Bart Williams scrambles out of the pocket for a first down against Northwest Missouri State on Saturday, Nov. 17. GVL / Katherine Vasile

End of the line: GVSU football season ends in rout to Northwest Mo. State

The No. 6 seeded Northwest Missouri State Bearcats ran the ball. Then they ran it again. Then again. Then they ran the No. 3 seeded Grand Valley State Lakers out of the playoffs, beating them 42-17 in the first round of the Division II football playoffs. The Lakers' season record ends up at 10-2.  The biggest play of the game came after GVSU scored their only offensive touchdown of the game – a two-yard run by Jack Provencher – to cut NMSU’s lead to 21-17. After the ensuing kickoff was muffed, leaving the Bearcats at their own 16-yard line, running back Isaiah Strayhorn took the first play of the drive 84 yards for a score that would eventually serve as the clincher. 


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. 

Chawntez Moss trots into the end zone for a score against Ferris State on Oct. 13. GVL / Sheila Babbitt

GVSU football gets first loss, falls to Ferris State at home

The No. 2 ranked Grand Valley State Lakers football team suffered their first loss of the season on Saturday, Oct. 13, dropping a home contest to the rival No. 3 Ferris State Bulldogs 35-31, dropping to 6-1 (3-1 GLIAC).  “We’re all very disappointed,” said head coach Matt Mitchell. “I think our players are very hurt that we lost the game, especially because I think there were a lot of opportunities we had out there. That wasn’t lack of effort. It wasn’t like I’m heading the locker room saying we had lack of effort. We competed.”