Ferris State takes down Ouachita Baptist in D2 playoffs

Ferris State offensive lineman Jake Boonstra tries to clear the path for his running back on Dec. 1, 2018. (RoadTripSports.com photo by Matthew Postins)

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. — Ferris State was shoveling snow on its football field up in Big Rapids, Mich., to start the week, but by Saturday afternoon they were on their way to a 37-14 win over Ouachita Bapitst.

The victory for the Bulldogs (14-0) means they’ll face MSU-Mankato in the Division II semifinals next Saturday, and once again they’ll be on the road. But they proved their offense can handle things away from home.

The Bulldogs were incredible on the ground, rushing for 357 yards on their way to 501 total yards for the game. They also dominated time of possession, keeping the ball for nearly 35 minutes in the contest.

Marvin Campbell led the Bulldogs with 75 yards and a touchdown, but Robert Thomas, Derrick Portis and Evan Cummings each rushed for a touchdown. Travis Russell and Thomas each rushed for at least 60 yards.

Ferris State quarterback Jayru Campbell threw for 128 yards and a touchdown, while rushing for another 47 yards.

Meanwhile Ouachita Bapitst (12-1) gained only 281 total yards of total offense as it struggled to move the ball all afternoon. Quarterback Brayden Brazeal threw for 195 yards and two touchdowns, but also threw an interception. The bigger issues for OBU was running back Kris Oliver, who gained only 9 yards on 5 carries. Brazeal ended up being the leading rusher for the Tigers, too.

Allie Freeman and Lamar Haynes scored OBU’s only touchdowns.

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