Quincy Forte touched the ball just five times for 16 all-purpose yards, but they were enough to help Eastern Washington slip past Wagner 29-19 in the quarterfinals of the Football Championship Series playoffs on Saturday.
The Vacaville High grad scored on a 3-yard run on the last play of the third quarter to put the Eagles ahead to stay 22-19. That capped a seven-play, 75-yard drive.
Once EWU got the ball back after a punt, it went on a clock-killing 75-yard, 15-play march during which the Eagles consumed 7 minutes, 27 seconds.
Forte's contribution was his only reception of the day for a 3-yard gain. On the season he leads the Eagles (10-2) with 461 yards on 115 carries and has also caught 17 passes for 138 yards.
Eastern Washington hosts Illinois State in the FCS semifinals on Saturday.
The FCS playoffs weren't as kind to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, which lost to Sam Houston State 18-16. Alex Hubbard (Fairfield) missed the game but finished the season fifth on the team with 63 tackles, 35 of them solo. He also defensed nine passes, including two interceptions and recorded a sack and a forced fumble.
West Texas A&M, seeded sixth in its quarter of the NCAA Division II bracket of the Super Region Four, pulled off its third straight upset by crushing previously unbeaten Colorado State-Pueblo, a team the Buffaloes (12-1)had lost to earlier, 34-13. A&M is ranked No. 16 in Division II and plays at No. 2 Winston Salem State (13-0). Deone Bondurant (Fairfield, Solano) had arguably his best game of the season, recording four tackles, two of which were for losses, including a sack, and getting a quarterback hurry. West Texas A&M plays Winston Salem State in the semifinals on Saturday.
Nevada (7-5, 4-4 Mountain West)concluded its regular season with a tough 27-21 loss to Boise State. Brock Hekking (Vacaville) had two tackles, one of which was a sack. The Wolf Pack next plays in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl against Arizona and Hekking's former Monticello Empire League rival Tra'Mayne Bondurant (Fairfield) on Dec. 15.
Also on Dec. 15, Utah State (10-2) and Terrance Alston (Vanden, Solano) plays Toledo in the Famous Idaho Potatoes Bowl.
Texas Christian (7-5, 4-5 Big 12) likewise dropped its regular season finale with a 24-17 loss to Oklahoma. Jason Verrett (Rodriguez) had five tackles and broke up a pass for the Horned Frogs, who play Michigan State in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl on Dec. 29.
Marcel Jensen (Rodriguez), Anthony Riggins (Rodriguez) and the rest of the Fresno State Bulldogs are off until Dec. 24 when they play SMU in the Hawaii Bowl.
Alex Mendoza (Rodriguez) helped Claremont-Mudd-Scripps sweep Caltech 253-45 and Whittier 245-53 in a tri-meet by taking second in two events, the 200-yard freestyle )1 minute, 46.78 seconds) and 200 backstroke (2:00.81. He also swam the first leg for the fourth-place 200 medley relay (1:34.91) as the Stags swept all 32 events.
Ben Gabbard (Vacaville) took fifth in the 200 butterfly (2:10.49) as the Merchant Marine Academy took third among five teams in the TCNJ Invitational.
Britney Vogel (Armijo) placed in four events for Fresno State in a dual meet, 133-128 loss to San Diego State. Vogel was fourth in the 100 breaststroke (1:12.06), sixth in the 100 individual medley (1:07.51), eighth in the 50 breast (32.45) and swam the second leg for the third-place 200 medley relay team (1:49.49).
Erimma Amarikwa (Vanden) and Khristina Hunter (Rodriguez) each scored eight points to help San Diego State (4-2) down USC 80-46. Amarikwa added nine rebounds, Hunter two.
Holy Names (2-2) got its first two wins of the season by pummeling Pacific Union 90-39 and dumping Dominican 77-74. Renique Fitzpatrick (Armijo) had 17 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks in the former, nine points, nine rebounds and three blocks in the latter. Amnesty Bradley (Fairfield) had a combined two points, seven rebounds and four assists in the two games.
Cal State Dominguez Hills (1-5, 0-3 California Collegiate Athletic Association) lost to Cal State San Bernardino 44-43 and to UC San Diego 77-66 with Denisha Lundy (Vanden) getting three rebounds and three steals in the two contests.
Chico State (4-0, 3-0) is off to a better start in CCAA play, defeating Cal Poly Pomona 68-57 and Humboldt State 64-49. Jazmine Miller (Vanden) poured in a game-high 20 points with five rebounds and three steals in the former, 12 points, four steals, three rebounds and three assists in the latter.
Tahvia Morrison (Vanden) scored three points to help UC Riverside 71-43.
Presley Neufeld (Solano) netted 14 points and added five assists, four rebounds and two steals as Eastern Nazarene (4-2, 1-1 Commonwealth Coast Conference) rolled past Roger Williams 68-57. She then had nine points on a tough 3-for 15 shooting night, four assists, three rebounds and three steals in a 52-46 loss to Wentworth.
Waldorf (7-4) had a dazzling week with wins over Crown (102-54), Graceland (67-39) and Central (65-64) as Goli Tavassoli (Vanden, Solano) had a combined 29 points, 15 rebounds, 15 assists and five steals.
Lourdes, coached by former Fairfield standout Zareth Gray, fell to Madona (72-45) and Davenport (79-61). The Gray Wolves are 3-6, 1-3 in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference.
Former Vacaville and Vacaville Christian coach Chris Minner has Our Lady of the Lakes (7-0, 2-0 Red River Athletic Conference) off to an unbeaten start after wins over St. Thomas-Houston (110-78) and University of the Southwest (94-53).
Alaska split its first two Great Northwest Athletic Conference games, falling to Seattle Pacific 72-60 and topping Montana State-Billings 80-73. Ronnie Baker (Rodriguez) had five points and two assists in the loss, 12 points in the win for the Nanooks (5-4).
Marcus Carter (Solano) poured in a team-high 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds as Pacific Union (0-6) lost to Northern New Mexico 84-79.
Playing the big and the small, Sacramento State (5-2) downed Dominican 77-68 and fell to Arizona State 90-70. John Dickson (Fairfield) netted a career-high 29 points and had six rebounds and three blocks against the Penguins, 12 points and seven rebounds against the Sun Devils.
Robbie Herndon (Fairfield resident) scored 10 points for San Francisco State (3-3, 1-1 CCAA) in an 80-76 loss to Cal State East Bay and in a 60-55 win over Cal State Monterey Bay. He had a combined nine rebounds in the two games.
James Lake (Fairfield) drained a team-high 17 points and added six rebounds and two assists to help Adams State (4-0, 2-0 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) edge Colorado State-Pueblo 77-73 in overtime. He then scored a game-high 20 points with three steals and two assists in a 67-65 win over Colorado-Colorado Springs.
Mike McChristian (Wood) had a combined five points, five rebounds and two assists as Idaho (2-4) lost to Washington State 64-55 and beat UC Davis 73-66.
Roman Robinson (Rodriguez) hd 12 points, three rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocks as Webster (4-2, 2-0 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) blasted Blackburn 87-54. He then had 17 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and two blocks as the Gorloks gashed Greenville 91-61.
Adam Pain (Rodriguez) started the season 4-4 for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo by competing in the San Francisco State and Roadrunner opens, opening his season with a pin of Cal State Bakersfield's Juan Gamino in 2:40.
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