First Quarter Outburst Lifts No. 2 Ferris State Over Walsh

First Quarter Outburst Lifts No. 2 Ferris State Over Walsh

(BIG RAPIDS, Mich.) – Any hopes of playing the role of spoiler ended early for Walsh as No. 2 Ferris State jumped out to a 28-0 lead en route to a 38-7 win Saturday afternoon. The Cavaliers end their season 2-8 overall and in the conference while the Bulldogs clinched a GLIAC championships for the second-straight year at 10-0.

After intercepting Walsh on just the third play from scrimmage to start the game, Ferris State's Jason Vander Laan found Jahaan Brown for a 25-yard touchdown pass on the next play for the quick lead 1:34 into the game.

Vander Laan, the 2014 Harlon Hill Award winner as Division II's top player, was just getting started as he threw for touchdown passes of 4- and 5-yards out before he ran for a 27-yard touchdown all before the end of the first quarter.

The Bulldogs built upon their lead in the second quarter with a 51-yard pass from Vander Laan to Jamel Locket and a 30-yard field goal as time expired to end the half.

Walsh's lone score came on a big play as Kalvin Gordon rushed to the right side for a 43-yard run at the 7:49 mark of the third quarter. Michael Dudics kicked the PAT to make the score 38-7.

The Cavaliers defense held Ferris State scoreless the rest of the way, but the Bulldogs returned the favor as Gordon's run was the only score of the second half. He finished with 57 yards on 11 carries.

Defensively Walsh was led by Trevor Smith who had one of his best games of the season with 14 tackles and a forced fumble. That fumble occurred in the second quarter and was recovered by O'Shea Heard inside the five yard line to prevent another Bulldogs score.

Walsh's season now ends while the Bulldogs should secure the No. 1 seed in the region and likely see a bye next weekend.