GVSU routs Tiffin 45-7 in season opener

Grand Valley State football took to the field for the first time Thursday night since their national semifinal loss to Shepherd last season. And they didn’t disappoint. The Lakers jumped out to an early lead and toppled the Tiffin Dragons 45-7 in their season home-opener Sept. 1.


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“Others follow you based on the quality of your actions rather than the magnitude of your declarations,” said Bill Walsh, former head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, who engineered the team to three Super Bowl victories along with being inducted into the Hall of Fame. During those glory days, Walsh had the privilege of coaching two Hall of Fame quarterbacks in Joe Montana and Steve Young.

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Grand Valley State Laker Football on Wednesday Aug. 17, 2016.

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The 2016 Grand Valley State football team, coming off of a 12-3 (8-2 GLIAC) season and a heartbreaking loss in the national semifinal, had one motto this past offseason. “One thing we preached about camp this year was being the hunter, not the hunted,” said GVSU junior receiver Brandon Bean.

GVL/Kevin Sielaff - Brandon Revenberg (57) rests on the sideline in between plays. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats square off against the Saskatchewan Roughriders Saturday, August 20, 2016 in Hamilton, Ontario.

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On the way to the stadium, the minute differences become more apparent. Tim Hortons coffee shops are littered throughout the city the way Starbucks is in the US. The speed limit is 50 kilometers an hour. A tradition of the locals living in the shadow of the stadium, fans’ cars are parked in the yards of the surrounding houses, the most popular method of game day parking. The city is adorned in black and gold team colors, but this is not Pittsburgh.