Saturday's state football: Saginaw Valley rallies, wins in OT

The Detroit News
Saginaw Valley State linebacker Michael Alexander (33) had one of his team's three interceptions against Wayne State.

Saginaw Valley State rallied from a 15-point second-half deficit to topple visiting Wayne State, 35-29, in overtime and remain unbeaten Saturday in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game.

Ryan Conklin threw his lone touchdown pass of the game — a 25-yarder — to Chad Gailliard in the extra session to cap the furious comeback and keep the perfect record intact for Saginaw Valley (4-0, 1-0).

Wayne State (1-3, 0-2) appeared to put Saginaw Valley on the ropes when Paul Graham's 30-yard field goal gave the Warriors a 22-7 advantage with 7:41 left in the third quarter.

But Saginaw Valley responded by scoring 22 unanswered points on two 2-yard runs by Nate McCrary and a 1-yard plunge from Jermaih Johnson to take a 29-22 lead with 8:25 left in the fourth.

Wayne State pulled even at 29 with 1:55 left in regulation after DeOntay Moffett scored on a 2-yard run and had the first crack in overtime — only to have Graham's 34-yard field-goal attempt blocked.

Johnson finished with a team-high 87 yards rushing for Saginaw Valley, while McCrary also scored on a 4-yard run in the first quarter.

Demetrius Stinson rushed for 122 yards on 23 carries, and Jake AmRhein threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Darece Roberson but was picked three times for Wayne State. 


(At) No. 5 Grand Valley State 45, Michigan Tech 20: Bart Williams passed for 386 yards and five touchdowns, including a pair of scoring strikes apiece to Nick Dodson and Jack Provencher, to lead the Division II fifth-ranked Lakers (4-0), who amassed 589 yards in offense. Michigan Tech's Jacob Wenzlick had eight catches for 127 yards, including one for a score. The Huskies fall to 2-2. 

No. 6 Ferris State 35, (at) Northern Michigan 19: Jayru Campbell threw for 179 yards, rushed for 168 more and had five total touchdowns (three passing, two rushing) for Ferris State (4-0, 2-0). Campell connected with Sy Barnett on touchdowns of six and 28 yards and hooked up with Jevon Shaw on a 7-yard score to open up a 21-3 lead in the first half. Jake Mayon rushed for 97 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries and Daniel Riser made field goals from 40 and 25 yards for Northern Michigan (1-3, 0-2). 

(At) Ashland 35, Northwood 10: Austin Brenner threw touchdown passes of 25 and five yards to Kamaron Green, and Luke Ogi rushed for 82 yards and two scores on 10 carries for Ashland (2-2, 2-0). Christian Martinez scored on a 4-yard run and David Riser had a 31-yard field goal for Northwood (0-4, 0-2), which was outgained 483-152.

Davenport 26, (at) Quincy 10: Haiden Majewski was 16-for-25 passing for 226 yards and threw touchdown passes of 64 and seven yards to Michael Catching and Brendan Boman, respectively, for Davenport (4-0, 1-0). Keion Powers added a 2-yard rushing score and Chris Ahmed made two field goals (22 and 27 yards).