GVL / Sheila Babbitt Homecoming football  game vs Dixie State on October 7th, 2018.

What to Watch: GameDay Special coming to Allendale

The Grand Valley State athletic department announced earlier this week that an hour-long "GameDay Special" will broadcast live from inside Lubbers Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9 to 10 a.m. This special will preview that evening's Anchor-Bone classic between GLIAC rivals No. 2 Grand Valley State and No. 3 Ferris State. 

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GVL / Sheila Babbitt Homecoming football  game vs Dixie State on October 7th, 2018.

Preview: An Anchor-Bone Classic unlike any other

Every year in college football, there are big games. Ranked teams duking it out for bragging rights. Rivals meeting up for their annual battle. Conference leaders squaring off to gain regional supremacy.  Not often are all of those aspects and more combined into one game as they will be this weekend when the No. 2 Grand Valley State Lakers (6-0, 3-0 GLIAC) host their archrival No. 3 Ferris State Bulldogs (6-0, 4-0) at Lubbers Stadium for the first time since 2016 on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m.

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Kwanii Figueroa takes an interception to the house in a game against Dixie State on Saturday, Oct. 6. GVL / Sheila Babbitt

Six-won-six: GVSU handles Dixie State, remains unbeaten

On a cool fall Homecoming evening in Allendale, the No. 2 ranked Grand Valley State Lakers football team defeated the visiting Dixie State Trailblazers 35-14 in the first ever match-up between the Michigan and Utah schools behind a stout defensive effort to improve to 6-0. Before Head Coach Matt Mitchell ushered out the second unit defense in the fourth quarter, GVSU had held the Trailblazers to only 173 yards on 55 plays – an average of only 3.1 yards per play – with a measly 25 carries for 21 yards on the ground. Both of DSU’s touchdown came in the fourth quarter against the backups.

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

High five: Lakers destroy Northwood 52-7 to remain unscathed

After winning back-to-back GLIAC Offensive Player of the Week honors, quarterback Bart Williams was only allowed to throw seven passes before giving way to the second string during the Lakers’ blowout of Northwood, defeating the Timberwolves 52-7 on the road in a true team effort. Williams made the most of his short stint on the field, completing five passes for 129 yards and one touchdown. His second completion, a 23-yard pass to Jalen Bryant, made him the school’s all-time leader in pass yardage, surpassing Cullen Finnerty. 

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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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