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Warriors drop final home game Losing streak reaches five games COURTESY WSU ATHLETICS

FUAD SHALHOUT The South End Playing its final home game of the year, the Warriors football team had an array of things go wrong for them in a 34-20 loss to Grand Valley State, Nov. 9. It was WSU’s fifth consecutive loss of the season to drop its record to 3-7 (3-6 GLIAC). GVSU wasted no time scoring on the game’s first drive when quarterback Heath Parling connected with wide receiver Jamie Potts for a 19-yard touchdown pass. On the Lakers’ next drive, Parling hit wide receiver Brandon Green on a screen pass for an 82-yard touchdown that put GVSU up 14-0 in a blink of an eye. However, on the ensuing kickoff, WSU responded with an 85-yard kickoff return touchdown by Val Showers to get the Warriors on the board and the ninth largest crowd ever at Tom Adams Field (4,429) pumped up. It was the first kickoff return for a touchdown by a Warrior since Josh Renel went 93 yards with the opening kickoff in the 2011 national championship game. Trailing 17-7 towards the end of the

first half, WSU drove the ball 46 yards hoping to cut into the deficit. But they received a devastating blow when a 41-yard field goal attempt was blocked with Laker Jordan Kaufman returning it 56 yards for a touchdown with just 1:11 left before halftime. The Warriors would trail 24-7 at the break. After re-grouping, WSU would respond on the opening possession of the second half driving 66 yards for a touchdown. Quarterback Doug Griffin completed a sweep pass to wide receiver Michael Johnson for an 18-yard score to inch closer, 24-14. But as was the case all day long, GVSU always had an answer. On the next possession, the Lakers engineered an 11-play, 82-yard drive with Ben Hutchins scoring on a 7-yard run. GVSU converted two crucial third-andlong plays during the possession. On the Warriors’ next two possessions, they would have a blocked punt attempt and then a fumble following a 41-yard run by Griffin which the Lakers recovered. GVSU would kick a field goal to further distance themselves and put the game in doubt. “That one fumble really killed that drive we had,” Griffin said. “All around, we just didn’t get it done today.”


The Warriors would score a touchdown with 2:13 left thanks to a Toney Davis TD run to make the score respectable, but WSU failed on the twopoint conversion. As a senior, Davis played in his final home game of his career. “We came in here together (the seniors) and we’re going to leave here together,” Davis said. “Win or lose, we’re going to stick together as a family. It’s hard to come in as a group of kids and go through school and football, with so much going on, and when you just stick out your senior year and just play, you just get closer and have a bond.” Davis is fully aware of the five-game losing streak hanging over the Warriors and would love nothing more than to end that streak, and his career, with a win next week at Michigan Tech. “It’d be big to get a win,” he said. “I think our last win was Homecoming and just to finally get a win, just to get that nasty taste out your mouth would be big.” Head coach Paul Winters described the senior class as “winners” and is proud of his guys. “We had an All-American type player in Stefan Terleckyj and Ed Viverette. Guys who have broken records here,

and Toney Davis, guys who have been leaders here with Andrew Matt and Greg Hasse and Chet Privett. Guys that have endured hard times…to finally become a starter, like a Rocky Mikulec. When you become a senior, that’s an honor. These guys come in with 25 guys and there’s 15 left or 20 left. That’s great on our part for keeping that many, but those guys are enduring and fighting through, taking care of their academics and doing the community service we ask them to do and working hard in the weight room and the field. “They do what they have to do and I love em’ to death.”

GAME NOTES: • Parling completed 11-of-24 for 240 yards and two touchdowns for GVSU. • Griffin was 5-of-5 for 23 yards. • Quarterback Sean Guinane completed 8-of-15 for 76 yards, but was also intercepted three times. • Johnson had five catches, 44 yards for WSU.

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