BOONE, N.C. - Lacey Township High School graduate Warren Smith threw for three touchdowns and Maine held Appalachian State to 3 rushing yards in a 34-12 win Saturday in the second round of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

The Black Bears (9-3) dominated the ground game. Pushaun Brown rushed for 111 yards on 24 carries, including a 31-yard score, and Absegami High School gradaute David Hood ran 54 yards for a TD. Hood finished with 88 yards on four carries.

"(The win) means a lot to our program, alumni and especially us players. Coming off a 7-4 season from last year, we knew we had a lot to fix, but we knew there was a lot out there for us," Smith said. "The whole togetherness of this football team is so great and it's a reward for all that what we did. We are not satisfied yet, and we won't be satisfied until you know what happens."

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Meeting for the first time since Maine won 14-13 in the 2002 playoffs, the Black Bears led 13-6 at halftime. Smith threw touchdown passes of 44 and 35 yards to Damarr Aultman, then a 21-yard TD to John Ebeling in the third quarter.

Smith was 17-for-26 for 250 yards passing and an interception and had 22 yards rushing on five carries.

"Their quarterback, that guy is just a winner," said Appalachian State coach Jerry Moore of Smith. "He doesn't do anything flashy. He goes out there and runs a boot, and they get a first down, and the next thing you know he hits a long ball, touchdown."

Maine defensive end Craig Capella (Absegami) had four tackles in the game and defensive lineman Ryan Nani (Lacey Township resident) had two tackles.

Jamal Jackson was 26-of-45 for 272 yards and a touchdown, with two interceptions, for the Mountaineers (8-4), whose string of six straight 10-win seasons ended.

The Black Bears will play at Georgia Southern in the quarterfinals next Saturday at a time to be determined.

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