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Cats & Dogs For The AA Championship

Wardogs over Wildcats; Sabercats win in overtime.

The finalists for the North Atlantic Conference are set. The #1 seeded and undefeated Rhode Island Wardogs came out on top in their semifinal game with the Worcester Wildcats, 24-7. In their only meeting in the regular season, the Wardogs won by only eight points, the lowest margin of victory for the Dogs this year. And with the score tied at halftime, 7-7, it looked as if this game could end in similar result or even an upset victory for the 6th seeded Wildcats. But Rhode Island scored 17 unanswered points in the 2nd half with 10 by way of their special teams unit (a field goal and a punt return for touchdown).

In the other semifinal game, the #2 seeded Central Mass Sabercats came from behind to tie the game in the 4th Quarter and won on a safety in overtime, 16-14. With 1:31 left to play, and the score 14-7 in favor of the #4 seeded Middlesex County Warlords, the Cats scored touchdown, with the ensuing PAT tying the game. In overtime, with the Sabercats facing a 4th & Goal from the Middlesex 2 yard line, they tried for a game winning field goal, only to have it sail wide. However, the Warlords were flagged for being offsides and on the replay of 4th down, again the Sabercats set up for a field goal but this time the snap went high and the play ended with a desperation pass for the endzone. The Warlords were called for being offsides a second time and the down to be replayed yet again. With the ball 18 inches closer to the goal line, the Sabercats decided not to try the FG attempt for the third time, but instead attempted to rush for the touchdown, only to be stopped once again at the MDX 1 yard line, turning the ball over on downs. The Warlords, with 99 yards between themselves and their opponent’s endzone, attempted a pass on 1st down that fell incomplete. On 2nd down, the quarterback was unable to escape the pass rush and was sacked in his own endzone, resulting in a safety and a win for the Central Mass.

The North Atlantic Conference championship will be played on Sunday, October 25th at North Smithfield (RI) High School. Kickoff scheduled for 5pm.

(Compiled with reports from Zach Whitey and Manoel Nascimento Jr.)

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