Cardinals Douse Bulldog’s Offense on Homecoming

Paltry first half leads to a fourth quarter scramble that ended in defeat

by Published: Oct 6, 2013

After hand­ing Ferris State their first con­fer­ence loss of the sea­son, the Saginaw Valley State Cardinals have taken con­trol of the GLIAC.

Ferris State (3−2) strug­gled scor­ing early, and failed to stop Saginaw Valley’s (4−1) high-octane offen­sive attack on their way to a 31–28 home­com­ing loss at the hands of the Cardinals.

“We made some mis­takes, we were so dis­cour­aged by the way we started,” Head Coach Tony Annese said. “At some point in time, chas­ing with that kind of deficit, the clock becomes the big enemy. All in all, we ran out of time.”

SVSU dom­i­nated the first half, putting the Bulldogs in a 10–0 hole in the first quar­ter on a field goal by Cardinal place kicker Scott Stanford which was fol­lowed by a one-yard touch­down run by senior quar­ter­back Jonathan Jennings. Ferris was not able to put any points on the board in the first quarter.

The Cardinals scored early in the sec­ond quar­ter on a 42-yard fum­ble recov­ery returned for a touch­down by Saginaw Valley defen­sive back, Major Metcalf. The fum­ble was caused by a strip-sack by SVSU defen­sive end Will Schwarz, which put the game at 17–0 in favor of the Cardinals.
Saginaw Valley would score one more time in the first half on a one-yard goal line punch by Cardinal run­ning back. Mark Mays.

Finding them­selves in a 24–0 hole, Ferris State was able to score their first points of the game late in the sec­ond quar­ter. Redshirt fresh­man run­ning back Kitwana Clark scam­pered in for a four-yard touch­down run, which put the score at 24–7 head­ing into half-time.

The Bulldogs came out of the locker room in the third quar­ter and were able to piece together a 15-play 75-yard scor­ing drive that at over seven min­utes of clock. Ferris capped the drive with a six-yard touch­down con­nec­tion between red­shirt sopho­more quar­ter­back Jason Vander Laan and senior tight end, Jace Heneveld.
The touch­down put Ferris back into con­tention with the score remain­ing at 24–14 for the remain­der of the third quarter.

Saginaw Valley added onto their lead in the fourth quar­ter as Cardinal tight end Andrew Dillon reached the end zone on a seven-yard pass from Jennings. SVSU’s pass­ing mark put the matchup at 31–14, leav­ing Ferris less than ten min­utes to mount a comeback.

Ferris did just that as the Bulldogs scored twice on the arm and legs of Vander Laan. The first score was a six-yard pass to slot receiver Phil Annese. This was fol­lowed by a two-yard touch­down run by the sopho­more quar­ter­back. The scores put Ferris within strik­ing dis­tance in the 31–28 matchup.

With the Bulldogs get­ting one last shot at a tie or win late in the fourth quar­ter, Saginaw Valley cor­ner, DeAngelo Parris, picked off Vander Laan to seal the Cardinal’s victory.

Ferris saw break­out per­for­mance in their con­fer­ence loss from Annese, who had 5 recep­tions for 115 yards and a touch­down, and junior line­backer Darnell Morris, who tal­lied 17 tackles.

The Bulldogs also got solid defen­sive per­for­mances from sopho­more defen­sive end Justin Zimmer and junior line­backer Terrell Porter. The tan­dem paired for 18 tack­les, five of which were tack­les for a loss, and two sacks.

“I think that really we just missed our assign­ments,” sopho­more defen­sive end Justin Zimmer said. “The major thing was they had three big dri­ves against us where we just couldn’t get off the field. We just let up too many big plays, really.”

Ferris State next faces off against rival Grand Valley State at home on Oct. 12th with kick­off at 7 pm.

  • Steve

    That’s a tough loss on home­com­ing. Still a lot of big games to play for the Bulldogs!