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Football Loses To #3 Grand Valley State 52-7

Christian Martinez
Christian Martinez

OVERVIEW

SCORE: 
#3 Grand Valley State Lakers 52, Northwood Timberwolves 7
RECORDS: Northwood (0-5, 0-3 GLIAC), Grand Valley State (5-0, 3-0 GLIAC)
LOCATION: Hantz Stadium - Midland, Mich.
RECAP: Northwood drops a 52-7 contest to No. 3 Grand Valley State Saturday afternoon (September 29).

INSIDE THE GAME

  • Grand Valley State wasted little time on their first drive. Racking up four consecutive first downs, a three-yard rushing touchdown capped the Lakers' five-play drive and gave them a 7-0 lead nearly seven minutes into the game.
  • Receiving promising field position at the Northwood 50-yard line on their second drive, GVSU took 47 seconds to rack up their second TD of the day. A 48-yard passing play brought the visitors down to the two-yard line, setting up another score to make it 14-0 with 5:52 left in the first.
  • The Lakers relied on the big play again on their fourth drive early in the second. A 43-yard completion set up an ensuing 23-yard pass that found the end zone again, extending Grand Valley's lead to 21-0 5:34 into the second.
  • Looking to go into the half with a bigger spread, GVSU went back to work later in the second. On a drive highlighted by a 44-yard pass that brought them deep into Northwood territory, the Lakers capped their journey with a 15-yard toss that would give them a 28-0 lead with just over four minutes to play in the half.
  • The Timberwolves were able to get on the board before the end of the half on a miracle touchdown. Driving 73 yards down the field in 3:53, with four seconds left quarterback Christian Martinez rolled to his right and fired a pass that was deflected on its way to the end zone before landing in the hands of Roq Williams for a 39-yard touchdown. This made it 28-7 and gave Northwood some momentum going into the half.
  • GVSU grabbed the momentum back with authority in the third. Taking 5:50 off the clock in a 12-play, 90-yard drive, Grand Valley converted on a 4th-and-Goal opportunity from the one-yard line, extending the lead to 35-7.
  • The Lakers defense kept Northwood off the board the rest of the way and put up 17 more points to close out the victory.    

GAME STATS

  • FIRST DOWNS: Grand Valley State 19, Northwood 15
  • RUSHES-YARDS: Grand Valley State 26-143, Northwood 51-145
  • PASSING YARDS: Grand Valley State 341, Northwood 106
  • TOTAL OFFENSE, PLAYS-YARDS: Grand Valley State 50-484, Northwood 68-251
  • TIME OF POSSESSION: Grand Valley State 22:58, Northwood 37:02

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

GAME NOTES

  • Roq Williams's catch was his second career reception and first career touchdown.

UP NEXT

  • The Timberwolves will travel to Northern Michigan on Saturday (October 6) for a GLIAC matchup against the Wildcats. Game time is set for 1 p.m.