Grayvold headed to D-III championship

BELTON, Texas- UW-Whitewater and Norway’s Brady Grayvold are going to the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl.

For the second week in a row, Whitewater rallied from a double-digit deficit, this time with a 16-15 win over the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in a NCAA Division III football semifinal to advance to the championship game.

Last week in a playoff quarterfinal, Whitewater fell behind 17-0, then scored the final 28 points of the game to defeat Linfield College.

Whitewater, 14-0, will meet the University of Mount Union, 14-0, in Salem, Virginia, on Friday. Kick-off is 6 p.m. (Central time).

Mary-Hardin-Baylor held a 15-0 lead before Whitewater responded. The loss ended a 16-game home field win streak for UMHB.

Grayvold, a junior cornerback, picked off his eighth pass of the season to tie a school record.

“Brady is a pretty heady ball player and he smelled it out,” Whitewater defensive coordinator Brian Borland said after week’s quarterfinal against Linfield. “Brady has been doing that stuff all year long.”

Grayvold, with five interceptions in three playoff games, tallied four tackles and a pass break-up against MHB.

The University of Mount Union edged North Central College 41-40, scoring a touchdown with 1:07 left to earn another trip to Salem. This will mark the eighth time in nine years that the two teams will meet for the Division III championship. Whitewater has won four of the previous seven, earning titles in 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

(Daily Jefferson County Union and contributed to this story).