Digest: Frostburg State routed by D-III power Mount Union, 70-37, in NCAA quarterfinals

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Frostburg State junior quarterback Connor Cox threw touchdown passes to four receivers, but the Bobcats’ historic season ended with a 70-37 loss at Mount Union in the NCAA Division III quarterfinals Saturday in Alliance, Ohio.

Frostburg ended its season with a school record 11 wins (11-2) after advancing to the NCAA quarterfinals for the first time since the tournament included 32 teams.

The Bobcats defeated Wittenberg and Washington & Jefferson in the first two rounds to win two games in the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history.

Mount Union will face Wisconsin -Oshkosh in the semifinals Saturday. The Purple Raiders are making their 23rd straight NCAA semifinals appearance and are trying for their 13th national championship.

Cox (South River) threw touchdown passes to senior Joe Beckford, juniors Sergio Andino and Christian DiPaola and sophomore Malik Morris (Dunbar). He finished 15 of 36 with 236 passing yards.

Cox’s four touchdown passes gave him the Frostburg single-season (29) and career (58) touchdown records.

Frostburg’s first touchdown came in a flurry late in the second quarter. Cox found DiPaola for a two-yard score that narrowed the Bobcat deficit to 28-10.

With 1:03 to play in the second quarter, Cox found Morris for a 20-yard score. Cox capped the first half with an 18-yard touchdown pass to Andino that narrowed the halftime deficit to 49-25.

Frostburg and Mount Union combined to score six touchdowns in the final 3:55 of the second quarter.

The Purple Raiders (13-0) added two touchdowns in the third quarter.

Andino finished with five receptions for 105 yards, while Beckford caught eight passes for 96 yards.

Mount Union quarterback Luke Poorman threw six touchdown passes on just 12 completions for 355 yards. Justin Hill caught six of those passes for 196 yards and three touchdowns.

Et cetera

Redskins might shut down Reed, Williams

All but eliminated from playoff contention at 5-7 with four games left, the Washington Redskins will need to consider whether they should place certain players battling significant injuries on injured reserve. During Friday's conference call,coach Jay Gruden said each player will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. "I think if they're good enough to go, they need to go," Gruden said. "But we'll see how they're doing from a longevity standpoint. We obviously don't want to hurt anybody's future and a chance for them to injury themselves long-term. But if it's just a nagging ankle sprain or something like that where the guys can play through it, then they'll play through it." Gruden was later specifically asked about left tackle Trent Williams, who has played through a right knee injury since Week 4. "Let's find out what the timeline is for the surgery — if he has to have surgery number one, what type of surgery it's going to be and how long it's going to put him out," Gruden said. "We'll go by what the doctors say, how Trent feels and make our decision with Trent." Gruden said the same process applies for tight end Jordan Reed, who has missed the past five games because of a hamstring injury. Reed has played in just six games in a season in which he opened training camp on the physically unable to perform list.

— Master Tesfatsion, The Washington Post

Horse racing: Graded stakes winners Lucy N Ethel and Mrs McDougal top 25 horses nominated to the $100,000 Willa On the Move, one of four stakes worth $375,000 in purses set for Saturday at Laurel Park. The Willa On the Move, for fillies and mares 3 and older, is contested at 6 furlongs. It is joined on the program by the $100,000 Maryland Juvenile Futurity, $100,000 Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship and $75,000 Howard M. Bender Memorial, all at 6 furlongs for Maryland-bred/sired horses.

College wrestling: Junior heavyweight Youssif Hemida picked up a pin and Maryland (3-2, 0-2 Big Ten) earned two additional victories in a 34-12 loss to Northwestern (3-0, 1-0). Hemida's win improved his overall record to 8-0 on the season, and it was his fourth win over a ranked opponent. Maryland also received wins from freshman Kyle Cochran (157 pounds) and redshirt sophomore Brendan Burnham (165 pounds). ... Navy senior Jadaen Bernstein scored a 7-5 victory over 15th-ranked Keaton Subjeck of Stanford to place fifth in the 174-pound weight class at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational in Las Vegas. ... Junior Ricky Cavallo placed second at 133 pounds to lead the Johns Hopkins to a 10th-place finish at the New Standard Corp Invitational at York College.

Varsity football: Damascus earned a 31-7 victory over Gwynn Park in the Class 2A state championship game Saturday night at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for its third straight state title and first since moving back down from 3A to 2A. ... Wise rallied for 25 points in the fourth quarter for a 38-20 victory over Quince Orchard to win the Class 4A state championship Friday night at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. It was the third straight 4A title for the Pumas, who routed Quince Orchard for the 2016 title.

— Joshua Needelman and Jacob Bogage, The Washington Post

National Women's Soccer League: Former U.S. Men's National Team and Major League Soccer player Santino Quaranta was appointed technical director of Washington Spirit Academy — Baltimore Armour. Quaranta will take over for Denise Reddy, who was named head coach of the NWSL's Sky Blue FC.

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