The No. 7 Grand Valley football team begins the GLIAC portion of its schedule on September 30, traveling to Saginaw Valley State University and looking to extend its 10-game winning streak over the Cardinals.
While the Lakers enter the game fresh off their bye week, Saginaw Valley has lost its last two games to Truman State University and the University of Indianapolis. Against Grand Valley, the Cardinals have just three wins since 2002, with the last coming in 2012.
Since its season-opening defeat to Colorado School of Mines, Grand Valley has rolled up a pair of victories at Lubbers Stadium to improve to 2-1 for the season. The Lakers beat Colorado State-Pueblo in a thrilling, double-overtime victory on September 9 followed by a decisive win over Assumption University on September 16.
Grand Valley’s offense has been humming through its first three games, averaging 460 yards of total offense, ranking it No. 13 in Division II. The Lakers’s 42.7 points per game puts them at No. 11 in Division II.
Quarterback Cade Peterson is the Lakers’ leading rusher and passer through the early portion of the season, running for 185 yards and throwing for 687 yards. Peterson was selected as the GLIAC’s Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against Assumption.
Defensively, Grand Valley is led by defensive lineman Christian McCarroll, who was named the GLIAC Defensive Player of the Week for his game against Assumption, and linebacker Abe Swanson, who has 19 tackles, good for second on the team behind McCarroll’s 21.
Spanish-speaking fans can listen to games 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.