Andrew Notarfrancesco rushed for 187 yards and scored two touchdowns and Derek McGee threw for three more as Catholic captured its first Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship and an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III playoffs with a 31-13 victory over Guilford yesterday in Greensboro, N.C.
The Cardinals (8-1, 5-0), No. 13 in Division III, earned their third straight trip to the Division III playoffs (the other two were from at-large bids).
The win was the Cardinals' eighth straight. Guilford (3-6, 2-4) lost its sixth straight.
Notarfrancesco, who rushed for 106 yards in the first half, took a pitch from McGee for a 46-yard touchdown on the second play of the second half. He set ODAC records for most rushing touchdowns (17) and points scored (126) in a season, and is the first Catholic player to rush for over 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons. He has 1,038 yards this season.
DUQUESNE 33, GEORGETOWN 21: Donte Small rushed for 166 yards and two touchdowns as the visiting Dukes (6-3, 5-1) moved within a game of their third Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title in five years.
Georgetown (7-2, 4-1) got three touchdown passes by J.J. Mont but dropped its first MAAC game and had a two-game winning streak snapped.
MONTGOMERY-ROCKVILLE 57, MORRISVILLE JC 7: In Rockville, the No. 20 Knights (9-1) scored 19 points in each of the first three quarters. Pat Cilento (Sherwood) ran for one touchdown and completed 15 of 20 passes for 299 yards and four touchdowns. Wide receiver David Graham (Anacostia) caught two passes for 141 yards and two scores, and running back Eddie Gaskins had three touchdown runs.
VIRGINIA ST. 56, BOWIE ST. 32: In Bowie State's season finale in Petersburg, Va., quarterback Jim Whitehead rushed for a one-yard score early in the first quarter for a 7-0 lead. Then Virginia State (5-4, 4-2 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) scored seven touchdowns to open a 49-7 lead on the Bulldogs (5-4, 4-3).