Ferris Downs Defending GLIAC Champion Ashland

Richard Mead-Ferris State Torch

The Bulldogs advance to 2–0 in the GLIAC fol­low­ing a solid per­for­mance against defend­ing con­fer­ence cham­pion Ashland.

Ferris State (2−1) defeated the Ashland Eagles (0−3) 34–7 on the road to pick up their sec­ond con­sec­u­tive win. Ferris is also now in a four-way tie for the lead in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) stand­ings. Ashland, last year’s GLIAC cham­pion with an 11–1 record, now moves to 0–3 after being put away by the Bulldogs.

“It was a great win for us,” Ferris senior run­ning back Korey Ringer said. “It was the first time since I have been at Ferris where we con­trolled the whole game from begin­ning to end. It was a huge victory.”

Ferris had no trou­ble putting points on the board as the Bulldogs scored on their open­ing drive to put Ashland in an early deficit. Ferris sopho­more quar­ter­back Jason Vander Laan put the first points up on a 12-yard touch­down run to cap off an eight play, 71 yard march. The score was 7–0 for the entirety of the first quar­ter, where Ferris’ defense allowed only 17 yards.

The sec­ond quar­ter read the same as the Bulldogs scored three more unan­swered touch­downs, putting the Eagles in a 27–0 hole going into half­time. These tal­lies came on two scor­ing runs from Ferris junior receiver Jake Lampman and senior tail­back Korey Ringer. The third and final touch­down of the first half was a 20 yard pick-six by Ferris sopho­more line­backer Justin Zimmer.

The next points would not come until the fourth quar­ter as Ashland fresh­man signal-caller Tra’Von Chapman ran in from 15 yards to end Ashland’s 12 play, 74-yard scor­ing drive. The touch­down and ensu­ing extra-point were the Eagles’ only points of the game.

The Bulldogs answered right back on the next pos­ses­sion, as Vander Laan again bull­dozed his way into the end zone for a two-yard touch­down. This score was the final of the game as Ferris’ defense con­tin­ued to shut down all three Ashland quar­ter­backs that played, lead­ing to a 34–7 vic­tory for the Bulldogs, and a 2–0 start in con­fer­ence play.

In the end, Ferris racked up 500 total offen­sive yards to Ashland’s 269, with 300 yards on the ground and 200 through the air. Vander Laan led the scor­ing attack with 174 pass­ing yards and 53 rush­ing with two rush­ing touch­downs and two inter­cep­tions. Ferris junior receiver Dontae Ingraham led the team with 127 all-purpose yards, which included a 44-yard recep­tion; the longest play for Ferris.

Defensively, Zimmer had a career-high day with eight tack­les, 2.5 sacks and the afore­men­tioned inter­cep­tion for a touch­down. Ferris junior cor­ner A.J. McEwan also had an inter­cep­tion, bring­ing his sea­son total to three; a team high. Ferris senior safety Marvin Robinson once again led the team in tack­les with nine.

“It was our best game as a team that I have ever seen,” Lampman said. “We went in there with the mind­set that in order to be cham­pi­ons you have to knock off the champ, and we were full of energy and we just showed every­one that we are one of the best teams in the nation.”

Ferris will next travel to Walsh University to face the Cavaliers Saturday, Sept. 28, at legendary Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m.

View original article at-http://www.fsutorch.com/2013/09/22/sports/ferris-downs-defending-gliac-champion-ashland/

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