ALLENDALE, Mich. -- Brad Iciek ran for four touchdowns and
passed for two others, leading Grand Valley State over Central
Washington 41-21 on Saturday in the quarterfinals of the NCAA
Division II playoffs.
The Lakers (12-0), two-time defending national champions,
extended their division record for consecutive wins to 40. Blake
Smolen led their rushing attack with 200 yards.
Grand Valley State will play Northwest Missouri State in the
semifinals, a rematch of last year's national championship game.
Iciek ran for three touchdowns and passed for one in the first
half for a 27-0 lead. Grand Valley had 175 yards rushing and held
Central Washington (10-3) to 13, and had a 306-46 advantage in
total yards in the half.
Mike Reilly finished with 27 completions for 275 yards for the
Wildcats, who hurt themselves with three turnovers in the first 7
minutes of the game.
Reilly passed to Brandon Stout for a 9-yard touchdown early in
the fourth quarter for the Wildcats. Iciek scored his fourth
rushing touchdown from 5 yards for Grand Valley's final score.
Northwest Missouri St. 26, Chadron St. 13
CHADRON, Neb. (AP) _ Xavier Omon ran for a school-record 309
yards and three touchdowns, leading Northwest Missouri State past
turnover-plagued Chadron State.
It was the second straight year the Bearcats (11-1) beat the
Eagles in the quarterfinals.
Northwest Missouri State advances to a semifinal against
two-time defending champion Grand Valley State, which defeated the
Bearcats in last year's national title game.
Northwest Missouri scored on its second play from scrimmage when
Omon broke a 34-yard TD run. The Bearcats added a safety, then Omon
ran in from 4 yards to make it 16-0.
Omon upstaged Chadron's Danny Woodhead for the second straight
year. Omon, whose previous best rushing performance was 274 yards
against Pittsburg State in October, piled up his 309 yards on 37
carries against the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference's top
Woodhead, who earlier this season broke R.J. Bowers'
all-division career rushing record, ran 21 times for 91 yards but
lost two fumbles for Chadron State (12-1).
California, Pa. 58, Shepherd 38
CALIFORNIA, Pa. -- Windell Brown ran for three touchdowns
and Daine Williams added two more on the ground, leading California
University of Pennsylvania over Shepherd.
California (13-0) amassed 535 yards in total offense, including
311 on the ground, while holding the Rams to only 34 yards rushing.
Williams finished with for 179 yards rushing, while Brown ran
Brown's first two touchdowns came on runs of 39 and 11 yards,
and he added the third on a 36-yard run to help put the game out of
reach. California will play Valdosta State in the semis.
Shepherd (10-2) scored first when Dervon Wallace ran back the
opening kickoff 83 yards for a touchdown. But that was the only
time the Rams would have the lead.
California made it 7-7 a couple minutes later when Williams ran
in from 1 yard out. The Vulcans took the lead about 3 minutes later
when Joe Slappy caught a 14-yard pass from Joe Ruggiero, who
finished 18-of-26 for 224 yards with two touchdowns.
Valdosta State 37, North Alabama 23
Valdosta, Ga. -- Sherard Reynolds and Jamaal Clark each had
a punt return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, helping
Valdosta State rally past North Alabama.
The Blazers (11-1) will play California University of
Pennsylvania in the semifinals.
A.J. Milwee threw for 318 yards and two touchdowns, and added
another TD on the ground for North Alabama (10-2).
Along with Reynolds' and Clark's scores, the Blazers had another
special teams score in the opening quarter when Ronnye Nelson
returned a kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown.
Valdosta State trailed 23-16 with just over 11 minutes left in
the fourth quarter, then scored the last 21 points. Reynolds
started the comeback with a 65-yard punt return for a touchdown and
Clark then scored on an 80-yard return to give the Blazers a 30-23
Then Valdosta State put the game away when Cedric Jones caught a
3-yard touchdown from Willie Copeland, who finished 24-of-35 for
214 yards and a pair of touchdowns.