GVL/Katherine Vasile, GVSU football playoff game, 11-17-18, Lubbers Stadium

Laker football inks 2019 recruiting class

The Grand Valley State football team signed 33 high school players to come play for the Lakers on Thursday, Feb. 6 as part of the annual National Signing Day. The class includes 16 offensive players, 16 defensive players and one kicker.  “This is a strong group in three position groups: receiver, interior defensive lineman and the secondary as a whole, I think we have some good mixtures on those,” said head coach Matt Mitchell. “They’re all really good students, I think they’re going to fit in with our campus culture and environment and what we’re doing academically and socially too and that’s important to me.”

Bart Williams scans the field for an open target in 2017.  GVL / Emily Frye

A letter to Laker Nation

Editor's note: With the career of GVSU football's all-time leader in pass yardage and touchdowns coming to a close, Bart Williams sends an exclusive farewell to the community he spent six years with. 


Do or die: GVSU football prepares for Northwest Mo. State in playoff bout

The Grand Valley State football team has won 10 out of 11 games in 2018. Over those 10 wins, the Lakers have defeated three of last year’s NCAA Division II Playoffs participants. Seven of those victories are by double digits and six are by at least 21 points.  Their resume has earned them the No. 3 seed in NCAA’s DII Super Region Three and an opportunity to host a national powerhouse: the No. 6 seeded Northwest Missouri State Bearcats. The program has won six national championships – including four since 2009 and as recently as 2016 – compared to GVSU’s four.

Bart Williams throws a pass in a game against Wayne State on Nov. 10. GVL / Sheila Babbitt

Terrific ten: GVSU ends season comfortably with win over Wayne State

  One of the special parts of football in Michigan is the unpredictability of weather. To begin the season, the No. 8 ranked Grand Valley State Lakers played in temperatures over 80 degrees. On Saturday, Nov. 10, that same team entered the same stadium in sub-freezing temperatures with snow on the ground and beat the Wayne State Warriors 45-21. With the victory, the Lakers finish the regular season 10-1(8-1 GLIAC) and will now prepare for the NCAA Division II postseason.

Tyler Bradfield flexes on Ashland in a 20-17 win at Lubbers Stadium on Nov. 3. GVL / Sheila Babbitt

Grinding it out: GVSU holds off Ashland in defensive showdown

112 yards less than their opponents on offense? 15 minutes and six seconds less possession time? 30 less plays run? Not a problem for the No. 9 ranked Grand Valley State Lakers, who managed to overcome significant statistical differences against the Ashland Eagles to win 20-17 at home on Saturday, Nov. 3 to secure the program’s 400th all-time win. The victory brings GVSU to 9-1 (6-1 GLIAC) while AU falls to 5-4 (5-2). 

GVL / Sheila Babbitt Football game vs Ferris State University on October 13th, 2018.

Battle tested: GVSU narrowly escapes SVSU on the road

After taking their first loss of the season two games prior and almost dropping a stunner to Davenport just one week ago, it would be crucial for the No. 9 Grand Valley State Lakers to hit the road again and take out the playoff-minded rival Saginaw Valley State Cardinals on Saturday, Oct. 27.  They did just that, winning the annual Battle of the Valleys game 31-28 for the sixth straight year and seventh consecutive match-up. With the win, GVSU moves to 8-1 (5-1 GLIAC) while SVSU drops to 6-3 (3-3). 

GVL / Sheila Babbitt Nick Dodson during GVSU's football game vs Ferris State University on Oct. 13, 2018.

Weathering the storm: Late game heroics push GVSU past Davenport

On a day where the Wolverines traveled to East Lansing and the Chippewas hosted the Broncos, it would have been easy for the game between the No. 8 ranked Grand Valley State Lakers and the surprising Davenport Panthers - who both came in 6-1 (3-1 GLIAC) - to be buried in the football commotion on Saturday, Oct. 20.  While a small crowd of 2,400 in Caledonia, Mich. may suggest that it was, the game itself ended up being anything but overlookable. The Lakers ended up beating the Panthers 19-14, but it took two weather delays, six total turnovers and a game-winning drive from a backup quarterback to seal the deal.

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Bigger and Better: GVSU Athletics announces Jamie Hosford Football Center

Despite Grand Valley State being one of the most successful DII Football programs in the past 15 years, they do not currently have the state-of-the-art facilities to match the state-of-the-art team. Thankfully for future football teams here, that is all about to change. As part of the homecoming festivities on Oct. 6, the GVSU Athletic Department announced a building expansion to the football locker rooms and facilities, which will be named after accomplished former Grand Valley State football player and wrestler Jamie Hosford.