Hen­dri­eth, Ap­pren­tice roll to first NCFA cham­pi­onship

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Builders dom­i­nate Michi­gan’s Griz­zlies to cap­ture crown

Ap­pren­tice School joined the Na­tional Club Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion and im­me­di­ately as­cended to its throne.

The Builders, in their first NCFA season, com­pleted an 8-0 run through NCFA op­po­nents Satur­day by de­feat­ing the Oak­land Golden Griz­zlies of Michi­gan 56-14 for the na­tional cham­pi­onship at West Lib­erty Univer- sity's sta­dium in Wheel­ing, W.Va.

Ap­pren­tice was 1-3 this season against NCAA com­pe­ti­tion, but the Builders gained con­fi­dence as they out­classed foe af­ter club foe.

Fred Hen­dri­eth's 6-yard run pro­vided the first of two touch­downs that gave Ap­pren­tice a 14-0 lead in the first quar­ter.

Down 22-0, Oak­land then bounced back, scor­ing two con­sec­u­tive touch­downs to cut the half­time deficit to 22-14. But the sec­ond half be­longed to Ap­pren­tice, as Hen­dri­eth re-es­tab­lished the mo­men­tum with a 55-yard touch­down run to put Ap­pren­tice ahead 28-14 with 13:05 left in the third quar­ter.

Ter­rence Sud­berry's 31-yard touch­down pass to Po­qu­o­son's Ethan Bryce in­creased the lead to 34-14 with 5:03 left in the third quar­ter, and a Sud­berry keeper for a TD but wrapped it up with 1:08 left in the third.

First-year coach John Davis said be­fore the season that Ap­pren­tice would spend two years in the NCFA and re-eval­u­ate af­ter that. The Builders had mostly strug­gled in foot­ball for the past gen­er­a­tion be­fore be­ing re­vi­tal­ized with Davis and the NCFA, but now they own their first foot­ball cham­pi­onship — in their first play­off ap­pear­ance.

PATRICK SEMANSKY/AP

Al­abama of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Mike Lock­sley, seen above dur­ing his stint as Mary­land’s in­terim coach in 2015, is be­ing con­sid­ered for the Ter­rap­ins’ va­cant coach­ing position.

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