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Pittsburg State Football, for the Second Consecutive Season Earns Way to 2nd Round of NCAA Playoffs

Derek Livingston
Pittsburg State University

The 2023 Division II, NCAA Football Championship game will be televised on ESPNU Saturday, December 16 at noon CST.

For the second year in a row, Pittsburg State football will travel to Michigan for a second-round Division 2, NCAA game in November.

D2 football will have a new national champion this season after Grand Valley State defeated the two-time national champs Ferris State this past Saturday, 21 to 14.

Pittsburg State football will now travel to Allendale, Michigan to take on the Lakers this Saturday. The Gorillas earned their way to the second round after defeating the University of Indianapolis for the second straight year in the first round of the NCAA playoffs.

In 2022 by a score of 35-0 and on Saturday 35 to 14. Appearing on 100.7 FM ESPN Radio Monday night, Pittsburg State head football coach Brian Wright summed up the victory.

“I think the thing that I’m most proud of, is continuing to fight from start to finish, and making some adjustments during the game that we needed to, and watching our guys handle those adjustments.”

16 teams are remaining in the tournament including MIAA rival Central Missouri who crushed Henderson State on Saturday, 56 to 14. The Mules are also on the road this upcoming weekend, taking on Harding University in Arkansas.

If the Mules and Gorillas both win this weekend, Pittsburg State will host Central Missouri in the Quarterfinals on December 2. Kickoff this Saturday for the Grand Valley State and Pitt State in Allendale, Michigan at noon Central.

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Since 2017 Fred Fletcher-Fierro has driven up Highway 171 through thunderstorms, downpours, snow, and ice storms to host KRPS’s Morning Edition. He’s also a daily reporter for the station, covering city government, elections, public safety, arts, entertainment, culture, sports and more. Fred has also spearheaded and overseen a sea change in programming for KRPS from a legacy classical station to one that airs a balance of classical, news, jazz, and cultural programming that better reflects the diverse audience of the Four States. For over two months in the fall of 2022 he worked remotely with NPR staff to relaunch to an NPR style news and information website.

In the fall of 2023 Fred was promoted to Interim General Manager and was appointed GM in Feburary of 2024.