NORTHEAST FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - It took a last-second field goal to ruin Louisburg's first-ever NJCAA bowl game. Ellsworth made a last-second field goal to give the Panthers a 30-27 win over the Hurricanes in the 2012 Graphic Edge Bowl. Ellsworth wins its third Graphic Edge Bowl win in five years. Louisburg was the third Northeast Football Conference team to play in the 2012 NJCAA postseason.
The Hurricanes' Jeff Richardson, who had an interception, was named the defensive player of the game.
Madison Mills, a second-team All-Northeast Football Conference quarterback, connected with David Alston to put the Hurricanes on the scoreboard.
The Hurricanes built to 20-16 lead at halftime. After Ellsworth returned the second-half kickoff to set up a go-ahead score, Louisburg's defense responded on its next time on the field by intercepting its third pass of the game.
With Ellsworth holding a 27-20 lead, the Hurricanes' defense caused another turnover and Brandon McGee returned the fumble for a touchdown to tie the score at 27.
The Hurricanes had a chance to take the lead but Ryan Samuels' 45-yard field goal attempt was blocked, setting up the Panthers' game-winning field goal.
Louisburg finished 6-3.