Winning and you’re in, is what faced the Grand Valley State University football team when they hosted the University of Davenport on Saturday afternoon.
They are in.
The Lakers, 6-1 in the GLIAC and 9-1 overall, advanced to the NCAA Division II playoffs after beating Davenport 42-0 at Lubbers Stadium in front of a crowd of 8,483. Grand Valley, ranked fifth in the country, is the No. 3 seed in the most recent Super Region 3 ranking.
This is the fourth time in the past six seasons that Grand Valley has qualified for the playoffs. The Lakers will learn about their first-round opponent on Sunday’s 5 p.m. NCAA Draft on NCAA.com. Grand Valley will host the game on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Saturday’s shutout was the first for Grand Valley since shutting out Northwood 49-0 in 2017. The GVSU defense limited Davenport to 102 total attacking yards, including 82 rushing yards on 43 attempts and 20 yards in. the airs.
Linebacker Denzel Williams led the Lakers defense with 10 tackles, a TFL (-1) and a rushing QB, while linebacker Abe Swanson made eight saves, a quarterback sack (-6), a TFL ( -6) and a forced fumble.
Meanwhile, the Grand Valley offensive got busy early. Grand Valley scored on touchdowns of 74, 38 and 99 yards, giving the Lakers a 21-0 lead in the first quarter. Quarterback Cade Peterson threw for 134 yards, including a pair of touchdown passes to Jacob Miller and one to Bryce Young-Walls. Young-Walls also ran for 119 yards and he scored on a 57-yard rush.
In total, the Lakers racked up 449 attacking yards. Second-year running back Tariq Reid had 56 yards on seven carries, and Miller caught three passes for 37 yards.