GVL / Sheila Babbitt Football game vs Michigan Tech on September 22, 2018.

Behind the face mask with Bart Williams

The Grand Valley State football team is off to a dominant start during the 2018 football season after ripping off four straight wins. Much of that success can be attributed to the play of quarterback Bart Williams, who has thrown for 1,038 yards and 13 touchdowns with zero interceptions.  As is the case with everybody, though, there is more to the new all-time school record holder in pass touchdowns. I took some time out of my day to hang out with the school’s four-year starter and talk about more than just what’s happening on the field.

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‘Loving to hit people’: defensive lineman Dylan Carroll provides GVSU with leadership

It’s a bit of a cliché, but it’s still true to this day: defense wins championships. Thankfully for the Grand Valley State football team, their defense is in great shape thanks to the leadership and determination of senior defensive lineman Dylan Carroll. Carroll has been appearing as the villain in the nightmares of opposing GLIAC quarterbacks over the past four years, as he’s tallied 139 total tackles, 29.5 tackles for loss and 18.5 sacks as of Sept. 21, 2018. Like many college football players, Carroll started his playing career as a running back, but found a passion for playing on the other side of the ball early on. 

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Four of a kind: GVSU football beats Michigan Tech in historic fashion

Thanks in part to the new all-time school touchdown pass leader Bart Williams, the No. 5 Grand Valley State Lakers (4-0, 2-0 GLIAC) defeated the Michigan Tech Huskies (2-2, 0-2) by a score of 45-20 in front of 16,671 fans - the second largest crowd in Lubbers Stadium history  Williams threw five touchdowns – the second of which passed Curt Anes for the top spot among all GVSU players – along with 382 yards on 23 completions in 37 attempts. 

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Nick Dodson and Jack Provencher collaborate during GVSU's season opener against Indianapolis. GVL / Sheila Babbitt

Big three: GVSU football crushes NMU on the road

The Grand Valley State football team has started the season 3-0 for the first time since 2016 after making the six-and-a-half hour bus ride to Marquette, Mich. where the beat the Northern Michigan Wildcats 47-17. The win also gets the Lakers on the board in GLIAC contests. GVSU’s offense nearly matched their scoring output from the first two games of the season combined led by quarterback Bart Williams who completed 17 of 28 pass attempts for 280 yards and four touchdowns. With the scores, Williams tied – and then passed – Cullen Finnerty for second place in GVSU football history in touchdown passes with 112.

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Walled off: senior tackle Ben Walling looks to push Laker offense to elite level

Linemen are the toughest competitors in football, and Grand Valley State's Ben Walling is no exception. Standing at six-feet-five-inches tall and weighing 295 pounds, he has become acclimated to walling off the competition for more than three years now at GVSU. Walling has established himself as one of the GLIAC’s best offensive tackles. With 37 consecutive starts including playoff games under his belt, the 2017 first team all-GLIAC right tackle has consistently anchored the right side of an offensive line that has had little trouble imposing its will since Walling arrived on campus in 2014. 

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Chawntez Moss extends to score his first touchdown as a Laker in the third quarter against UIndy on Aug. 31. GVL / Sheila Babbitt

One and oh: GVSU football rolls over Indianapolis to open season

The No. 10 ranked Grand Valley State football team opened their season on a dominant note, defeating No. 13 Indianapolis 30-7 at Lubbers Stadium.  “Good team win. Obviously that’s a good football team we played,” said head coach Matt Mitchell. “Great job by our guys, our coaches, offense and defense coming together and playing even when we were down. We never questioned anything, we just kept playing.”

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