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GSA vs. Duncan (19-0)
The Graduate Student Association trumped Duncan College 19-0 to earn the North Division wild-card spot. GSA quarterback Stacy Prukop consistently drove her team downfield with precise passes, and Duncan was unable to respond. Even though GSA is 4-3 overall going into the playoffs, it is tied for second place with McMurtry College for the largest point differential.
Lovett vs. Baker (6-0)
Lovett College defeated Baker College last Wednesday, Nov. 6 in a cold and slow-moving South Division matchup. Lovett found the endzone with a quarterback sneak by sophomore Maddie Flores in the second quarter, but both teams failed to score beyond that point. While 2-5 Baker would not have advanced to the playoffs regardless of the game's outcome, Lovett's win put them in a position to clinch the South Division wild-card spot.
Sid Rich vs. Hanszen (14-7)
Sid Richardson College dashed Hanszen College's hopes for the playoffs after junior Hannah Thompson ran an interception back for a pick six in the last 30 seconds of the game. Despite a scoreless first half, Sid Rich put up the first score in the third quarter. Hanszen responded with a late fourth-quarter touchdown by senior Priyanka Duvvuru. However, the final interception by Thompson ended the game and put Sid Rich in a position to win the South Division.
Sid Rich vs. Lovett (13-0)
While both teams went into this game with a guaranteed playoff berth, Sid Rich earned a first-round bye with a 13-0 win. After a first drive touchdown for Sid Rich, Lovett continually drove the ball near the end zone only to result in fourth-down turnovers. Sid Rich secured the victory with a third-quarter touchdown after a breakaway run play by Thompson.
Sid Rich Head Coach Drew Travis said that even though the team finished with the best record in the league, it has to be sharp heading into postseason play.
"[Getting the first-round bye] puts a big target on our back; everyone's going to bring their A game against us," Travis said. "But it definitely feels good to be the No. 1 seed."
Brown vs. GSA
Brown College will play GSA this Sunday, Nov. 17 at 11 a.m. Brown defeated GSA 12-6 in their matchup during the regular season, but GSA's starting quarterback was absent. They will need a repeat performance to advance to the second round of playoffs. The winner of this game will face the winner of the North Division, McMurtry College.
Lovett vs. WRC
Lovett and Will Rice College, both 4-3 going into the playoffs, will battle Sunday, Nov. 17 at 3 p.m. for a bid to the semi-finals. Lovett lost to Will Rice in the regular season by one touchdown. The winner will face Sid Rich in the next round.
Lovett Head Coach Sal Tijerina said his team has gained confidence throughout the season and will be ready for Will Rice this time around.
"Going into the playoffs, other teams need to recognize that we're not the same team that faced Will Rice a few weeks ago," Tijerina said. "We've grown. We're motivated, battle-hardened, and we're aching for the chance to reap vengeance on Will Rice."
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