Dixie State Football Leaves RMAC Play For Game At Top 5 Foe

Dixie State Football Leaves RMAC Play For Game At Top 5 Foe

ALLENDALE, Mich.-Saturday, Dixie State off to a 4-1 start, takes a brief break from Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play to face the #2 team in NCAA Division II, Grand Valley State at Lubbers Stadium of Allendale, Mich.

The Trailblazers, whose 4-1 start is their best in program history at the Division II level, are 1-14 all-time in Division II against nationally-ranked foes.

Their only win against a ranked foe came in 2016 at Grand Junction, Colo. when they defeated the Colorado Mesa Mavericks 38-31.

Saturday’s tilt against the Lakers is Dixie State’s first game against them in program history.

The Lakers are 5-0 on the season and 3-0 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play.

The 1,782 miles separating these schools make this the longest trip Dixie State has ever made in its Division II history for a football game.

The Lakers  have won four national champions at the Division II level all of which coming since 2002.

This season, they are a talented squad as they often have been historically as they average 471.6 yards per game.

Senior Lakers signal-caller Bart Williams leads the GLIAC in passing, having tossed for 1,167 yards and 14 touchdowns on the season with no interceptions.

His 14 touchdown passes rank him sixth nationally in Division II while his key receivers are Austin Paritee (22 rec, 402 yards, 5 TD’s), Nick Dodson (21 rec, 384 yards, 6 TD’s) and Jack Provencher (16 rec, 153 yards, 3 TD’s).

Junior tailback Chawntez Moss has run for 509 yards and four scores on the season as well for the Lakers.

The Lakers’ defense also ranks 12th nationally, surrendering only 257.4 yards per game.

Sophomore linebacker and senior defensive lineman Dylan Carroll have each posted 32 tackles and eight different Lakers defenders have a sack apiece.

Meanwhile, the Trailblazers’ offense continues to click as in last week’s 41-38 win at Black Hills State, they amassed more than 500 yards for the second consecutive game.

Signal-callers Trent Darms and Michael Sanders each excel for the Trailblazers, when called upon with receiver Conner Miller and tailback Sei-J Lauago (35th in Division II with 447 yards) also excelling.

This game will also appear on ESPN Extra, commemorating a rare time that the Trailblazers have aired on national television.