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The #5 Concordia Cardinals defeated the #12 Georgetown Tigers 21-7 last Saturday in the first round of the NAIA playoffs.  Though the game was supposed to be a home game for the Cardinals due to their higher ranking, the NAIA ruled that because Michigan requires plastic shields inside the facemasks to protect against Covid this would give the Cardinals an undue advantage since the KY team did not play with that same restriction during the season.  The solution that the NAIA came up with was to move the game to Georgetown, effectively giving the Tigers homefield advantage.  Huh?  No neutral site was available?  I did not confirm this with the NAIA but that is the story we were told.  

The change of venue did not matter.  The game was dictated by the Cardinal defense.  The first half was all Cardinals as they scored on the first play from scrimmage with a pass up the seam for about 60 yards.  The Tigers could not mount anything approaching a scoring drive in a half that looked like the two teams were mismatched.  

However, in the second half, the Cardinal offense was repeatedly stymied.  The defense continued to dominate until allowing the Tigers to score with 55 seconds remaining in the game.  

Former Campbell County Camel, Casey Rauch, had a solid game at ILB.  He always seems to be in the right place.  He has had a very good season at both linebacker and punter.  The freshman was named NAIA Special Teams player of the game once and MSFA Special Teams player of the game twice this season.  Versus Marian, Rauch punted 8 times with an average of 45 yards per punt, 4 punts inside the 20 and pinning Marian deep in their own territory, while tallying his longest career punt of 65 yards to help the Cardinal victory.  Not bad for a day's work, hence the honor.  

John Mark Shutt from Boone County has been out due to injury all season.  

The Cardinals will travel to Lindsey Wilson for the second round of the playoffs this Saturday.  

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Big time matchup this weekend as Concordia tries to make it to semi’s for first time and LWC looks for back to back appearances in semis fret reaching them for the first time last year.  

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1 hour ago, oldgrappler said:

Congrats to Lindsey Wilson.  

Just wish it would have happened last year as well.

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