Ferris State Football Preps for Harding

BIG RAPIDS – For the second straight year, the Ferris State football program finds itself in the NCAA Division II national quarterfinals.

The fourth-seeded Bulldogs (11-1) will host seventh-seeded Harding (Ark.) Saturday at Top Taggart Field. The winner will claim the Super Region 3 Championship and advance to the national semifinals.

Ferris State is back in the national quarterfinals after handing top-seeded and previously unbeaten Fort Hays State (Kan.) a 31-21 loss last Saturday. The Bulldogs have won nine straight and have recorded six playoff wins over the last three seasons under coach Tony Annese.

Saturday’s game will mark the first December contest Ferris State has hosted.

“It’s nice to play a home game,” Annese said. “We didn’t anticipate this happening when we left for Kansas, we thought that we would be on the road from that point on, and obviously being at home is something that’s special. You know, this is the first December game in the history of Ferris State football.”

After dropping their first three games of the seasons, the Bisons (10-3) have won 10 straight, including upset wins over No. 6 Indianapolis (27-24) and No. 9 Ashland (34-24) in Super Region play. Runners-up in the Great American Conference, Harding is in the NCAA postseason for the third time in school history, with all three playoffs appearances coming since 2014. This marks the second straight season Harding has reached the national quarterfinals.

“This team is built to play anywhere, but being at home makes it that much more significant for us, to come out and play for our home fans,” senior running back Jahaan Brown said.

Saturday’s kickoff is slated for noon.