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Carroll, Georgetown to Meet for NAIA Title

December 8, 2002

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GEORGETOWN, Ky. (AP) _ When Georgetown lost the season opener to McKendree (Ill.), the Tigers’ reign as the best team in NAIA football showed signs of ending.

Twelve victories later _ including a 35-19 win Saturday in a rematch with McKendree _ Georgetown is on the verge of a third straight title.

Neil Warren threw for 240 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Tigers back to the championship game, where they’ll face Carroll (Mont.). Carroll defeated Sioux Falls, S.D., 20-17 in Saturday’s other semifinal.

Warren passed for 190 yards in the first half as the Tigers scored on their first two possessions on their way to a 21-6 halftime lead.

Georgetown receiver Derrick White added five catches for 71 yards and two TDs.

Tyler Pankey completed 7 of 13 passes for 127 yards and a touchdown passing and rushing for the Bearcats (11-2).

Carroll 20, Sioux Falls 17

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) _ Robb Latrielle found Mark Gallik for a 28-yard touchdown with 2:42 left to send Carroll to the title game.

The score came one play after Carroll’s Brett Bermingham intercepted a halfback option pass by Sioux Falls’ Nick Kortan.

It was the second straight weekend that Latrielle and Gallik hooked up for the game-winning score. Gallik caught an 11-yarder with 1:22 in a 35-31 quarterfinal victory over Southern Oregon.

The Saints (11-2) sealed the win when Nate Chiovaro sacked Sioux Falls quarterback Joe Wright with a minute to play.

The Saints rallied from a 10-0 halftime deficit and took advantage of the wind to score 13 points in the third quarter.

The teams traded punts before Carroll took over at the Sioux Falls 44 with 4:48 remaining. Six plays later, on fourth-and-2, a pass by Latrielle was batted down, and Sioux Falls took over on the Carroll 26 with 3:39 to play.

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