Photo by Todd Thoenen
(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) – It was tough for Walsh to gather any momentum as it fell to No. 2 Grand Valley State 38-0 in GLIAC action on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. The Cavaliers fell to 0-4 both overall and in the GLIAC while the Lakers remained unbeaten at 4-0 in the same categories.
It didn't take long for the Lakers to get started as they forced Walsh to a 3-and-out on the first drive before they marched 51 yards on six plays for a quick touchdown 3:32 into the game. From there, Grand Valley added a field goal and another pair of touchdowns to take a 24-0 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The Cavs did have a few of opportunities to put points on the scoreboard. After an interception allowed Walsh to set up shop in Grand Valley territory, a field goal sailed wide right midway through the second quarter. Two other drives deep into the Lakers side of the field ended in turnovers as the Lakers intercepted a pass in the end zone and forced a fumble on the one-yard line.
Walsh passers found 11 different receivers on the afternoon with Garrison France leading the game with seven receptions for 38 yards. Antonio Tate added five for 34 yards. Mitchell Ault received his first start at quarterback and completed 27-of-36 attempts for 195 yards.
Nick King led the defense with eight tackles.
Overall Grand Valley outgained Walsh 404-229
This was the first shutout since the 2012 season for the Cavaliers, their first in the GLIAC.
Walsh hits the road once again next week as it heads to the Upper Peninsula for the second time this season. The Cavs will take on Northern Michigan next Saturday with kickoff slated for 4 p.m.