in Stagg Bowl XLVII in Shenandoah, Texas to cap a historic season, as the Cardinals won the NCAA Division III Football National Championship in their first-ever appearance in the championship game. The win marks the 40th overall team national title for the College’s athletic programs.

The Cardinals started strong, as Terrence Hill '22 returned the opening kickoff 49 yards and the offense quickly marched 45 yards for the opening touchdown, a five-yard run by running back Ethan Greenfield '22. North Central never looked back, building a 27-0 lead by halftime and scoring the first 34 points of the game unanswered. Greenfield ran for three total touchdowns, quarterback Broc Rutter ’20 threw for two scores and ran for another, and cornerback Julian Bell '22 had two interceptions for the defense.

With a fourth quarter touchdown pass to wide receiver Andrew Kamienski '21, Rutter set a new Division III record for career passing yards with 14,258. It was Kamienski's 31st touchdown of the season, and he also went over 2,000 receiving yards for the year.

The team championship was part of a landmark night for the College, as Rutter won the 2019 Gagliardi Trophy国产偷拍视频 for most outstanding player in Division III college football, which was announced shortly before kickoff. This marks the eighth time a school has won the Division III national championship and had a Gagliardi Trophy winner in the same season. The trophy recognizes excellence in academics and service as well as athletics.

“This is a huge honor,” said Rutter. “I just have to give credit to my teammates and coaches. They’ve done such a great job of putting me in positions to succeed.”

国产偷拍视频Rutter is the first North Central player ever to win the Gagliardi Trophy. He is only the fourth player from the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) to earn the award, along with Elmhurst College running back Scottie Williams in 2012, Augustana College offensive lineman Blaine Westermeyer in 2009, and Illinois Wesleyan University quarterback Lon Erickson in 1996.

“He’s really a special soul,” North Central head football coach Jeff Thorne said of Rutter. “Nobody deserves it more than him. He’s been such a great leader, a great teammate and just a great human being.“