CHENEY — Vernon Adams was still kicking himself over throwing two momentum-killing interceptions when he got a glimpse how easily things could have been worse.
It happened early in the fourth quarter of Eastern Washington’s 35-24 Football Championship Subdivision quarterfinal victory over Jacksonville State, when his teammate Albert Havili returned an interception 77 yards for the clinching touchdown.
“It’s looking like they’re driving down to take the lead,” said Adams, the Eagles’ Payton Award finalist, “and just like that Albert knocks the wind out of them. He makes that pick and we’re going crazy on the sidelines.”
The freshman linebacker’s big play backed a 190-yard rushing day by Quincy Forte and gave the third-seeded Eagles one more home game next Saturday against seventh-seeded Towson in the FCS semifinals. The winner earns a trip to Frisco, Texas, for the national championship game on Jan. 4.
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Jacksonville State finished the season 11-4.