Rutter, North Central roll to 1st D-III title game
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.
Malcolm Perry, right, carries the ball as Edriece Patterson of Army defends in Navy’s victory Saturday.