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Division 2 Football Playoff Match-Ups | 2nd round playoff preview

senior defensive lineman Sam Roberts who has 48 tackles, 16.5 TFLs, and 6.5 sacks.
Northwest Missouri State University senior defensive lineman Sam Roberts who has 48 tackles, 16.5 TFLs, and 6.5 sacks.

Justin Berendzen (@jrberendzen on Twitter) with my division 2 matchup preview of the second round each matchup will be numbered based on how competitive and most intriguing the game will be just going to say it’s the playoffs so all the matchups could be competitive and anything can happen.

1.Harding University at Northwest Missouri State University 

This will be one of the more intriguing matchups come second round Saturday in Division 2. Senior running back Cole Chancey has 1,324 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns for Harding. Defensively for the Bearcats, they have senior defensive lineman Sam Roberts who has 48 tackles, 16.5 TFLs, and 6.5 sacks. The Northwest Missouri State offense has senior running back Al McKeller who has 1,467 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns. Defensively for the Bison they have junior defensive back Cade Pugh who has 41 tackles and 4 PBUs.

2.Grand Valley State University at Ferris State University 

Rematch game from the regular season and this is going to be interesting. Ferris State offensively has junior wide receiver Xavier Wade who has 579 receiving yards and 9 touchdowns. Defensively for the Lakers, they have redshirt freshman defensive back Ian Kennelly who has 32 tackles, 4 PBUs, and 2 interceptions. Grand Valley State’s offense has sophomore running back Tariq Reid who has 588 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns. Sophomore defensive end Caleb Murphy has 43 tackles, 14 TFLs, and 9 sacks for Ferris State’s defense.

3.Notre Dame College at Shepherd University 

This is another one of the more interesting matchups on second round Saturday. Shepherd is led offensively by junior quarterback Tyson Bagent who has 4,202 passing yards and 48 touchdowns. Defensively for the Falcons they have senior linebacker Guam Lee who has 85 tackles, 23 TFLs and 9 sacks. Tyris Dickerson redshirt sophomore running back has 974 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns for Notre Dame College. The Rams defense has grad defensive back Ponce Deleon who has 69 tackles and 7 PBUs.

4.University of West Georgia at Valdosta State University 

Another rematch of teams that played in the regular season this is where the unknown matchups start as far as what goes on. Valdosta State’s offense has junior running back Seth McGill who has 916 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. Defensively for the Wolves they have sophomore defensive back Camyen Feagins who has 25 tackles and 3 PBUs. Senior wide receiver Mechane Slade has 871 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns for West Georgia. Defensively for the Blazers, they have sophomore defensive lineman Brian Williams who has 32 tackles, 10.5 TFLs and 5.5 sacks.

5.University of New Haven at Kutztown University

The Chargers meet the Bears in a matchup where I could see anything happening. Kutztown’s offense has redshirt junior wide receiver Jerome Kapp who has 758 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns in 2021. As for the defense of the Chargers, they have senior linebacker Ryan Hodgins who has 76 tackles, 6.5 TFLs and 4 PBUs. Offensively for New Haven they have grad wide receiver Dev Holmes who has 838 receiving yards and 9 touchdowns. Kutztown’s defense has senior defensive back Nick Palmer who has 42 tackles, 3 PBUs and 2 interceptions.

6.Bemidji State University at Colorado School of Mines

This matchup could be closer than people think. Colorado Mines offense has redshirt senior running back Michael Zeman who has 1,272 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns. Defensively for the Beavers, they have junior linebacker Zollie Kaplan who has 45 tackles, 17.5 TFLs, 7.5 sacks and 2 PBUs. Bemidji State’s offense has junior wide receiver Brendan Beaulieu who has 1,242 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns. Mason Pierce senior defensive back has 45 tackles and 14 PBUs for Colorado Mines defense.

7.Newberry College at Bowie State University 

The Newberry Wolves come off of a huge upset in the first round but it doesn’t get any easier for them as they face Bowie State now. Bowie State offense has senior running back Calil Wilkins who has 1,207 rushing yards and 9 touchdowns. Defensively for the Wolves, they have grad defensive back Anthony Blue who has 46 tackles, 14 PBUs, and 6 interceptions. Mario Anderson redshirt sophomore running back has 1,158 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns for Newberry’s offense. Defensively for Bowie State, they have redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Jonathan Ross who has 71 tackles, 24.5 TFLs, and 9 sacks.

8.University of Nebraska-Kearney at Angelo State University 

I would not want to face Angelo State University right now doesn’t mean Nebraska-Kearney can’t win but it won’t be easy for them. Nathaniel Omayebu III sophomore running back has 1,071 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns for Angelo State. The Lopers defense has redshirt 5th-year defensive back Terrell Williams who has 40 tackles and 11 PBUs. Offensively for Nebraska-Kearney, they have redshirt junior dual-threat quarterback TJ Davis who has 2,234 passing yards and 21 passing touchdowns and 1,139 rushing yards, and 18 rushing touchdowns. Angelo State’s defense has sophomore linebacker Daron Allman who has 58 tackles, 16.5 TFLs, 6 sacks and 4 PBUs.

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