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Goldwire, Wofford to meet Montana in the first round
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The Wofford Terriers’ reward for winning the Southern Conference championship is a trip to Missoula, Mont., to take on the unbeaten Montana Grizzlies.

The Terriers (8-3) open the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs against the No. 2-ranked Grizzlies, marking the second time in the past five years the Terriers have gone to the playoffs.

Wofford, ranked No. 11 in the Sports Network poll, won the Southern Conference automatic bid to the playoffs. The Terriers and Appalachian State were the only Southern Conference teams to earn a bid to the playoffs.

“This has been a very blessed season,” said head coach Mike Ayers. “We have a great group of players who fight the fight. I think we have the best coaching staff in America, who are very committed to the program. The Wofford faithful have been behind us all the way this season as well. The week off has given us a chance to get healthy and work on the fundamentals. We are going to be facing a team that we have never played and don’t know much about.”

Former Effingham County High School standout Seth Goldwire leads the Terriers in tackles with 90 and was seventh in the SoCon this season.

University of Northern Iowa University (11-0) tops the bracket as the top seed after capturing the automatic qualifying berth from the Gateway Football Conference. Second-seeded McNeese State University (11-0) captured the Southland Conference automatic berth.

Montana (11-0), making its 18th tournament appearance, is the third seed. Rounding out this year’s seeded teams is Southern Illinois University (10-1) with the  fourth seed.

Other first-round hosts include two-time defending national champion Appalachian St. (9-2), Delaware (8-3), Colonial Athletic Association automatic qualifier Massachusetts (9-2) and Richmond (9-2).