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Regular Season Finale / Playoffs

07/22/2019, 1:15pm CDT
By NEFL

Championship Up for Grabs

The last week of the regular season had each team fighting for Playoff seeding, and there were upsets in both games.

St Paul could have secured #1 & home-field with a win.
Sioux City could have gotten #1 with a win & loss by the Pioneers.
Fargo & Northland were vying for the #3 spot, as Fargo led by 2 Point Differential heading into the week.

When the dust settled both the Pioneers & Stampede lost, giving the #1 seed to the Pioneers.  Fargo won by 5 & Northland won by 7, bringing BOTH teams Point Differential to (-21) on the season - resulting in a coin flip.  The Bulls would win the coin flip Saturday night to get the #3 seed, which setup a rematch in 2 weeks.

On August 3rd, Northland will travel back to Sioux City to try & repeat what they just accomplished, and this time Fargo will travel to St Paul to try to make it to the Elite Bowl.

FARGO - The Fargo Invaders coughed up a 13-point fourth quarter lead, but bounced back, scoring a touchdown in the final two minutes to take down St. Paul, 26-21.

Trailing by 13 at the end of the 3rd, the Pioneers ran in a pair of touchdowns to take a 21-20 lead with 2:18 left. The Invaders responded, when quarterback Ja'vonte Johnson found wide receiver Constant Jackson for a 48 yard gain on the first play of the ensuing drive, and on the 5th play of the drive found Jon Baune for a nine-yard touchdown with 1:46 remaining.  Josh Gatlin would secure the win on the next Pioneer drive with his 3rd interception.

Quarterback Dennis Gudim struggled for St. Paul, tossing for 156 yards while throwing seven interceptions, while the Pioneer Defense forced 6 turnovers themselves.

The Invaders are 6-4 overall, 2-4 in league play.  St Paul is 6-3 overall, 4-2 in the NEFL.

SIOUX CITY - Northland came into Sioux City and jumped out early, outscoring the Stampede by a TD in each of the first 2 quarters for a 26-13 halftime lead.

The 2nd half would be back-and-forth as the Stampede cut it to 27-33 by the end of the 3rd.  The Bulls would extend their lead to 48-34 late in the game, but it still didn't put away Sioux City as they pulled within a TD again with 20 seconds left.  Northland recovered the onside kick for the win.

The Bulls are 3-5 overall, 2-4 in league play.  Sioux City is 6-3 overall, 4-2 in the NEFL.


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