Oct. 10, 2009

Courtesy of Grand Valley State

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Hillsdale, Mich. - Grand Valley State dropped a 27-24 decision at Hillsdale College Saturday afternoon in GLIAC action. The Chargers Billy Kanitz scored on a one-yard run with :36 seconds left and GVSU's Justin Trumble's 49 yard field goal attempt as time expired was wide right. GVSU falls to 6-1 overall and 5-1 in GLIAC action, while Hillsdale improves to 5-2 overall and 4-2 in GLIAC action. Grand Valley State will host Findlay Saturday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. in Lubbers Stadium.

Grand Valley State scored on its opening drive for the sixth time in seven games as senior QB Brad Iciek hit junior WR Mike Koster with an eight yard TD pass. The PAT was wide right and GVSU led 6-0. Following a Hillsdale punt, the Lakers started their second drive on their own one-yard line. Iciek directed a 94-yard, 12-play drive that resulted in a Justin Trumble 21 yard field goal for a 9-0 GVSU lead.

Hillsdale answered with a 79-yard, 8-play drive that QB Troy Weatherhead finished with a five-yard run. Following the PAT GVSU's lead was cut to 9-7. Hillsdale took a 10-9 lead on a 45-yard field goal by Mark Petro to take a 10-9 lead. Following a fumble by the Lakers on the ensuing kickoff, the Chargers Vinnie Panizzi scored on a 10-yard TD run to give Hillsdale a 17-9 lead with under five minutes left in the second quarter.

Blake Smolen returned the kickoff 54 yards and Iciek drove the Lakers 56 yards in eight plays for a TD. James Berezik dove over from the one for a TD to pull the Lakers with two (17-15), but the fake PAT was no good.

Hillsdale took a 20-15 lead following a 27 yard field goal by Petro that concluded a 12-play, 87-yard drive for the Chargers. However, the Lakers answered with a 7-play, 71-yard drive that took 2:44 off the clock. Iciek concluded the drive with a 28 yard TD pass to Smolen. The two-point conversion play failed and the Lakers led 21-20 with 1:49 left in the third quarter. Trumble added a 30 yard field goal to give GVSU a 24-20 lead with 5:27 left in the game.

Iciek was 22-for-29 for 261 yards and two TDs for the Lakers through the air. James Berezik rushed for 93 yards on 13 carries and caught three passes for 28 yards. Smolen caught eight passes for 125 yards and a TD, while rushing nine times for 63 yards. Jake McGuckin led the defense with eight tackles and an interception, while Justin Victor and Zach Breen each tallied six tackles.