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Grand Valley falls to Berkshire

September 14, 2013
By RICH KELLY - Special to Tribune Chronicle (sports@tribtoday.com) , Underthelights

BURTON - Over the first two weeks of the 2013 football season, the Grand Valley Mustangs and Berkshire Badgers were mirror images of each other.

Both had mistakes early in their openers that put them in big holes they didn't get out of. The next week, they both met monsters and took one to the chin.

When they squared off at Dr. Willliam A. Reed Stadium on Friday, it was almost certain that something had to give. Berkshire used a 43-yard touchdown pass from Gordy Cossick to Keanu Martin with 2:08 left in the game to claim a hard-fought 21-14 non-conference win over the Mustangs.

For the Mustangs (0-3), it was a case of familiar occurrences of the negative variety at inopportune times that hurt most.

"We came into the season with our line as our strong point," Grand Valley coach John Glavickas said. "We have played very hard, and done some good things, but mistakes such as penalties especially, have hurt us badly. It's frustrating, but we just have to work our way through them."

Big plays went both ways to keep fans on the edge of their seats all night. The pass play from Cossick to Martin was set up by huge efforts from both teams.

GV had stopped Berkshire (1-2) on downs at the Mustang 5 with just over eight minutes to play. On second down from the GV 22, Jake Vormelker rolled left, was stopped by an eager Badger defensive front, rolled back to his right and found Matt Moodt wide open inside Berkshire territory.

The toss and catch were perfect, and Moodt was dragged down from behind by the last Badger at the 1. A common bug-a-boo for GV reared its head in the form of two penalites, forcing a fourth and goal at the 6. Vormelker's pass was caught, but out of bounds.

A Cody Charvet run of 30 yards got some breathing room for Berkshire, and from the GV 43, a fourth-down pass over the middle from Cossick to Martin saw a GV defender go for the interception and barely miss.

Martin didn't miss the ball, and dashed for the game-winner.

Grand Valley had played well in the first half, but overall, penalties (9 for 61 yards) stopped any momentum.