2nd-ranked Grand Valley State claimed a 24-21 GLIAC road win at Ohio Dominican Saturday afternoon in Columbus, Ohio. The Lakers improve to 5-0 both overall and in league action, while the Panthers fall to 2-3. Grand Valley State will host Ferris State next Saturday at Lubbers Stadium in the Anchor Bone Classic. Kickoff is set for 7:00 pm.
GVSU sophomore CB Devin McKissic sealed the win, picking off a Grant Russell pass at the Lakers' five yard line with :17 seconds left in the game. It was GVSU's fourth interception of the day. ODU had driven the ball 68 yards in 13 plays before the final pick.
After a scoreless first quarter Grand Valley State scored 17 second quarter points. The Laker offense took over on its own 28 yard line following an ODU punt and sophomore QB Bart Williams started to heat up. B. Williams drove the Lakers 72 yards in seven plays for a touchdown. Williams was 5-for-5 for 63 yards and concluded the drive with a 6 yard TD pass to senior WR Matt Williams. B. Williams hit M. Williams three times on the drive for 43 yards. Williams hauled in his 100th career catch on a 19 yard reception during the drive and catch number 101 was the 6 yard TD reception. Senior PK Joel Schipper added the PAT for a 7-0 lead with 4:07 left in the first half.
Ohio Dominican used a little trickery and showcased a fake punt late in the second quarter to move inside GVSU territory, but senior LB Marquez Gollman picked off a pass at the Laker 22 yard line with 1:21 left in the second quarter.
B. Williams went to work and put together a flawless 8-play, 78-yard scoring drive that took 1:05 off the clock. B. Williams was 6-for-7 for 74 yards, including two passes to M. Williams that covered 50 yards. Sophomore running back Marty Carter concluded the drive with a 2 yard TD run and Schipper added the PAT for a 14-0 lead.
Senior DE Sydney Omameh, who hails from Columbus, Ohio, stripped the ball carrier on the first play from scrimmage for ODU. B. Williams took one shot on a pass to the endzone before Schipper booted a career-long 47-yard field goal as time expired in the first half to up the GVSU lead to 17-0.
Following an Ohio Dominican touchdown, the Laker offense answered quickly.
Carter raced 36 yards on the first play and closed the drive with a 4 yard scoring run on fourth down to give GVSU a 24-7 lead. The scoring drive took 2:37 off the clock and was 63 yards in five plays.
Ohio Dominican added two more touchdowns to pull within three points before McKissic came up with his first interception of the year.
Grand Valley State picked off four passes, three of which came on the Panthers final four drives.
B. Williams completed 21-of-34 passes for 280 yards and one TD, while Carter rushed for 82 yards and two TDs on 16 carries to lead the running game. M. Williams hauled in nine catches for 172 yards and one TD. Nick Dodson caught a career-high eight passes for 59 yards.
Junior LB Collin Schlosser led the defense with 14 tackles and 1.5 TFL (-4), while Omameh tallied seven stops, two QB sacks (-16), two TFL (-16), a forced fumble and a recovery. In addition to McKissic, Donte Carey, Marquez Gollman and Jailyn Harden each picked off a pass.