Welcome to playoff football.
It is win or go home this time of the season and all of the 24 teams are vying for a chance to play for a national championship. Only one team can be crowned champion.
Virginia State Playoff History
1st playoff appearance
0-0 overall record
0-0 against the NE-10
LIU Post Playoff History
4th overall playoff appearance
2-3 overall record
LIU Post has been playing on the edge all season long. So the selection show on Sunday night was just another day at the office for the Pioneers.
Eight of their 11 games this year came down to the final whistle. They were 5-3 in those games and used that experience for last Sunday night.
They were not on the radar screen of most people to make the playoffs. They were not part of the initial three Super Region One rankings and even a decisive win in the NE-10 Championship
It seemed like a blink of an eye. LIU Post scored 34 points over the course of 10 game minutes and walked away with the NE-10 Championship after a 58-25 victory over American International last Saturday.
Trailing by six points with just over five minutes left in the third quarter, the Pioneers put on a clinic as they just dominated AIC in every single facet of the game.
The game was back and forth at this point. AIC just scored after
It is that time of the season when my Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year awards are handed out as well as Coach of the Year and Game of the Year.
Here are my selections for the 2014 season.
Offensive Player of the Year
Steve Laurino, QB, LIU Post
Laurino had a season for the ages as he led LIU Post to an 8-3 overall record, a NE-10 Championship trophy and a berth in the Division II playoffs. He was also named MVP of the
Here are the game stories from around the NE-10 Championship weekend:
Assumption beats New Haven:
Stonehill survives St. Anselm:
Pace beats Southern Connecticut: