Quarterback Avery Moore looks for a gap in the offensive line during the Ferris State game on October 14.

No. 2 Grand Valley, No. 5 Pittsburg State meet in Division II playoffs

Grand Valley’s quest for a Division II football national championship cleared a major hurdle last Saturday. Now, it’s on to the Lakers’ next opponent in the playoffs. 

The No. 2 Lakers, who earned the No. 2 seed in Super Region Three, knocked off rival and two-time defending champion Ferris State, 21-14, in another thrilling matchup on November 18. 

The Lakers (10-1) advance to the regional semifinals and will host Pittsburg State, the region’s No. 3 seed, at 1 p.m. on November 25 at Lubbers Stadium.

No. 5 Pittsburg State (11-1) beat Indianapolis, 35-14, to advance in the regional bracket. The Gorillas were the co-champions of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association this season, sharing the title with Central Missouri, the No. 4 seed in the region.

The Lakers will see another strong defensive effort on Saturday. The Gorillas placed five players on the All-MIAA First Team: defensive lineman Dubem Okonkwo, linebackers Jack Barkley and Alex Gaskill, safety Michael Lacey and cornerback Rico Payton.

Tickets and parking passes for Saturday’s game are available on the Ticket Office webpage .

Fans can purchase online access to the game’s stream on NCAA.com via Hudl for $9.95 per game or $19.95 for all Division II games through the quarterfinals. 

Laker fans can also watch the game on Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV and Google TV devices by downloading the NCAA Championships Pass app.  

Fans can listen to radio broadcasts of the game on WLAV-FM 96.9 ( wlav.com ), WJRW-FM 106.1/WJRW-AM 1340 and WLCS-FM 98.3.

A Spanish-language broadcast of the game is also available on La Poderosa 93.3 FM and 810 AM in Grand Rapids and 103.1 FM and 1080 AM in the Midland and Lansing areas.


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