State football: Ferris State advances to regional final

News staff

Quarterback Jason Vander Laan continued his record-setting ways and second-ranked Ferris State kept its unbeaten season going with a 48-30 victory over visiting Texas A&M-Commerce in their Division II playoff opener Saturday.

Vander Laan led a ground game that racked up 296 yards and six touchdowns for the Bulldogs (11-0), who put up 21 points in the third quarter to take a 34-23 lead.

Jahaan Brown ran for 192 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries, while Vander Laan took the ball 29 times for 97 yards and five touchdowns.

For good measure, Vander Laan completed 12 of 19 passes for 105 yards without an interception.

Harrison Stewart was 16-of-38 passing for 267 yards and a touchdown for Texas A&M-Commerce.

Next Saturday, No. 2 Ferris State will play Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference rival and sixth-seeded Grand Valley State for the regional championship.

Grand Valley State 45, (at) Ashland 28: Bart Williams threw for 231 yards and two touchdowns as Grand Valley handed Ashland its first loss.

Williams completed 17 of 33 passes, five to Matt Williams for 116 yards, but he also threw three interceptions, including a pair that ended the Lakers’ first two possessions of the game. But Grand Valley (10-2) roared back to score 21 second-quarter points and take a 28-14 lead into halftime.

Nick Dodson finished with five catches for 52 yards and a touchdown. Kirk Spencer (4 for 28) also caught a TD pass, and ran for another. He had 105 yards to lead a ground game that put up 230 yards.

Travis Tarnowski completed 27 of 49 passes for 276 yards and three touchdowns for Ashland (10-1) but also threw three interceptions. Ashland rushed for just 81 yards.

Division III

(At) Wabash 35, Albion 14: Albion took a 14-6 lead before Wabash (11-0) got its ground game into gear and scored the final 29 points of the game to end the season for the Britons.

Mason Zurek rushed 38 times for 312 of Wabash’s 412 yards on the ground and scored the last four touchdowns, the capper on a 70-yard spurt.

Dominic Bona completed 12 of 22 passes for 117 yards and a touchdown for Albion (9-2) but was intercepted three times. He also registered 90 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

Colin Parks had 14 carries for 91 yards and Mike Czarnecki rushed 12 times for 88 yards for the Britons, who compiled 384 yards but also lost a pair of fumbles.

Wabash amassed 502 yards and had just one turnover.