Anchor-Bone Classic Preview: FSU, GVSU Meet for First Place in GLIAC

BIG RAPIDS – It’ll be a battle of top 10 teams when Ferris State and Grand Valley State meet at Lubbers Stadium in Allendale Saturday night with first place in the GLIAC on the line.

The annual Anchor-Bone Classic features two undefeated teams and two of the top offenses in the country as Ferris State is averaging 50 points per game and Grand Valley is averaging 48.

Even with these two dynamic offenses, Ferris State head coach Tony Annese isn’t convinced it will be a high-scoring affair.

“I hate to burst your bubble but this has been predicted before and then all of a sudden it’s a grind,” Annese said.

On the injury front, the Bulldogs are awaiting the return of quarterback Jared Bernhardt, who burst onto the scene in the season opener with a seven touchdown performance against Findlay.

Bernhardt was injured in week two and hasn’t played since, but he was participating in practice this week.

In his absence, quarterbacks Evan Cummins and Mylik Mitchell haven’t missed a beat. Mitchell even set the school record for passing yards in a game with a 508 yard performance against Northwood in the team’s last game.

Annese said even if Bernhardt is healthy, the decision at starting quarterback is still a coin flip.

“That’s what I did to start the game against Findlay. We literally tossed a coin and Jared got the first series,” Annese said.

The Bulldogs and Lakers kick off at 7 p.m. Saturday night.