Tigerville, S.C. – North Greenville football wrapped up a stellar season on the gridiron ranked 17th in NCAA Division II football, following a trip to the NCAA D-II Quarterfinals. It is the second highest ranking in program history for the Crusaders.
The Crusaders finished the season with a 9-5 record including wins over West Alabama, and Wingate in the regular season. North Greenville finished the regular season winning four of its last five games including a three game winning streak to wrap up the 2016 slate.
The consecutive wins over the likes of Wingate, Carson Newman, and Limestone vaulted the Crusaders to the sixth seed in Super Region II and a matchup with the third seeded Florida Tech Panthers. The Crusaders downed the Panthers in the first round and earned a home game in the second round of the playoffs as the Tuskegee Golden Tigers upset Newberry College in their first round matchup.
The Crusaders used a big first half against the visiting Tigers to advance to the quarterfinals where they would fall to the eventual national runner up, North Alabama who lost to Northwest Missouri State in the championship game.
2016 was North Greenville’s second trip to the Division II playoffs as well as the team’s second trip to the national quarterfinals. The Crusaders advanced to the quarterfinals in 2011 and finished the season ranked 12th in the country, the highest finish in school history.