Ferris State football will look to make it four straight wins over Grand Valley State University when they take on the Lakers tonight at 7 p.m.
Fans of the GLIAC conference are in for an early season treat as the two undefeated teams look to write the next chapter in their rivalry as they face off for the Anchor-Bone Trophy.
Coming off of a huge 40-3 home opener victory against Northwood University, the Bulldogs hope to keep the ball rolling and take it to the Lakers at Lubbers Stadium. The momentum of that big win came courtesy of an outstanding 478 combined yardage performance from reigning Harlon Hill Trophy winner Jason Vander Laan, who will lead an energized pack of Bulldogs onto the field.
Other key players looking to provide the Lakers with rough seas this weekend are junior slot receiver Jamel Lockett, who is already off to a great season. Lockett was a force last week with two touchdowns on the night. Redshirt freshman defensive end Dylan Roney, who had 6 tackles and 1.5 sacks, was a big factor on the defensive side of the ball, while fellow defensive end David Holley led his team in tackles with 8.
Ferris’ defense as a unit held their opponents last week to one field goal and no touchdowns, but on the other end, Grand Valley’s defense forced their opponents into a total of 5 turnovers in the second half alone. Senior Laker running back Kirk Spencer had a productive day with 94 rushing yards and two touchdowns, and is sure to be a red zone threat to that Ferris State defense come game time.
An undefeated record against Grand Valley’s Lakers is also at stake here for the Bulldog’s Head Coach Tony Annese, earning two straight victories at home against the Lakers in the two years prior. The Lakers have scored a total of 61 points against the Bulldogs over their past two meetings, something that the Ferris State football staff and players would like to minimize in order to put the offense in an advantageous position.
The crowd this weekend is expected to be large, so if you plan on attending, get there early and grab yourself a seat for a college football game you will not want to miss. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. tonight at Lubbers Stadium.