Hendrieth, Apprentice roll to first NCFA championship
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.
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.