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Connersville native going to FCS Championship with Montana

The former Spartan is a tight end for the Grizzlies

Shafer celebrates after 2-OT win (Photo: Montana Football)

(MISSOULA, MT.) -- Connersville native Evan Shafer and his Montana teammates are now preparing for the FCS national championship.


Montana won a thrilling double-overtime game against North Dakota State on Saturday to give the university their first trip to the title game since 2009.


Shafer is a tight end on the team and joined the program after transferring from Hillsdale College earlier this year.


The former Spartan had a crucial first down catch during the game Saturday.


The 2021 Connersville graduate was a standout lineman who earned team MVP both his junior and senior year. He also earned All-Eastern Indiana Conference honors for three straight seasons.


The Montana Grizzlies will play No. 1 South Dakota State in the FCS Championship in Frisco, Texas on January 7.

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