Rut­ter, North Cen­tral roll to 1st D-III ti­tle game

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Broc Rut­ter threw for five touch­downs — four to An­drew Kamien­ski — and North Cen­tral routed host Muh­len­berg 45-14 on Satur­day in a Di­vi­sion III semi­fi­nal in Al­len­town, Pa.

North Cen­tral (13-1) ad­vanced to its first cham­pi­onship game in school his­tory and will play Wis­con­sin-Whitewater for the ti­tle in the Stagg Bowl at 7 p.m. Fri­day in Shenan­doah, Texas. Whitewater de­feated St. John’s (Min­nesota) 35-32 on Satur­day.

Ethan Green­field ran for 199 yards on 21 car­ries for North Cen­tral, which reeled off touch­downs on five con­sec­u­tive drives and went to half­time lead­ing 38-7. Rut­ter threw a 2-yard touch­down pass to Kamien­ski, a 51-yarder to Blake Wil­liams, then scor­ing passes of 8, 5 and 19 yards to Kamien­ski.

Rut­ter was 16-of-25 pass­ing, and Kamien­ski had 11 re­cep­tions for 112 yards.

Navy 31, Army 7: Navy used a trick play to help re­verse a rare los­ing streak against Army, and Mal­colm Perry ran for a ca­reer-high 304 yards and two touch­downs in the No. 23 Mid­ship­men’s vic­tory Satur­day in Philadel­phia.

Navy (10-2) won the Com­man­der-InChief’s Tro­phy for the 16th time and snapped a three-game skid to Army in the 120th game be­tween the ser­vice acad­e­mies. Navy leads the se­ries 61-52-7. The Black Knights (5-8) were try­ing to win four straight in the se­ries for the first time since 1993-96.

Perry, a 5-foot-9, 190-pound se­nior quar­ter­back, ran for a 55-yard touch­down in the first half, added a 44-yard run and set Navy sea­son records for rush­ing yards and 100-yard games.

But his most GIF-wor­thy play didn’t end up with his name on the scor­ing sheet. Perry took the snap at the Army 1-yard line, ran to his left and handed off to re­ceiver Chance War­ren, who threw to Ja­male Carothers for a touch­down and a 14-7 lead. It was Navy’s twist on the Philly Spe­cial at the home of the NFL’s Ea­gles.

It was Navy’s only pass­ing yard of the game. Perry was named MVP. Perry did not at­tempt a pass, and Army sur­prise starter Chris­tian An­der­son threw just one.

North Dakota State 9, Illi­nois State 3: Grif­fin Crosa kicked three sec­ond-quar­ter field goals, and the de­fend­ing na­tional cham­pion Bi­son beat the Red­birds in an FCS quar­ter­fi­nal in Fargo, N.D.

The top-seeded Bi­son (14-0) will play host to No. 5 seed Mon­tana State on Satur­day af­ter post­ing their 35th con­sec­u­tive vic­tory, ex­tend­ing their FCS record. They have won seven of the last eight FCS cham­pi­onships.

The Bi­son held the un­seeded Red­birds (10-5) to three points for the sec­ond time this sea­son, hav­ing beaten Illi­nois State 37-3 on Oct. 5 in Nor­mal, Ill. Illi­nois State’s only points Satur­day came from Sam Fen­la­son’s 27-yard field goal af­ter a 70-yard drive. The Red­birds reached Bi­son ter­ri­tory only one other time.

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Mal­colm Perry, right, car­ries the ball as Edriece Pat­ter­son of Army de­fends in Navy’s vic­tory Satur­day.

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