Shoulda, coulda, woulda I guess. Sorry for your luck.
This excerpt from Cody Eding's article from Sunday's Holland Sentinel:
"I feel awful," Martin said. "I told my wife last night, 'If we play well — we dominate them — I'll be sick after the game thinking that we should have had a home game next week if we had taken care of our business five weeks ago.'"
Hillsdale defeated then top-ranked GVSU 27-24 on Oct. 10, giving the Lakers their first regular season loss since 2004.
The defeat ended up costing now third-ranked Grand Valley the region's top seed. It means the Lakers will have to play at defending national champion Minnesota-Duluth Saturday instead of hosting the rematch.
Minnesota-Duluth, which features former Spring Lake star Robbie Aurich, advanced by defeating Nebraska-Kearney 42-7 Saturday. In last year's playoffs, Minnesota Duluth handed GVSU a 19-13 quarterfinal loss en route to a national championship.
"I think we came out with a chip on our shoulder, but honestly I think we think that's the way the first game should have went," Grand Valley quarterback Brad Iciek said. "Give credit to them. They hung around and made plays the first time, but we came out fast."
In the teams' second meeting of the season, GVSU handled No. 13 Hillsdale easily.
The Lakers (11-1) scored 27 second-quarter points to lead 37-0 at halftime.
"We were pretty disgusted (after the first meeting) that we had 24 points against a defense we felt like we could have manhandled," Martin said. "On offense, we felt good coming in that if we just handled our business, that we should have a big day. We didn't think they could stop us."Have a nice trip!