Football thumps Tiffin 71-10

Cody Eding

Tiffin, Ohio – For the second straight week, the No. 1-ranked Grand Valley State University football team proved its might through a blowout.

Ten different players scored touchdowns for the Lakers in a 71-10 thumping of Tiffin University Saturday afternoon in front of a sparse crowd of 335 at Frost-Kalnow Stadium.

The game was never in doubt as GVSU took a 28-3 lead at the end of the first quarter. Backups for both the offense and defense began to enter the game in the second quarter.

“Obviously, 71-10, there’s got to be somethings that happened well,” said GVSU head coach Matt Mitchell.

GVSU totaled 610 yards of offense. Redshirt freshman reserve quarterback Heath Parling completed 7-of-9 passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns in nearly a full three quarters of work. Running back Billy Seiler, another redshirt freshman backup, rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown on only four carries. As a team, the Lakers averaged 13.2 yards rushing yards per carry, an all-time record.

“Offense didn’t punt once, we never put or trotted our punt team out there,” Mitchell said. “So, I felt like our offensive execution was good. We ran the ball really well at times – both the first and second groups. And then, we took advantage of some man coverage. Our quarterbacks threw the ball and our receivers were in good position.”

Parling complimented the play of everyone around him.

“I got a lot of help from my teammates – receivers, running backs and (offensive line) included, really,” he said. “So, I mean the guys around me are making plays. That makes it that much easier for me.”

Tiffin mustered only three points against GVSU’s starting defense, but the Lakers’ defense allowed the Dragons deep into their own territory several times before stiffening. The Dragons averaged only 4.4 yards per play on offense.

“I think overall, when I go back and look at the tape, I’m probably going to be disappointed with the overall play of the secondary,” Mitchell said. “It’s not like they didn’t bust anything, I just think when we had chances to make tackles or chances to make a play on the ball, we didn’t make those plays.”

Also scoring touchdowns for the Lakers were: senior wide receiver Ryan Bass, sophomore running back Norman Shuford, senior running back Justin Sherrod, junior wide receiver Greg Gay, Parling, redshirt freshman defensive lineman Hunter Charneski, senior wide receiver Cameron Bradford, and redshirt freshman Michael Ratay.

The game was the first time the Lakers scored 70 points since beating Wayne State University 77-12 in 2001. GVSU’s largest victory in history was a 91-0 shutout of Valparaiso University in 1989.


1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
GVSU 28 6 21 16 – 71
TU 3 0 7 0 – 10

First Quarter
13:55 GVSU – Ryan Bass 9 yd pass from Kyle McMahon (Jay Jandasek kick)
11:06 TU – Mike Rutkowski 30 yd field goal
8:09 GVSU – Norman Shuford 18 yd run (Jandasek kick)
3:40 GVSU – Justin Sherrod 1 yd run (Jandasek kick)
0:25 GVSU – Greg Gay 23 yd pass from McMahon (Jandasek kick)
Second Quarter
7:35 GVSU – Heath Parling 3 yd run (Jandasek kick blocked)
Third Quarter
12:57 GVSU – Andrew Lorman 11 yd pass from Parling (Jandasek kick)
12:01 GVSU – Hunter Chareski 29 yd fumble recovery (Jandasek kick)
6:52 TU – David Singleton 21 yd pass from Nate Scully (Rutkowski kick)
6:31 GVSU – Cameron Bradford 1 yd pass from Parling (Jandasek kick)
Fourth Quarter
14:17 GVSU – Jandasek 26 yd field goal
10:42 GVSU – Billy Seiler 58 yd run (Jandasek kick)
5:22 GVSU – Michael Ratay 9 yd run (Jandasek kick blocked)