Football: Oilers set to host nationally-ranked Ferris State

Battle of the quarterbacks 

By Kevin Schrock

With the Oilers putting themselves behind the eight ball early in the 2016 season, losing their second and third games, tomorrow gives them a chance to capture one of their biggest wins in program history, as well as restart their case for a playoff bid.

Saturday night the Bulldogs from Ferris State will come to Donnell Stadium holding a #13 ranking in the latest AFCA coaches’ poll. They also currently find themselves tied for third place in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) behind only undefeated #2 Grand Valley State and undefeated #5 Ashland University.

A year ago, things weren’t so different. The Oilers played host to the Bulldogs when they were ranked #4 in the nation and undefeated. However, despite taking a 28-14 lead into the half, the Bulldogs and two-time Harlon Hill Trophy winner Jason Vander Laan were too much for the Oilers to hold off. They ended up falling by a final score of 42-39 in a heartbreaker.

This year there is no Vander Laan for Ferris State, though. The biggest weapon for them has been quarterback Reggie Bell who is third in the conference with 101.3 rushing yards per game.

Not to be outdone, the Oilers will feature quarterback Rhys Gervais who is currently first in the conference in passing touchdowns and second in passing yards. Gervais is also hot off of a conference player of the week performance in the teams win at Lake Erie College a week ago.

With kick off set for 7 p.m. Saturday night, keep an eye on the Oilers who look to knock off the nationally ranked Bulldogs under the lights at Donnell.

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