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Defense delivers Eagles' win over Gamecocks

Eastern hosts Towson Univ.Saturday with trip to Frisco at stake again


Paul Delaney

Eastern Washington's Ronnie Hamlin (39) and Evan Day (90) have just stopped Jacksonville State quarterback Eli Jenkins (7) in last Saturday's 35-24 FCS quarterfinal playoff game win at Roos Field. Jenkins later left the game with a knee injury. The Eagles host Towson University this Saturday at 11 a.m. in a semifinal round contest with the winner headed to the national championship game, Jan. 4 in Frisco, Texas.

Last Saturday's Football Championship Subdivision quarterfinal game at Roos Field was the tale of two halves.

And because of Eastern Washington's defense and big plays in the second half, the story had a happy ending with their 35-24 victory over Jacksonville State University that moved the Eagles into their third semifinal game in four years.

But the story got even better because of Friday's fairy tale story in Charleston, Illinois where the host and No. 2 seeded Eastern Ill. Panthers fell to the ground-pounding Towson Tigers 49-39, earning Eastern a home game this Saturday at 11 a.m. in C...

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