2017 GLIAC Race Down To Eagles, Bulldogs, Lakers

2017 GLIAC Race Down To Eagles, Bulldogs, Lakers



Heading into the final two weeks of the 2017 regular season, the race for the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football championship features three horses.

Or, more accurately - Eagles, Bulldogs and Lakers.

Going into November, there are three teams that can win the 2017 GLIAC title - No. 12-ranked Ashland University (8-1 overall, 7-0 conference), No. 11-ranked Ferris State (7-1, 6-1) and No. 19-ranked Grand Valley State (7-2, 6-1).

The key Week 10 game in this race will be at Jack Miller Stadium/Martinelli Field, where the Eagles will play host to the Lakers on Saturday (Nov. 4) at 7 p.m. 

At noon on Saturday, the Bulldogs will travel to Davenport (1-8, 0-7).

In Week 11, all three contenders are playing different opponents on Nov. 11 - Ashland at home on Senior Day at 1 p.m. vs. Saginaw Valley State (5-4, 3-4), Ferris State at Michigan Tech (4-5, 3-4) at noon and Grand Valley State at home at 1 p.m. vs. Tiffin (5-4, 4-3).


Defense Continues To Be The Stopper

Ashland's offense has turned the ball over just nine times in nine games this season. The defense has done a stellar job in keeping opponents off the board following "sudden changes," giving up just 10 points:


9-16 at Northwood-Fumble-Punt

9-16 at Northwood-Fumble-Turnover on downs

9-30 at Davenport-Muffed punt-Blocked field goal

10-7 at Northern Michigan-Fumble-Field goal

10-14 MICHIGAN TECH-Fumble-End of game

10-21 at Tiffin-Interception-Lost fumble

10-28 at Wayne State-Fumble-Missed field goal

10-28 at Wayne State-Fumble-Touchdown

10-28 at Wayne State-Fumble-Turnover on downs


Offense Climbing The Charts On Third Down

Thanks to a 12-for-17 showing on third-down conversions during Saturday's (Oct. 28) 30-10 win at Wayne State, Ashland is up to 53.9 percent for the season, best in the GLIAC through nine weeks.

The Eagles also are No. 2 in Division II in third-down percentage, trailing only LIU Post (57.0). Ashland's 69 third-down conversions are the most in D-II this season.


Shaheen, Meder Take Week 8 NFL Losses

Former Ashland University All-Americans Adam Shaheen and Jamie Meder played in Week 8 National Football League defeats on Sunday (Oct. 29).

Shaheen, a tight end, started in a three-tight-end set in the Bears' 20-12 loss at the New Orleans Saints. Meder came off the bench as a defensive tackle in the Cleveland Browns' 33-16 loss vs. the Minnesota Vikings in England on Sunday morning.