No. 2 Grand Valley concludes its regular season with an opportunity to claim a conference championship.
The Lakers (8-1, 5-0 in GLIAC) meet crosstown rivals Davenport at 1 p.m. on November 11 at Lubbers Stadium. A win over the Panthers secures the GLIAC championship outright for the Lakers, giving them back-to-back conference titles.
A win over No. 23 Davenport (8-1, 4-1 in GLIAC) would also likely preserve the Lakers a top-two seeding in their region for the NCAA Division II playoffs, which begin November 18. Currently, Grand Valley is ranked No. 2 in Super Region Three.
A Grand Valley loss coupled with a Ferris State (7-2, 4-1 in GLIAC) win over Wayne State would create a three-way tie for the GLIAC championship between the Lakers, Bulldogs and Panthers.
The Lakers’ offense continues to rank among the nation’s best coming into the Davenport game. Grand Valley ranks first nationally in scoring offense, averaging 53.3 points per game, and third nationally in total offense, averaging 496.7 yards per game.
But, the Lakers will face one of its toughest defensive challenges this season as Davenport is among the nation’s leaders in total defense (No. 20), surrendering 276.2 yards per game.
The Panthers are led by Jason Whittaker, the GLIAC’s top passing quarterback at 201.3 yards per game, and running back Myren Harris, the conference’s top rusher at 105.3 yards per game.
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.