG Bama: R. Smith 45 yd|
|4th Quarter||4:03 TD Plovers: M. Weddle 9 yd pass from D. Tyson (2 pt failed)|
|2:12 TD Bama: M. Taylor 16 yd pass from J. Sanders (2 pt failed)|
|4-8||3rd Down Conv||5-8|
|1-2||4th Down Conv||2-3|