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Husky Football playoff in Duluth

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Photo of Milwaukee, Wis., senior running back Dante Steward

Senior running back Dante Steward, Milwaukee, Wis., will be called upon to lead the Husky ground game Saturday.

Photo of Milwaukee, Wis., senior running back Dante Steward Photo of junior defensive back Tony Kubes, New Prague  Photo of Phil Klaphake, first-year quarterback from Princeton 

Husky Football plays a second-round NCAA Division II football playoff game against No. 1 ranked University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) noon Nov. 27 at Malosky Stadium in Duluth.

Purchase tickets through Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or at the stadium on game day.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students.

The Huskies (10-2) punched their ticket to the Twin Harbors with a 42-28 win over Hillsdale College Nov. 20 at Husky Stadium.

As the top seed in Super Region 3, UMD (11-0) received a first-round bye. Grand Valley State plays second seed Augustana College Nov. 27 in Sioux Falls, S.D. The winners of Saturday's Super Region 3 games meet Dec. 4.

The winners of the four Super Regions face off with the highest-seeded teams hosting. The semifinals are nationally-televised. The NCAA II championship is noon CST Dec. 18 at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Ala.

View the 16 remaining playoff teams in the national bracket. View a ranking of the top 25 teams nationally.

The Huskies were led Saturday by senior running back Dante Steward, Milwaukee, Wis., who rushed for 153 yards and four touchdowns.

Senior wide receiver Fred Williams, Milwaukee, Wis., added 236 yards receiving and one touchdown.

Quarterback Phil Klaphake threw for 252 yards and rushed for 83 yards. The redshirt freshman from Princeton threw for one touchdown and rushed for another.

Sophomore defensive back Marvin Matthews, Roseville, had 10 tackles. Tony Kubes, a junior defensive back from New Prague, recorded seven tackles and an interception.

On the season, Williams has charted record numbers with 1,522 yards receiving, 89 receptions and 17 touchdown catches. Klaphake leads the Huskies with 786 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns. He has completed 194 of 296 passes for 2,742 yards and 24 touchdowns.

The Huskies will try Saturday to avenge a 40-17 Oct. 30 loss to UMD.

More than half of UMD's starting lineup was named to the All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference first team. The Bulldogs claimed the major conference awards: Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of Year and Coach of the Year.

The only other time St. Cloud State has advanced to the second-round in NCAA Division II football playoffs was 1989. 

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