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St. Norbert stops Trine in its tracks

Matt Galanopoulos with the ball in a St. Norbert file photo.
St. Norbert was the more effective team on both offense and defense.
d3photography.com file photo by Steve Frommell
 

St. Norbert pulled off the first-round road win, while UW-Whitewater, Bethel and North Central cruised in the bottom left-hand corner of the bracket in the first round of the 2018 Division III football playoffs.

 

The past decade of playoffs

Here's how Division III conferences have performed in the playoffs over the past 10 postseasons, from 2009 through the first round of 2018:

 
  Conference W L Pct.  
  WIAC 44 9 .830  
  OAC 46 13 .780  
  Independents 16 7 .696  
  MIAC 30 15 .667  
  ASC 26 15 .634  
  NWC 18 12 .600  
  E8 17 12 .586  
  CCIW 17 15 .531  
  MAC 12 12 .500  
  NJAC 13 13 .500  
  Centennial 8 10 .444  
  NCAC 10 13 .435  
  SAA 3 4 .429  
  LL 6 9 .400  
  IIAC 7 12 .368  
  PAC 6 12 .333  
  HCAC 3 10 .231  
  MIAA 3 10 .231  
  SCAC 1 4 .200  
  USAC 2 10 .167  
  MWC 2 10 .167  
  ODAC 2 10 .167  
  NEFC/CCC 2 12 .143  
  ECFC 1 9 .100  
  NEWMAC 0 2 .000  
  UAA 0 2 .000  
  MASCAC 0 4 .000  
  UMAC 0 8 .000  
  NACC 0 10 .000  
  SCIAC 0 11 .000  

Matt Gurgone outscored Trine all by himself, as the senior linebacker picked off a pass, then recovered a fumble, and returned them for touchdowns on consecutive possessions to help St. Norbert roll past No. 12 Trine by a 31-7 score. Lamar Carswell turned the ball over on two third-quarter possessions and Gurgone returned one 35 yards for a touchdown, just one play after he had intercepted Brandon Winters and returned it 26 yards for a touchdown. Those two scores put the exclamation point on a defensive performance which saw the Green Knights keep Lamar Carswell out of the end zone and limit him to 3.4 yards per carry, 32 carries for 110 yards. Winters completed just three of 12 passes and threw three interceptions. 

The Green Knights held their opponent without an offensive touchdown for the third consecutive game. Drew Rhodes had 23 carries for 130 yards and two touchdowns and completed three of five passes in the St. Norbert triple-option offense. It's the first playoff win for St. Norbert since 2003. 

Ronny Ponnick ran for 202 yards and three touchdowns, while Alex Peete ran for 116 yards and three more scores for UW-Whitewater, while the Warhawks' defense bottled up LeAnthony Reasnover in cruising to a 67-14 win vs. Eureka. It was the Warhawks' 16th consecutive victory. Reasnover went for 50 yards on 21 carries for the Red Devils. All five of the Warhawks' scoring drives in the second quarter were less than two minutes. Sophomore running back Ronny Ponick completed a six-play, 81-yard drive – all on his running plays – with a 1-yard plunge for a touchdown. The Warhawks scored all nine of their touchdowns on the ground. 

Ethan Greenfield and Dominick Muoghalu each ran for two touchdowns and North Central held Hanover to 12-for-31 passing with three interceptions as the Cardinals advanced with ease, defeating the Panthers 52-0. The Cardinals held Hanover without a third-down conversion the entire afternoon, as the Panthers were 0-for-13, then 0-for-4 on fourth down. Broc Rutter went 14-for-23 for the Cardinals for 200 yards and a touchdown.

Bethel made it look easy against Wartburg, scoring 28 second-quarter points en route to a 41-14 win vs. Wartburg. The Knights had no solution for the running tandem of quarterback Jaran Roste and running back Sam Gibas, as those two combined for 28 carries and 257, with Roste scoring three touchdowns on the run. Mike Delich added seven carries for 51 yards and two scores as well. Matt Sacia completed 23 of 41 passes for 230 yards and two scores, but the Knights finished with minus-42 yards on the ground.

Bethel will play at North Central in the second round, with UW-Whitewater hosting St. Norbert when the NCAA makes the second-round bracket official on Sunday.

