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Wayne Cavadi | | November 26, 2017

DII Football Championship: The most impressive stats from the second round

  Lenny Williams, Jr. has Indiana (Pa.) 12-0 heading to the quarterfinals.

The second round of the DII Football Championships is in the books. The sixteen team field was cut in half as next weekend's quarterfinals loom.

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Upsets went down and history was made. Let's go beyond the box score and break down Round 2 by the numbers.

2 -- No. 1 seeds that advanced to the quarterfinals. Indiana (Pa.) defeated West Chester 44-10 in a rematch of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championship. West Alabama ousted Delta State 27-20. Central Washington and Fort Hays State both saw undefeated seasons come to an end on Saturday.

128 -- Total points the eight winning teams won by, an average margin of victory of 16 points.

12 -- Career kick returns for Assumption's WR/KR Deonte Harris. Harris scored four touchdowns in the second half, including his 11th and 12th career returns, making him DII's all-time leader.

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502 -- Total net rushing yards piled up by Minnesota State in its second round victory. Three different backs rushed into the end zone for a total of five touchdowns.

21 -- Unanswered points scored by Texas A&M-Commerce in the second half in its stunning come from behind upset of Central Washington. Luis Perez and company forced two overtimes, and eventually won 34-31.

2 -- Gulf South Conference teams left standing, the most of any conference. Next weekend's West Florida vs. West Alabama matchup guarantees the GSC is represented in the semifinals. 

7 -- The lowest seed still alive. Harding remains one of the hottest teams in DII, reeling off 10 straight wins after an 0-3 start for a spot in the national quarterfinals.

2-0 -- West Florida's record in the DII Football Championship. In just its second season as a football program, the Argonauts earned a spot in the quarterfinals with a 17-14 victory over West Georgia, tied with Texas A&M-Commerce for narrowest margin of victory of the weekend. 

2 --  Undefeated teams remaining in the hunt for a perfect season. IUP improved to 12-0 and Minnesota State moved to 13-0. Thats all that's left.

There were plenty of student-athletes who contributed to their teams success in the second round. Here's a look at the top players at each position.


Quarterback School  Stats
Luis Perez Texas A&M-Commerce 394 yards, 3 TD
Reilly Hennessey Central Washington 265 passing, 49 rushing, 3 total TD
Lenny Williams, Jr. Indiana (Pa.) 234 passing, 41 rushing, 4 total TD
Layton Rabb Midwestern State 260 yards, 3 TD


Running Back School Stats
Nate Gunn Minnesota State 193 yards, 1 TD
Cole Chancey Harding 165 yards, 4 TD
Kenneth Iheme Fort Hays State 162 yards, 2 TD
Austin Pernell Central Washington 158 yards, 1 TD
Justin Taormina Minnesota State 134 yards
Justice Evans IUP 133 yards, 1 TD
Chris Robinson Delta State 105 yards, 1 TD


Wide Receiver School  Stats
Deonte Harris Assumption 168 yards, 2 TD (2 return TD)
D.J. Meyers Midwestern State 145 yards, 2 TD
Buck Wilson Texas A&M-Commerce 141 yards, 2 TD
Marquis Wimberly Texas A&M-Commerce 120 yards
Logan Bolin Ashland 110 yards, 1 TD
Airion Kosak FIndlay 120 yards, 1 TD
Brandon Walker Ferris State 119 yards
Donta Armstrong West Alabama 71 yards, 2 TD

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