October 6, 2018
#2 Grand Valley State claimed a 35-14 homecoming victory over Dixie State Saturday (Oct. 6) at Lubbers Stadium before a sellout crowd of 10,763. The Lakers will now host #3 Ferris State Oct. 13 at Lubbers Stadium. Tickets are available by online at GVSUlakers.com or by calling 616-331-3200.
The Lakers jumped out to an early 14-0 first quarter lead with an 8-play, 63-yard drive that resulted in a 31 yard touchdown pass from senior QB Bart Williams to junior WR Austin Paritee. J.J. McGrath added the PAT for a 7-0 lead. The GVSU defense then got in on the scoring as senior DT Kwanii Figeuroa hauled in a tipped pass and returned it 47 yards for a TD. Midway through the second quarter redshirt freshman running back Jack Provencher scored on a 3 yard run to end a 6-play, 80-yard drive. Williams hit Paritee with a 35 yard pass and catch to open the drive and junior RB Chawnez Moss added a 28 yard run to the Dixie State three yard line before Provencher's TD.
The Lakers closed the first half with a 6-play, 62-yard drive to pull out to a 28-0 lead. Williams hit Provencher with a 14 yard pass and then hit Paritee with back-to-back completions, the first covering 19 yards and the second 26 yards for a touchdown. McGrath added the PAT.
September 29, 2018
#3 Grand Valley State cruised to an impressive 52-7 GLIAC road win at Northwood Saturday afternoon in Midland, Michigan. The Lakers improves to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in GLIAC action. GVSU will host Dixie State next Saturday (Oct. 6) at 7 p.m. in its annual Homecoming contest.
GVSU dominated from the opening kickoff, scoring 14 points in each of the first two quarters of action en route to a 28-7 halftime lead. RB Jack Provencher scored on a 3-yard run to culminate a 5-play, 68-yard drive on the Lakers' opening possession and following the PAT by J.J. McGrath GVSU led 7-0.
QB Bart Williams became the GVSU all-time passing yards (11,021) leader on the drive with a completion to Nick Dodson. WR Austin Paritee hauled in a 2-yard TD pass from QB Bart Williams to complete a 2-play, 50-yard scoring drive that upped the Laker lead to 14-0. Junior RB Chawntez Moss scored on a 24 yard run and Dodson closed the first half with a 15 yard TD reception from sophomore QB Cole Kotopka. Northwood tossed a hail mary 39 yard TD pass with four seconds left in the first half for its only points of the game.
September 22, 2018
#5 Grand Valley State claimed a 45-20 GLIAC home win over Michigan Tech Saturday night before the second largest crowd (16,671) in Lubbers Stadium history on Family Day. The Lakers improve to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in GLIAC action. GVSU will hit the road again for a 1 p.m. contest at Northwood next Saturday (Sept. 29). Michigan Tech falls to 2-2 overall and 0-2 in GLIAC play.
It was a record setting night for senior QB Bart Williams as became the Lakers' all-time leader in TD passes for a career with his second TD pass of the game in the second quarter. He tied former Laker great and 2002 Harlon Hill Award winner, Curt Anes, with a 7 yard TD pass to RB Jack Provencher, then set the record (115) with a perfectly thrown 42 yard TD pass to senior WR Nick Dodson to give GVSU a 17-7 lead. Williams then hit Dodson again, this one covering eight yards to give the Lakers a 24-7 halftime lead. The Laker defense dominated Michigan Tech in the opening half, limiting the Huskies to 21 rushing yards and 115 passing yards
September 15, 2018
#5 Grand Valley State dominated Northern Michigan in all facets of the game en route to a 47-14 victory at the Superior Dome in Marquette, Michigan. GVSU improves to 3-0 overall and 1-0 in GLIAC action. The Lakers will return to the friendly confines of Lubbers Stadium next Saturday (Sept. 22) versus Michigan Tech on Family Day. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Grand Valley State started fast and never slowed down offensively, driving 81 yards in 11 plays on its first possession for a touchdown. Redshirt freshman running back Jack Provencher scored on a 20-yard run with 8:40 left in the first quarter, but the PAT hit off the upright for a 6-0 lead.
Following a second consecutive three-and-out by the Laker defense, senior quarterback Bart Williamsengineered a 5-play, 57-yard scoring drive that he culminated with a Williams 6-yard TD run, the first of his career. J.J. McGrath added the PAT for a 13-0 lead. The GVSU defense forced a fumble that junior linebacker Isaiah Nkansah recovered at the Wildcat 34 yard line to put the offense back in scoring position. The Lakers needed just five plays to score as Provencher took a short pass from B. Williams to paydirt and McGrath's PAT upped the Laker lead to 20-0 with 13:23 left in the second quarter.