No. 6 Ferris State rolls No. 19 Findlay 59-13

Ferris State quarterback Jayru Campbell escapes would-be tacklers during Saturday’s game. (Pioneer photo/Maxwell Harden)

BIG RAPIDS — Saturday’s week two matchup between No. 6 Ferris State and No. 19 Findlay was billed as one of the biggest Division II games in the nation.

The Bulldogs made sure there was no question which team was superior following a 59-13 victory at Top Taggart Stadium.

“It was a complete victory,” head coach Tony Annese said. “It was probably as complete of a victory as I’ve had during my seven years, here. Findlay is a legit team.”

The Bulldogs jumped on the early. After recovering a fumbled punt return, quarterback Jayru Campbell found receiver Keyondre Craig for an 18-yard touchdown strike to put Ferris up 7-0. Later in the first quarter, Jayru kept the ball and plunged into the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown to cap a 10-play, 84-yard touchdown drive to give the Bulldogs a 14-0 lead.

A Jackson Dieterle field goal and a 3-yard Jayru Campbell touchdown pass to Derrick Portis gave the Bulldogs a 24-0 halftime lead.

The Bulldogs kept the foot on the gas in the second half, with Jayru and Marvin Campbell each scoring touchdown runs and Sy Barnett catching a 74-yard touchdown bomb from Campbell. The Oilers would finally get on the board with a Richard Wilson touchdown run, but the Bulldogs led 45-6 after three quarters.

Backup quarterbacks Travis Russell and Evan Cummins both saw playing time in the fourth quarter and both of them found the end zone. Russell connected with Miles Jones on a 13-yard touchdown pass and Cummins scored on an 8-yard keeper.

Jayru Campbell completed 14 of 21 passes for 242 yards and three touchdowns and carried 14 for 96 yards and two scores.

“It all starts with the offensive line,” Campbell said. “The holes were open and all five of them did an amazing job. We all played great as individuals and came together as a team.”

“Jayru is a stocky body and hard guy to stop for no gain,” Annese said. “He’s a guy that can find open spaces and do very well.”

Barnett had three catches for 121 yards and one touchdown and Craig had four catches for 56 yards and one touchdown. Marvin Campbell finished with 10 carries for 57 yards and one touchdown.

The young Bulldog defense performed well against an Oilers offense that put up 69 points in their season-opener by holding them to 340 total yards. Findlay quarterback Rhys Gervais completed 13 of 26 passes for 99 yards. Backup quarterback Adam Bertke was 3 of 4 for 34 yards and a touchdown pass. Demondre Blanks led the Oilers with 62 yards rushing.

Cyntell Williams led the Bulldogs with 10 tackles and Adrian Green and Austin Edwards added seven, apiece. Williams had a big fourth down tackle at the end of the first half to keep the Oilers out of the end zone.

“I’m still pretty young, but I still try to lead by example,” Williams said. “That’s my approach to being a leader.”

“Cyntell has done very well for us,” Annese said. “I have a lot of confidence in him. He’s a great athlete and has the capacity to be a shutdown guy.”

Ferris State (2-0) will travel to face Northwood at 1 p.m. Saturday in Midland.

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