Sep. 13: All times Eastern
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Coast Guard 24, at Nichols 23
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Western New England 56, at Westfield State 35
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at Massachusetts Maritime 31, SUNY-Maritime 14
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Becker 12, at Worcester State 10
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William Paterson 28, at FDU-Florham 23
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at Brockport 14, Framingham State 0
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at Lawrence Tech 34, Wisconsin Lutheran 14
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at Norwich 30, St. Lawrence 24
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Montclair State 28, at Salve Regina 11
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at Utica 26, Buffalo State 15
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at Springfield 21, Kean 14
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at St. John Fisher 35, Bridgewater State 28
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at Mass-Dartmouth 48, Husson 41
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Shenandoah 35, at N.C. Wesleyan 19
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at Endicott 28, Rochester 3
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Cortland 31, at TCNJ 7
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at Salisbury 24, UW-Oshkosh 19
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at Franklin Pierce 29, Curry 27
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at Georgetown 69, Catholic 0
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University of New England 35, at Alvernia 28
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Ferrum 55, at Greensboro 7
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Hamilton 37, at Bowdoin 24
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at Amherst 27, Bates 13
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Union 54, at Anna Maria 7
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at Plymouth State 48, Maine Maritime 6
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Wittenberg 36, at Hiram 12
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at Wesleyan 30, Colby 10
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at Wooster 17, Oberlin 0
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at Hanover 49, Adrian 28
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Guilford 19, at Methodist 14
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at Franklin and Marshall 54, Juniata 0
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Susquehanna 28, at Johns Hopkins 27
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Hobart 38, at Morrisville State 24
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at Lycoming 43, Widener 42
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Ripon 45, at Finlandia 12
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Washington and Jefferson 59, at Thiel 0
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at Westminster (Pa.) 45, Waynesburg 21
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Wesley 24, at Delaware Valley 18
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at Alfred 15, George Fox 14
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at Wilkes 30, Lebanon Valley 24
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McDaniel 13, at Moravian 10
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Muhlenberg 38, at Dickinson 9
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Ursinus 48, at Gettysburg 10
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at Washington and Lee 42, Sewanee 7
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UW-Whitewater 20, at Concordia-Moorhead 10
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at St. Scholastica 41, Presentation 13
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Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 30, at Northwestern (Minn.) 7
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at Tufts 14, Trinity (Conn.) 8
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Ohio Northern 39, at Muskingum 10
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at Hope 80, Defiance 6
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Trine 35, at Bluffton 20
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at Heidelberg 35, Wilmington 10
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at Middlebury 17, Williams 13
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Linfield 35, at Rowan 14
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Baldwin Wallace 45, at Otterbein 28
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Ohio Wesleyan 42, at Kenyon 0
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at Fitchburg State 12, Castleton 10
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at Central 45, DePauw 19
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Millsaps 35, at Westminster (Mo.) 10
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Olivet 54, at Concordia-Chicago 24
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at UW-Stevens Point 31, Wabash 28
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Carleton 20, at Lawrence 10
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at Simpson 27, Chicago 23
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at Greenville 31, Kalamazoo 17
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Concordia (Wis.) 31, at Augsburg 0
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at Martin Luther 34, Rockford 20
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at Lake Forest 44, Grinnell 0
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Bethel 38, at UW-River Falls 20
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at St. Norbert 27, UW-Eau Claire 21
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at Crown 23, Beloit 6
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Aurora 48, at Elmhurst 22
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Howard Payne 56, at McMurry 37
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at UW-La Crosse 33, Illinois Wesleyan 27
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at Knox 44, Iowa Wesleyan 0
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at Nebraska Wesleyan 25, Illinois College 20
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Gustavus Adolphus 41, at UW-Stout 31
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at WPI 6, RPI 3
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St. Olaf 33, at Luther 20
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at La Verne 43, Willamette 33
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at Pomona-Pitzer 20, Lewis and Clark 0
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at Pacific Lutheran 17, Cal Lutheran 10
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Hartwick 30, at Alfred State 20
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at Western Connecticut 41, Dean 16
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Alma 35, at Manchester 7
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Randolph-Macon 30, at Averett 27
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Albion 48, at Franklin 26
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at Berry 34, LaGrange 9
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at Anderson 27, Cincinnati Christian 23
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Hampden-Sydney 27, at Christopher Newport 24
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Carnegie Mellon 31, at Geneva 6
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Marietta 44, at Capital 7
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Bridgewater 37, at Stevenson 22
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at Centre 27, Maryville (Tenn.) 22
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at Grove City 26, Bethany 15
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Austin 27, at Southwestern Assemblies 26
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at Loras 42, Benedictine 14
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at Hardin-Simmons 16, Trinity (Texas) 10
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at Dubuque 37, Pacific 26
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at Buena Vista 27, Concordia (Neb.) 24
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at Birmingham-Southern 45, Huntingdon 13
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at Eureka 41, MacMurray 24
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Hendrix 26, at Texas Lutheran 23
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 56, Albright 15
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Valley City State 67, at Minnesota-Morris 7
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at Wartburg 38, Monmouth 9
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Rose-Hulman 30, at Rhodes 0
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Hamline 31, at Macalester 27
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Louisiana College 20, at Belhaven 14
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at Texas A&M-Kingsville 72, Sul Ross State 0
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at Redlands 58, Puget Sound 7
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at Coe 38, Cornell 0
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Johns Hopkins 17, at Randolph-Macon 12
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Delaware Valley 37, at Kean 7
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at RPI 52, Allegheny 14
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North Central (Ill.) 43, at Christopher Newport 13
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Wesley 69, at Franklin Pierce 0
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at Muhlenberg 45, TCNJ 26
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Ithaca 66, at St. Vincent 28
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at Washington and Jefferson 16, Wittenberg 8
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at John Carroll 21, UW-Stevens Point 7
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Centre 45, at Hanover 31
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Berry 31, at Maryville (Tenn.) 10
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at Bethel 42, Simpson 10
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Wheaton (Ill.) 38, at Monmouth 0
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St. John's 14, at UW-Stout 7
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at UW-La Crosse 21, Concordia-Moorhead 14
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Whitworth 50, at La Verne 24
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at St. Thomas 69, Trinity International 3
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at UW-Whitewater 42, Dubuque 7
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Mount Union 66, at Rose-Hulman 14
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Hardin-Simmons 64, at Sul Ross State 0
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