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PHOTOS: Lions On Top of Division II

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As the stadium lights shine down, Lions head coach Colby Carthel holds the championship trophy high above his head in celebration with his players. Carthel has brought the football program from consecutive 1-9 seasons before his arrival to three consecutive conference championships and, seen here, a national championship.

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A&M-Commerce President Ray Keck (right) congratulates head coach Colby Carthel (left) after the game ended, sealing the school’s first NCAA championship win.

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Lions offensive lineman Jared Machorro holds the NCAA Championship trophy high above the crowd of football players, emotion running high.

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Lions defensive back Yusef Sterling-Lowe (21) watches for the snap to cover a West Florida wide receiver.

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Lions fan came in force to Kansas City to support their team.

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Lions running back EJ Thompson holds up the A&M-Commerce Lucky L after he scored a touchdown in the third quarter. He rushed for 110 yards, a career-best for freshman.

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The Lions defense swallows the West Florida running back as he attempts to run through a hole.

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A Lions player holds his fist in the air to express his emotion during the tension-filled game.

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Lions tight end Vincent Hobbs dashes through defenders and trucks for several more yards as the defense attempts to slow him down. Hobbs had 71 yards with five catches in the game and helped to set up many scoring opportunities.

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Fans were pumped for the start of the NCAA Division II Football championship, and a few braved the Kansas City cold to sport chest paint.

This story will be updated. More National Championship coverage coming right here and in the first edition of The East Texan in the spring semester.

 

 

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