Hello Justin Berendzen (@jrberendzen on Twitter) with my division 3 football semifinal playoffs matchup preview.
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Battle between 2 undefeated teams and someone will be going home with a loss. The Warhawks offense has senior running back Alex Peete who holds 1,403 rushing yards and 25 touchdowns and senior wide receiver Ryan Wisniewski who has 1,036 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns. The Crusaders defense includes senior defensive back Jefferson Fritz who has 59 tackles, and 8 PBUs and senior defensive back Keith Gipson who has 48 tackles, 7 PBUs and 5 interceptions and senior defensive lineman E’monte Smith who has 37 tackles, 15 TFLs and 8.5 sacks. Offensively for Mary Hardin-Baylor they have junior running back Aphonso Thomas who has 984 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns and senior receiver Brandon Jordan who has 807 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. Defensively for Whitewater they have senior defensive back Mark McGrath who has 49 tackles and 6 PBUs and freshman defensive back Kyle Koelblinger who has 54 tackles, 5 PBUs and 3 interceptions and sophomore defensive back Egon Hein who holds 53 tackles and 11 PBUs in 2021.
North Central College at University of Mount Union
Another battle of undefeated teams and this one should also be good. Mount Union’s offense possesses senior running back Josh Petruccelli who has 874 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns and senior wide receiver Wayne Ruby who holds 1,414 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns and junior running back DeAndre Parker who has 838 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns. Defensively for the Cardinals they have junior defensive back Sam Taviani who has 55 tackles, 7 PBUs and 6.5 TFLs and senior defensive back Jake Beesley who has 30 tackles and 16 PBUs and junior defensive back Braden Lindmark who has 38 tackles, and 5 PBUs. Offensively the North Central offense contains junior running back Ethan Greenfield who has 1,482 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns and senior wide receiver Andrew Kamienski who has 1,144 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. The Purple Raiders defensively have senior defensive back Malik Britt who holds 50 tackles, 6 interceptions and 5 PBUs and senior defensive back Derrick Bradley who has 33 tackles and 13 PBUs.