Ferris Grabs Seventh Win With 42–10 Romp of Northwood

Vander Laan and company rush past Timberwolves to stay in third in GLIAC

by Published: Nov 10, 2013

Ferris State, led by their fierce ground game, put away Northwood with deci­sive 42–10 road win to remain in top five in con­fer­ence play.

The win came despite Head Coach Tony Annese being absent on the side­line. Annese’s sus­pen­sion for a locker room inci­dent dur­ing half ime of the Michigan Tech game over­lapped the Northwood game. Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Line Coach Rob Zeitman took the reins for the game in Annese’s absence.

Despite get­ting off to a slow start to begin the first quar­ter of play, the Bulldogs started to heat up late as red­shirt fresh­man run­ning back Kitwana Clark struck first with a rush­ing touch­down to kick off the scor­ing for the game. The eight-yard scor­ing run came with around five min­utes left in the first quar­ter to cap off an eight play, 42 yard, scor­ing drive.

Ferris scored again in the first on a 57-yard touch­down con­nec­tion between sopho­more quar­ter­back Jason Vander Laan and sopho­more receiver Antonio Agurs to put the Timberwolves in a 14–0 hole to end the first.

Northwood later scored in the sec­ond quar­ter from a three-yard touch­down pass from Timberwolves quar­ter­back Mitch Robinson and receiver Eric Williams; but not before Vander Laan ran in a nine-yard red-zone touch­down of his own. The score read 21–7 mid­way through the sec­ond quarter.

The Bulldogs started to pile it on fol­low­ing Northwood’s scor­ing drive, as Ferris accounted for the next two scores in the matchup. The first com­ing late in the sec­ond quar­ter as Vander Laan punched in another goal line touch­down to put the game at 28–7 prior to halftime.

The sec­ond being early in the third quar­ter as junior receiver Jake Lampman caught a six-yard touch­down pass from Vander Laan. It would be Ferris’ only score of the third quarter.

After a 22-yard field goal from Northwood kicker Keegan Haggerty, Bulldog fresh­man receiver Dewayne Boston grabbed a 31-yard touch­down pass from Vander Laan to end the scor­ing for the game mid­way through the fourth quar­ter as Ferris’ defense shut down the Timberwolves for the remain­ing ten minutes.

The Bulldogs left Hants Stadium with their sev­enth win of the sea­son and remained in third place in their conference.

Both facets of Ferris States offen­sive attack were led by Vander Laan, who fin­ished with 157 pass­ing yards and three pass­ing touch­downs. Vander Laan also rushed for 194 yards and two touch­downs. Agurs also had a solid game with 99 all-purpose yards and a receiv­ing score.

The Bulldogs defense was dom­i­nant through­out the game, only allow­ing 244 total yards one touch­down the entire game to the Timberwolves. The defense was headed up by senior safety, Marvin Robinson, and junior line­backer, Darnell Morris, as they com­bined for six­teen tack­les. Morris also had 2.5 tack­les for loss and junior defen­sive end, Carlton Johnson, had Ferris’ lone sack for a 17-yard loss.

This game marks the fifth time the Bulldogs have scored over 40 points in a game this sea­son. Ferris fin­ishes out the reg­u­lar sea­son sched­ule at home next week­end as they face Northern Michigan University on Nov. 16 at Top-Taggart Field with kick­off at noon. Annese will be back on the side­line for the game as his sus­pen­sion ends on Nov. 14.