Quick Hits 10/25

Holly Bihlman, Sports Editor

GV Football takes a close 28-24 win at Northern Michigan 

The Grand Valley State University (6-1) football team traveled to Marquette, MI on Saturday, Oct. 23 to play the Northern Michigan University (3-5) Wildcats for their third away game this season.

The Wildcats started the game with a 16-yard field goal halfway through the first quarter until senior cornerback Allante Leapheart forced a fumble that junior deep back Antonio Strong grabbed to regain possession, allowing senior running back Bruce Young-Walls his first of two rushing touchdowns of the game on a nine play, 94-yard drive. This ended the first quarter with a 7-3 lead for the Lakers.

In the second quarter, NMU scored another three points with a 22-yard field goal, making the score 7-6 until Young-Walls was able to score another touchdown on a one yard run. At the last second of the first half, NMU was able to score a touchdown with a two yard pass, leaving the game 14-13 at halftime.

In the third quarter, junior wide receiver Jacob Miller caught a 23-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Cade Peterson for an eight point lead for the Lakers. In the fourth quarter of the game, NMU would score another three points on a 44-yard field goal, bringing the score to 21-16 for just a few minutes before redshirt freshman wide receiver Jaylon Tillman caught a 37-yard pass from Peterson for the Lakers’ final touchdown of the game. NMU returned the favor with a 5-yard pass and touchdown with 1:15 left in the game, bringing the score to 28-24.

The Lakers’ Homecoming game is on Saturday, Oct. 30 at Lubbers Stadium for their second matchup against Michigan Tech University, whom they beat 44-21 earlier in the season.

Two GV hockey players named GLCHL Players of the Week

The Great Lakes Colligate Hockey League named junior center Evan Chomchai and junior wing Shane Haggerty last week’s Players of the Week for their performances against Davenport University on Oct. 17. The two veteran players were able to score a few goals for the Lakers, but they ultimately fell to the Panthers 5-9.

In the first period of the game, DU was able to put two goals past the Laker’s goalie, but GVSU would come back in the second period of the game with an impressive four goals to take the lead 4-3 going into the third. Junior defender Tyler Hoffman scored the first goal, followed by Chomchai, then junior wing Zach Borchardt, and then another from Chomchai in the last few moments of the second period.

The third period concluded with one Laker goal by Haggerty and another six goals from the Panthers, ending in a four-point deficit for the Lakers.

Both Chomchai and Haggerty contributed two assists in the game, allowing for their exceptional performances out on the ice to grant them the GLCHL Player of the Week honors.

The Lakers will take on Calvin University in back-to-back games this week on Oct. 29-30 with the Friday game taking place on home ice at Griff’s Georgetown at 8:00 p. m.