Jake Riepma

Another Strong Showing for the GLIAC in Week 2

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If you read my week two preview, I understand if you want me fired for some of those picks. I should be fired.

Believe me, I gave myself a stern talking to over the weekend and ran some wind sprints as punishment.

With that said, I did correctly predict six out of the nine games. Cool, Jake! Want a cookie?!

But when I was wrong, I was way wrong! So let’s start where I failed miserably.

My lock of the week consisted of my Northwood Timberwolves at home against Missouri S&T. The Timberwolves laid an egg at home, and suffered their second defeat of the season. I picked with my heart, and my BIG J professors are probably disowning me for committing such a little J crime. One of my professors last words to me were, “Don’t embarrass me…” I’m sure she’s embarrassed of me right now. Northwood stumbles to 0-2, and has an uphill battle moving forward with the meat of their schedule approaching in the coming weeks.

Wayne State hit the road to take on a talented Indianapolis team who was looking to bounce back after losing to GVSU. They did, big time. I optimistically took the road Warriors, but from the opening kick, they didn’t stand a chance, falling handedly 28-6. Wayne State falls to 1-1.

Now for the squad I owe an apology to – Northern Michigan. After losing to McKendree week one, I thought there was no shot in Upperville they’d respond with a win at home over UT Permian Basin. They did. Reigning GLIAC Offensive Back of the Year, Jake Mayon ran all over the Falcons for 224 yards and a touchdown on 35 carries, and the Wildcats claimed the 27-22 win. I’ve been wrong many times before with this serving as the latest example. Let’s see if this will spark Coach Nystrom’s squad as they welcome Grand Valley State to the friendly confines of the Superior Dome next week.

Make way for the victors from week two as it was yet another solid showing from arguably the toughest conference in the nation.

Ferris State and Grand Valley State looked like world beaters. The Bulldogs overwhelmed former GLIAC foe Findlay with a 59-13 routing of the Oilers. A game that saw FSU storm out of the gates to open up a 31-0 lead behind a dominating offensive performance led by quarterback Jayru Campbell, who compiled over 300 yards of total offense and accounted for five touchdowns, earning GLIAC Offensive Player of the week. Congrats, Jayru. FSU jumps up three slots to #6 in this week's American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division II National Rankings, and after averaging a nationally second-best 597 yards per game this year and boasting the nation’s third best scoring offense, (54.0 ppg) I think it’s only a matter of time before they’re a top 5 program and possibly number one or two in the country. As for GVSU, an impressive 21-10 road win over Delta State has the Lakers in the top 5 of the AFCA Division II National Rankings at #5 in the country. GVSU’s defense was stout, and the fact that they forced three turnovers on special teams against Delta State shows they can beat you in all three phases. Senior defensive end Dylan Carroll recorded a career high 13 total tackles (8 solo/5 assisted) and added a team-high three tackles for loss including a QB sack to take home GLIAC Defensive Player of the Week honors, Congrats, Dylan. I know we haven’t started GLIAC play yet, but Grand Valley State and Ferris State have made it difficult to think of this season as anything other than a two horse race.

**Lee Corso voice** NOT SO FAST!

Davenport may have something to say about that, they’re 2-0 as well.

Hopefully you didn’t spit your drink out at that absurd statement because I’m only kidding.

Yes, Davenport is 2-0, but the Panthers’ 7-3 win over Division III Wisconsin-Oshkosh won’t do much in preparing them for GLIAC play this coming week. Enjoy it while it lasts, a rude awakening awaits on Saturday when Davenport lines up against Michigan Tech… in Houghton. Good luck.

The Saginaw Valley State Cardinals improved to 2-0 in convincing fashion with a 41-10 lashing of the Cavaliers on the road at Walsh. I’m intrigued as SVSU has been mighty impressive in the first two weeks, but questions remain about the level of competition they’ve played. We’ll know a lot more soon, but for now, kudos to the Cards for the strong start.

Michigan Tech snuck out an overtime victory 31-30 over former GLIAC member and current GMAC member, Hillsdale College. The game ended with a missed PAT by the Chargers. Ouch. Coach Otterbein, if you’re reading this, I still have a year of eligibility and can be your extra point kicker. I couldn’t do any worse, right? MTU is also now 2-0, and for a team that was picked to finish in the bottom portion of the league, Steve Olson and company have to feel good about what’s brewing up north, especially considering the favorable matchup week three at home against Davenport. Lookout for the Huskies!

Last but certainly not least, the lone GLIAC squad that fell to an ex-GLIAC member. Despite jumping out to a two touchdown lead after the first quarter, Ashland came up just short yet again against a nationally ranked opponent Ohio Dominican, losing 24-17 to the Panthers. Ashland now stands at 0-2, and as correctly predicted by me (lucky guess), the Eagles are now out of the AFCA Division II Top 25. Ashland will respond in conference play, they’re too good not to. I wouldn’t want to have them on my schedule in the near future.

Thanks for reading. It was painful at times to write, but I appreciate everyone trucking through.

We’ll look ahead to week three on the GLIAC slate later this week.

Farewell until then.

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