COD wins Red Grange Bowl
College of DuPage beat Central Lakes 25-22 in overtime to win the inaugural Red Grange Bowl on Saturday at Bjarne Ullsvik Stadium in Glen Ellyn.
Hosting the first football bowl game at College of DuPage in two decades, the Chaparrals won on Casey Bednarski's 21-yard field goal. Central Lakes had the ball first in overtime but fumbled near the goal line. Both teams combined to lose 4 fumbles plus an interception by COD's Jalen Powe.
With the victory College of DuPage (6-5) captured the first bowl National Junior College Athletic Association game pitting non-scholarship programs. Central Lakes, out of Minnesota, finished its season 11-1.
The visiting Raiders tied the score 22-22 with 30.2 seconds left in the fourth quarter but were penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct due to excessive celebration. With the ball moved back to the 18-yard line for a conversion attempt, the Raiders' kick missed to the left.
Marcus Jester ran for 144 yards and a 20-yard touchdown run for COD. Scales threw for 103 yards and ran for 2 touchdowns, including a 19-yard scramble.
Darian Pollian caught 3 passes for 97 yards. Shane Ratkovich made 11 tackles, 2 for loss for coach Matt Foster's Chaparrals. Central Lakes quarterback Mike Tveitbakk completed 25 of 41 passes for 298 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Mary Hardin-Baylor 38, Wheaton 16:
Wheaton College's season came to an end in the NCAA Division III quarterfinals.
After Wheaton opened the scoring with a Stefan Knoerr field goal, Mary Hardin-Baylor scored 17 unanswered points to take control of the game in Texas. The Thunder cut its deficit to 24-16 late in the third quarter on a Johnny Peltz (Wheaton North) touchdown pass to Trey Hanley, but Mary Hardin-Baylor scored the next two touchdowns to pull away.
Peltz finished 28-of-48 passing for 284 yards and 2 touchdowns with 3 interceptions. The Thunder (11-2) was limited to 22 yards net rushing.