Lenoir-Rhyne Breaks 50 Year Playoff Drought

For the first time since 1962, the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears will be playing a playoff game since December 8, 1962, a 28-13 loss to Central Oklahoma State in the NAIA National Championship Game.  The 2012 Bears won their 5th league title and their first since 1994 this year and look to make a run in the playoffs.  The Bears have special place in my heart considering both my parents were Lenoir-Rhyne Bears and my father was a shutdown corner for the Bears in the mid-late 70’s.  (Fact.  Look it up.)  The Bears boast the #1 ranked rushing offense in the NCAA Division II with 384.7 yds per game and are averaging 36.7 ppg and giving up 16.7 ppg this season.  The Bears will be hosting Fort Valley State (GA) in the 1st round and if they can get by them they will be traveling to Carson-Newman in the 2nd round.  The Bears will be favored against FV State and if they get past them they get a rematch with a Carson-Newman team that beat them 47-23 back in September.  Good luck, Bears.


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