Eastern moves on to FCS semifinals

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Eagles surge past Jacksonville State in second half

Quincy Forte rushed for 190 yards and two touchdowns and Eastern Washington pulled away from Jacksonville State in the second half for a 35-24 victory Saturday in the Football Championship Subdivision quarterfinals at Cheney.

Freshman linebacker Albert Havili returned an interception 77 yards for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter to break open the game for third-seeded Eastern Washington (12-2), which will host a semifinal game against Towson next Saturday.

Jacksonville State (11-4) twice took a one-touchdown lead in the first half, but lost quarterback Eli Jenkins to a knee injury just before halftime and managed a field goal the rest of the way behind backup Max Shortell.

Jenkins rushed for 118 yards and completed 12 of 14 passes, including a 10-yard touchdown to Anthony Johnson, before his exit.

Vernon Adams marched Eastern Washington 77 yards to tie the game at 21-21 late in the first half.

EAGLES 35
GAMECOCKS 24
Saturday:
Towson Tigers (12-2) at Eastern Washington Eagles (12-2), 11 a.m.

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