State roundup: Ferris State clinches share of GLIAC title

The Detroit News

Jason Vander Laan threw for 141 yards and four touchdowns and ran for another as undefeated Ferris State (10-0) clinched a share of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football title with a 38-7 home win over Walsh Saturday.

Ashland, which did not play Saturday, also finished 10-0.

Vander Laan ‘s 51-yard TD strike to James Lockett with 11:35 left in the first half opened 35-0 lead. Jahaan Brown (25 yards), Jake Lampman (4 yards) and Shakur Sanders (5 yards) also had scoring catches for Ferris State (10-0), which won its 26th consecutive game and earned a bid to the Division 2 playoffs.

Vander Laan scored on 27-yard run with 1:08 left in the first quarter as part of his team-leading 85 yars in rushing. Ferris State’s Nate Iveson kicked a 30-yard field goal.

Kalvin Gordon scored on a 43-yard run for Walsh (2-8).

(At) Hillsdale 31, Wayne State 24 (OT): Joe Reverman scored on a 9-yard run in overtime to lift Hillsdale to its fourth straight win to wrap up the season. Romello Brown scored on runs 8, 2 and 16 yards for Wayne State (6-5), which led 24-17 with 7:41 left before Joe Srebernak’s 16-yard TD catch from Chance Stewart tied it with a 1:21 remaining. Brown ran for 154 yards on 31 carries. Wayne State’s D.J. Zezula finished 14-of-23 for 167 yards. Stewart was 18-of-28 for 254 yards and two TDs, including a 44-yard scoring strike to Trey Brock.

Michigan Tech 63, (at) Lake Erie 23: John Williams and Brandon Cowie each ran in for two TDs as Tech (7-3) racked up 601 yards in total offense. Cowie finished 13-of-17 for 164 passing with one TD, a 25-yard scoring play to Kevin Miller to put Tech up 7-0. James Henderson had a 91-yard kickoff return with 17 seconds left to give Tech a 35-15 halftime lead. Quarterback John Banyasz finished 145 yards with two TDs and two inceptions for Lake Erie (2-9).

(At) Findlay 45, Northern Michigan 42: Tyler Bugeja’s 30-yard field goal with no time left on the clock lifted Findlay (6-5) over Northern (5-6), which led 42-35 on Jake Mayon’s 1-yard run with 13:25 left. Findlay tied it on Tim Szabo’s 25-yard scoring catch with 6:35 remaining. Keyondre Craig had two TD catches for Northern.

Northwood 28, (at) Malone 21: Jared Briguglio’s 1-yard scoring run held up as the game winner as Northwood (5-6) snapped a two-game losing streak. Vashon Nutt, Bryce Lindberg and Andre Fils also scored touchdowns for Northwood, which led 21-7 at halftime. Malone  finished 0-10.

Grand Valley 24, (at) Saginaw Valley State 17: Bart Williams passed for 299 yards and two touchdowns to lead Grand Valley (9-2). Matt McKoy had a 97-yard interception return for Saginaw Valley (1-10).


Olivet 47, (at) Alma 29: Damorria Lilly ran for 210 yards and four TDs as Olivet clinched a share of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association title with Albion. Lilly had TD runs of 1,1, 6 and 22 for Olivet (9-1, 5-1), which has a shot an at-large bid to 32-team field for NCAA Division 3 playoffs. The field will be announced 6 p.m. Sunday. Albion (9-1, 5-1 MIAA) received automatic bid by virtue of its 49-21 victory over Olivet on Oct. 31.

(At) Kalamazoo 39, Hope 31: Octavius Sanders returned two interceptions for touchdowns, including one 98 yards, to lead Kalamazoo (3-7) to a season-ending victory. Matt Kroll scored three TDs for Hope (2-8) on catches of 20, 8 and 10 yards.