Sept. 8, 2019
Grand Valley State opened the 2019 season with an impressive 35-10 non-conference, home-opening win over Edinboro before a crowd of 14,552. The Lakers improve to 31-18 all-time in season-opening games (17-2 since 2001) and 34-11 in home openers at Lubbers Stadium (19-1 since 2001). The Lakers will host Delta State Saturday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m.
The Laker defense dominated from the opening kickoff, limiting Edinboro to 120 yards of total offense, including just five first downs. The fighting Scots tallied 120 yards of total offense, 13 via the ground on 20 carries. Edinboro’s offense produced just a second quarter 38 yard field goal. In addition, the Laker defense produced eight three-and-outs.
Offensively, GVSU scored on its opening possession of the season when junior QB Cole Kotopka hit RB Bryce Young-Walls with a 59-yard pass completion and then found WR Austin Paritee in the corner of the endzone with a 1-yard TD pass. Freshman PK Josh Gorball kicked the first of his five PATs to give GVSU a 7-0 lead. Sophomore RB Aryuan Cain-Veasey then took over the game. He raced 48 yards for a touchdown on the Lakers’ third possession of the game and then added a 94-yard TD run with 4:29 left in the second quarter to up the Laker lead to 21-3. The 94 yard TD run was the third longest in program history (Marty Carter 97, Spencer Calhoun 95).