FOOTBALL

New Hampshire edges Lions in quarterfinals

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

HAMMOND – New Hampshire sophomore quarterback Sean Goldrich's two-yard touchdown with 47 seconds remaining proved the game-winner, as the Wildcats defeated Southeastern Louisiana, 20-17, in a NCAA Division I Football Championship matchup Saturday night at Strawberry Stadium.

Southeastern (11-3) had one last chance and moved into New Hampshire territory in the final seconds, but UNH stopped sophomore running back Kody Sutton as the Lions tried several laterals on the game's final play.

The loss ended a historic season for the Southland Conference champion Lions, who won their first conference championship since 1961, set a new single-season school record for victories and made their first-ever trip to the FCS playoffs. UNH (10-4) advances to face two-time defending national champion North Dakota State on Friday at 7 p.m. in Fargo, N.D.

"I'm extremely proud of what our program was able to accomplish this season and I think the future is extremely bright,"Southeastern head coach Ron Roberts said. "To get our first taste of playoff competition is something that is obviously going to benefit our returners."