The reigning champions will be back to defend their title, but this time against a new opponent. UCF Check on It will look to defend its title this year against North Carolina A&T, which downed Angelo State in the semifinals after it eliminated 2015 finalist FAMU in the quarters. The women’s national championship game is set for 10:30 am CT Sunday and will be webcast live at portal.stretchinternet.com/nirsa.
Southern battled UCF to a 7-7 tie at the half, before the UCF stepped up with a second half shutout. Kristen Castilla had pair of touchdown receptions in the game and Bianca Lagos ran in an insurance TD with less than a minute left for UCF in the win.
North Carolina A&T had little trouble defeating Angelo State in its semifinal, 38-7. Tiffany Ellick scored twice, Kaila Dob added a pick 6 and a TD reception, Alexis Williams had a TD reception and QB La’Quana Hordge ran in another in the A&T win.
In men’s quarterfinal action, A&T also picked up a victory, but in a much closer affair. A&T denied a potential game-winning 2-point PAT attempt in the second overtime to prevail over Pensacola State 34-33. Bryll Moss had 3 TD passes for A&T in its win. NC A&T will face Valdosta State in the semifinals Sunday morning at 10:30 am. Valdosta held off UTSA 19-14.
USF The Company avenged a pool play loss by downing Angelo State 33-7. USF will face Georgia College in its semifinal on Sunday morning. Georgia College downed Wisconsin 22-18.
4:15 pm Playoff Scores
W: UCF 20, Southern 7
W: North Carolina A&T 38, Angelo St 6
— NEXT: UCF vs NC A&T in the Championship, Sunday at 10:30 am
M: North Carolina A&T 34, Pensacola St 33 (2OT)
M: Valdosta St 19, UTSA 14
— NEXT: NC A&T vs Valdosta St, Sunday at 10:30 am
M: USF 33, Angelo St 7
M: Georgia College 22, Wisconsin 18
— NEXT: Ga College vs USF, Sunday at 10:30 am