A lot can happen in twenty seconds. What happened Saturday night on the South side of Indianapolis left many at a complete loss for words. The lack of ability to express what we witnessed confirms this is completely new territory for many Laker fans. The high possibility of being un-ranked when the next polls come out, a losing record and a complete feeling of vulnerability. We’ve never looked at Findlay with questions like we are right now. We haven’t been here since the 2000 season, and that’s before a lot of us were around Grand Valley football.
With :36 seconds left in the 4th quarter of the game against the Greyhounds, Laker QB Heath Parling found Andrew Lorman inside the 5 yard line, hit him with a pass and Lorman stretched into the endzone. The GVSU sideline went nuts, the Lakers had a 33-28 lead with half a minute to go. What happened next gave us witness to a feeling not had since the 2001 national championship. A prolific Indianpolis touchdown drive ended in only twenty seconds and Ryan Forney grabbed a 22 yard pass with :11 seconds to play to rip out GVSU’s collective heart.
“You’re at the top of the world one second, and then your heart is in your throat the next, it’s just an empty feeling.”, Jarrod Cox was quoted in the Grand Rapids Press (Zuidema).
It took only three passing plays for Indy to get that winning touchdown. All complete and all for sizeable, deadly yardage (14, 27 and 22 yrds.). That one drive highlights a night where the Lakers fought from as much as 21-7 down, for the second week in a row. The GVSU secondary got schooled for 344 yards through the air which marks the second week in a row our opponent has thrown for over 300 yards.
It’s becoming plainly obvious to see that there are issues with the 2011 Lakers that they must find a way to overcome or face a long season. The defensive side of the ball needs to find a way to limit opponent’s effectiveness. A five-point lead with half a minute to go in the game should be enough. Thirty-three points should be enough as well. Allowing an opponent who has not made the playoffs in the last decade to get over 500 yards of offense is too much to overcome for almost any offense.