Ferris football beats Davenport 41-17 to clinch GLIAC title

Slot receiver Jevon Shaw (13) evades a would-be tackler on his way to towards positive yardage. (Pioneer photo/Maxwell Harden)

BIG RAPIDS — Conference titles are becoming the norm for head coach Tony Annese and his Ferris Ferris State football team.

The Bulldogs jumped out to a 34-3 halftime lead and cruised to a 41-17 Senior Day victory over Davenport University to earn its third GLIAC championship in five seasons Saturday at Top Taggart Field.

“It’s been huge,” head coach Tony Annese said. “Winning the GLIAC is goal Number one for everyone. It’s hard to do. We did it in ‘14 and ‘15 and did it again today. We’re proud of that.”

Quarterback Jayru Campbell continued his stellar play by completing10 of 17 passes for 142 yards and two touchdown passes while rushing for 150 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. Marvin Campbell tallied eight carries for 46 yards and a third-quarter touchdown run and Sy Barnett added three catches for 77 yards and one touchdown.

Senior wide receiver Keyondre Craig had the catch of the game on a 14-yard touchdown grab from Campbell.

It was a great play all around,” Craig said. “Their defense was in great position. Jayru made an unbelievable throw and I was able to bring it in”

The Panthers couldn’t stop the Bulldogs’ quick strike offense. Ferris had five scoring drives in the first half with all of them taking less than five minutes.

Their first two scoring drives took less than one minute.

“We were hoping to have a fast start,” Annese said. “I felt like Davenport was a dangerous team. We needed to get off to a fast start and be at our best early in the game and I thought we were.”

Ferris had 395 yards of offense, with 251 rushing yards and 144 passing yards. The Panthers (6-4, 3-4) finished with 319 total yards of offense, most of which came when the game was already decided.

Starting quarterback Haiden Majewski completed 9 of 21 passes for 79 yards and was replaced by Blake Daniels in the in the fourth quarter. Daniels completed 7 of 22 passes for 165 yards, two touchdown pass, and one interception.

Michael Catching led the team with 37 rushing yards on eight carries. Nate Couturier had five catches for 75 yards and Keion Powers caught three passes for 77 yards and one touchdown, while Gourney Sloan added a touchdown catch.

Omari McAuley led the Ferris State defense with seven total tackles while Liam Daly, Avonte Bell, and Najeem Hoein added five tackles apiece. Stanley Williams added an interception.

The win brings Ferris to 10-0 (8-0) on the season with one game remaining on the schedule. The Bulldogs travel to Missouri next week to face William Jewell at 1 p.m. Saturday.

“It’s a long trip,” Annese said. “But we’re ready to finish the chapter of the regular season. Goal number one for us is to win a conference championship. Goal number two is to go undefeated in the regular season. This is step two to achieve goal two. We look forward to that.”

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