D2football.com: Week Five Recaps
We had plenty of excitement in the first weekend of divisional play, including several overtime finishes. As we prep for "Rivalry Week", most of the clubs that were expected to be competitive have been looking the part. Can they keep things going as their schedule's continue to stiffen? Let's see how they faired on Saturday:
Findlay 43, Notre Dame 42 - 2OT
Hey...there's that Notre Dame team that we all know and love, playing in a high-scoring track meet! After two straight week's of clunkers the Falcons gave the Oilers all they could handle, including putting together an 80-yard drive to tie the game with less than a minute to go. Unfortunately for NDC, a missed FG and a missed PAT in overtime ended up costing them a victory as Findlay held on to run their record to 3-1. Monterae Williams led the Oiler attack by racking up 121 yards and two scores on the ground, and Brandon Butler tallied 21 tackles to pace the UF defense. Pedro Powell had 162 yards and three scores rushing for Notre Dame in the losing cause.
Wayne State 21, Northwood 11
The Warriors took another step forward this week after looking sluggish in their first two contests, as Toney Davis pounded the Northwood defense 29 times for 159 yards and two TD's. The Woodies had their chances, as a couple of first half drives went deep into WSU territory only to come up empty. Once WSU took advantage and got the lead up to 21-3, NU was forced to start throwing it and that simply isn't their strength. Beyond that, the Wayne defense was solid as they held Northwood to less than four yards per carry, including clamping down on NU QB Aaron Shavers (25 carries, 28 yards).
Malone 33, Tiffin 27 - 2OT
Tiffin put together a furious comeback, scoring 10 points in the last three minutes of regulation to send this one into extra frames. The Dragon magic ended there, however, as Malone found pay-dirt in the second extra session to earn their first GLIAC win. Malik Felton scored the winning TD for the Pioneers, his second on the day to go along with 130 yards rushing. Malone QB Truman Franklin tossed two TD passes after stepping in for starter Will Szpor.
Hillsdale 44, Northern Michigan 6
I mentioned that the Chargers would likely send the staff home early in this one, and that's exactly what happened as Hillsdale handled their business for the fourth straight week. Nine different receivers made grabs for Hillsdale, as three different QB's saw playing time. Starter Anthony Mifsud threw two TD tosses in his limited time, both of which came from long distance (38 and 75 yards). Joe Glendening was also his typical self with 106 yards and three TD's on the ground, and the Charger defense chipped-in by picking off Ryan Morley four times. Prince Young had 116 yards for the Wildcats in the loss.
Grand Valley 51, Michigan Tech 43
For about 40 minutes, Grand Valley looked like the team that LakerNation typically expects. They were up 51-14, and were consistently torching the GLIAC's best defense. More importantly, the GV defense completely shut down the Husky power running attack. The Tech passing game finally caught fire from there, however, and the Huskies managed to post four straight TD's to close the gap to a single possession. The Laker O finished it out from there, but the GV staff has to be concerned with another game that saw their club hold a big lead late only to watch it disappear. Concern aside, they are undoubtedly happy about their offense continuing to perform at a high level despite an improbably rash of injuries. Isiah Grimes threw for 411 yards and four TD's in his second collegiate start, and Kirk Spencer cashed in his first career start at RB with 136 yards and a score on the ground. Charles Johnson was once again Charles Johnson with seven catches for 165 yards and three TD's. While the Huskies only managed 34 rushing yards on the game, Tyler Scarlett was hot via the air in the second half connecting for 441 yards and five TD's, including four to Matt Curtin (11 rec, 190 yds).
Ashland 68, Lake Erie 21
Ashland QB Taylor Housewright (19-30, 305 yds) made it three straight contests with four TD passes, and Jordan McCune added 102 yards and two TD's on only ten carries as the Eagles cruised. Lake Erie tried to exchange punches early, but had two first half turnovers that set-up Ashland TD drives of 20 yards or less. You can't do that against anyone, let alone a quality team and expect to get away with it...The Storm didn't. Anthony Capasso was Housewright's favorite target on the evening hauling in six grabs for 93 yards and two TD's. Anthony Bilal notched 103 yards and two TD's rushing for Lake Erie.
Ohio Dominican 24, Walsh 13
Despite racking up 537 yards of offense, ODU couldn't put Walsh away until the fourth quarter. Turning the ball over will do that to you, and the Panthers gave it up three times. Other than that they dominated, possessing the ball for more than 35 minutes thanks to 297 yards on the ground. After his eye-popping performance a week ago at Grand Valley, Brandon Shoen followed-up with another big day registering 139 yards and a TD. The Panther passing game offered nice balance as well, with QB Mark Miller (18-21, 240 yds, TD, INT) and Abe Johnson (7 rec, 128 yds) having nice days. On the whole, the Walsh offense just couldn't get any rhythm or cash in on the ODU mistakes. One bright spot was the passing offense took a big step forward. Both scores (71 and 40 yds) came via the air, and WR Anthony Schrock had a great day with seven grabs for 187 yards and a TD.
Saginaw Valley 31, Ferris State 24 - OT
Just above, I talked about how turnovers could have cost Ohio Dominican dearly. In this one, they did Ferris in. The Bulldogs suffered through four giveaways, including one that set-up a game-tying TD for Saginaw Valley late in regulation. So, instead of earning a win in Saginaw after running all over (literally...FSU had 439 yards rushing) the Cards, the Bulldogs head West on M-20 thinking about "what could have been". Ferris QB Jason VanderLaan didn't do much via the air...and he didn't need to as he lugged it 32 times for 254 yards and two TD's on the ground. Give credit also to the FSU defense, which after being torched multiple times this year held the league's best passing offense relatively in check (SV had 255 passing yards). Tim Hogue led the Cardinal offense with 86 yards and a TD on the ground, and seven catches for 75 yards and two more TD's via the air. While SV managed to snag the win on Homecoming, that's two straight home games where they have allowed more than 500 yards of offense. That lack of defense has already cost them once this year, and you have to wonder how many more times Saginaw Valley (and Grand Valley, for that matter) can get away with giving up so much production to opposing offenses.