People actually had concerns going into that game last Saturday night. It was Tiffin,but then again the week before that was Findlay. Instead what a Lubbers Stadium crowd of over 9,000 was treated to was a glimpse of the GVSU teams of old. Fears were quickly put to rest after the first quarter, for that night at least. We knew we were at least better than Tiffin. The big question was GVSU actually getting better and clicking, or was Tiffin just that bad?
The reeling Lakers hung 21 points on the Dragons in the first quarter thanks in-part to two Heath Parling touchdown passes and a 19-yd. scrambling from Parling himself. Parling showed tiny glimpses of what we all witnessed with Kyle Mitchell and, dare I say it, Cullen Finnerty on that play. Entering second quarter action the Lakers didn’t slow down. Charles Johnson hauled in two touchdown passes from Parling and Hersey Jackson got into the action with a 5-yard touchdown run of his own. A 42-0 halftime lead gave the GVSU faithful a warm feeling of old comfort on a chilly night in Allendale. The second half of the game continued on the like the first half. Parling started the 3rd quarter with a 26-yard touchdown pass to Jovonne Augustus. After that score backup QB Isiah Grimes would record the next touchdown pass for the Lakers with a 9 yd. scoring pass to Keontre’ Miskel. Tiffin’s only score of the night came at 8:53 of the 4th quarter, by a 19-yd. pass from Dan Pitts to Obadiah Dykes.
By the end of the night GVSU had put 70 points on the board for the second year in a row against Tiffin. The offense racked up 629 total yards with 400 of those coming through the air. Parling himself recorded five touchdown passes and 298 yards passing. In more good news, backup Isiah Grimes looked very reliable completing 6 of 9 passes for 102 yards with one touchdown. For Grand Valley the rushing game was spread out among several carriers. Hersey Jackson got 89 yards on the ground, Billy Seiler got 85, Michael Ratay 40, and surprisingly Norman Shuford only got 4 yards. Charles Johnson continued his standout year leading all recievers with 158 yards. Johnson and Augustus lead all recievers with touchdowns, each recording two scoring catches. Adding to that, the Laker defensive front recorded four sacks for a loss accumulation of 30 yards.
It was a night for the Lakers to re-group, to practice execution and to gain some confidence. The team will need all they can heading into a key match-up with 3-2 Northern Michigan at the Yooper Dome in Marquette this coming Saturday. The 1pm tilt will be a crucial test of this young GVSU squad. Last weekend the Wildcats came very close to upsetting Wayne State, 6th ranked (and un-beaten) team in the country in their dome. They lost only by two points, 30-28. Despite being throttled by Ashland the week before the Lakers can’t afford to take any team in the conference lightly this year. The Dome is a very in-hopitable place to play and I would expect the Wildcat faithful to be out in-force and licking their chops for a struggling GVSU team. So what’s the good news? Zach Breen is back in the lineup after serving his 5-game suspension.
Gametime is 1pm and if you can’t make the trip to the U.P. you can tune on 107.3 MUS for the call of the action. Go Lakers!!