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."
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.