Lenoir-Rhyne, Northwest Missouri vie for D-2 title

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 20, 2013 at 1:28 pm •  Published: December 20, 2013
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FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Surprising Lenoir-Rhyne and powerhouse Northwest Missouri State are set to meet in the Division II national championship game.

Lenoir-Rhyne is in the playoffs for only the second time while unbeaten Northwest Missouri is making its record eighth trip to the title game.

Onetime third-team quarterback Josh Justice has carried Lenoir-Rhyne through the playoffs after injuries to the top two. He runs a spread flexbone offense that didn't attempt a pass in the semifinals.

Justice says this playoff run means "everyone nationwide is hearing our name and putting little ole Lenoir-Rhyne University of Hickory, N.C., on the map."

Northwest Missouri State is gunning for its fourth Division II title and trying to become only the fifth team to go 15-0. The Bearcats also did it in 1998.



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