NAPIERVILLE, Ill. — RPI football’s bid to reach the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl ended with a thud in the NCAA Division III tournament quarterfinals.
Top-ranked North Central showed why it’s the top seed in the tournament, rolling to a 55-6 victory over the Engineers on Saturday.
The Engineers (11-2) had no answer in trying to stop the Cardinals’ offense. North Central (12-0) complied 516 yards of total offense. Running back Ethan Greenfield gained 143 yards on 20 carries and scored two touchdowns. Quarterback Like Lehnen was 13-of-17 for 197 yards and three touchdown passes.
North Central had a 28-6 halftime lead. It scored 20 more points in the third quarter to seal the victory.
RPI’s only score came on a 3-yard touchdown pass from quarterback George Marinopoulos to Peter Lombardi in the second quarter.
RPI 0 6 0 0 — 6
North Central 14 14 20 7 — 55
NCC — Greenfield 2 run (Meyer kick)
NCC — Hill 15 yd run (Meyer kick)
NCC — Greenfield 4 run (Meyer kick)
RPI — Lombardi, 3 pass from Marinopoulos (kick blocked)
NCC — Hardy 17 pass from Lehnen (Meyer kick)
NCC — Kamienski 33 pass from Lehnen (Meyer kick).
NCC — Williams 34 pass from Lehnen (Meyer kick)
NCC — Hill 10 run (kick failed)
NCC — Roberson 34 interception return (Meyer kick)