GOSHEN — Coy Brown is going bowling.
The NorthWood High School graduate is a sophomore reserve linebacker on the Bowling Green football team that defeated previously unbeaten Northern Illinois, 47-27, to win the Mid-American Conference championship.
Brown has played in all 13 games this season, making six tackles and assisting on five others.
The Bowling Green Falcons will be playing in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl on Thursday, Dec. 26 at 6 p.m. at Ford Field in Detroit.
This will be the 11th bowl game in program history and the third in the last five years under head coach Dave Clawson.
The Falcons had won five straight games outscoring their opponents 223-44 during the stretch.
Bowling Green features one of the nation’s best defenses and one of the MAC’s top offenses.
On the defensive side of the ball, Bowling Green ranks fifth in the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 14.8 points per game. The defense only allows 308.7 yards per game, which is eighth-best in the country. The Falcons are also fourth in all of FBS, surrendering just 166.2 yards per game through the air.
Freshman Raina Troyer (Fairfield) has wrapped up her first season for the Indiana Wesleyan Wildcats. The Wildcats finished with a 30-12 record after dropping a 25-20, 25-19, 20-25, 28-26 decision to Dordt in pool play at the NAIA National Tournament. The defensive specialist totaled 269 digs, second on the team to senior Rae Brandes. Troyer also had four kills, 11 setting assists and 33 aces.
The Bethel College Pilots posted a 1-1 record on the opening day of the NCCAA National Tournament, defeating Lee 28-26, 17-25, 28-26, 25-21 and losing to Azusa Pacific 25-20, 25-17, 16-25, 25-10. Freshman outside hitter Hanna Stump (NorthWood) had seven kills, three digs, a solo block and an assisted block; senior defensive specialist Amanda Troyer (Elkhart Memorial) 12 digs and freshman middle blocker Jana Yoder (NorthWood) a dig for the Pilots against Azusa Pacific. Stump had four kills, three digs and a blocking assist and Troyer 14 digs and two aces in the Lee Contest.