GV football goes baseball-istic to beat Saginaw Valley in finale

ALLENDALE ¬— The Detroit Tigers pitching staff would have been impressed with the Grand Valley State University football team.
The Lakers used a three-strikes-and-you’re-out strategy to turn a close game into a 49-34 win over Saginaw Valley State University on Saturday.
Grand Valley improved to 9-2 by winning the regular-season finale and greatly enhanced its chances of getting into the Division II playoffs for the first time since 2010.
Grand Valley’s most important series of plays happened when they “struck out” Saginaw Valley with three touchdowns in about nine minutes.
Strike one: Leading 28-27 after Saginaw’s Norman Shuford (22 carries, 88 yards) scored on a 1-yard run with 9 minutes, 5 seconds remaining in the third quarter, Erik Thompson returned the kickoff 76 yards for a 35-27 margin.
Strike 2: Little-used tight end Alton Voss blocked and recovered Saginaw Valley’s next punt attempt and Kirk Spencer scored on a 24-yard shovel pass on Grand Valley’s very next play.
Strike 3: Grand Valley’s Isiah Dunning sacked Saginaw Valley quarterback Jonathon Jennings at the Grand Valley 23 late in the third quarter, then Robinson capped an eight-play drive with a 1-yard run with 14:51 to play in the game.
That was the drive where tight end Jamie Potts showed his baseball prowess. The left fielder on the Grand Valley baseball team caught a pass one-handed that moved the ball to the 4-yard line.
“(The cornerback) kind of had my right arm locked up (aka holding) and I saw that the ball was thrown pretty deep, so I couldn’t adjust to it much,” Potts said. “I just stuck it out there and luckily it went into my hand.
“I thought I had the easy part. (Quarterback) Heath (Parling) was putting the ball where I needed it to be and I had a little bit of a size advantage, so it wasn’t too hard.
“It’s kind of like catching a baseball,” Potts said. “That’s good practice for me.”


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