Jared Bernhardt, Ferris State completes football season unbeaten with Division II title

MCKINNEY, Texas – The Jared Bernhardt quarterback had three touchdowns in the first half undefeated State of Ferris built a massive lead and went to his first Division II football championship with a 58-17 record State of Valdosta on Saturday night.

That’s the most points scored in a D-II title game since Delta State beat Bloomsburg 63-34 in 2000. This is also the biggest win rate since Northern Coloradowon 51-0 first New Haven in 1997.

Ferris State (14-0) finished with 581 yards of fouls, 459 yards on the ground, to end its dominant season. 12 of the Bulldogs’ 14 wins are double digits.

Bernhardt, a graduate who moved from Maryland to play in his only college football season, was one of the nation’s top volleyball players during his four seasons with the Terrapins. He finished with 148 dashes on 14 runs, didn’t throw a single pass and sat out most of the second half.

Bernhardt scored on the 56-yard run in Ferris State’s first game from the script. He added a 78-yard TD run and then a 2-yard score that extended the distance to 27-17. The Bulldogs disrupted the game when Mylik Mitchell fired a shot straight into goal from Tyrese Hunt-Thompson, who didn’t touch the late-zone to score 47 yards with 11 seconds of play in the first half.

The Bulldogs rushed 365 yards in a hurry and made only two attempts to get through for a 41-17 advantage at halftime. Mitchell threw both passes with Bernhardt on the sideline resting from ankle pain. Bernhardt has 12 reps in 145 yards in the round. Jeremy Burrell added 95 yards and Tyler Minor got 45 and each runner scores one point.

The Minor finished with 125 yards on eight executions. Burrell ran four times with a distance of 103 yards. Liam Daly had a 37-yard pick-6 late in the third half.

Ferris State coach Tony Annese, in his ninth season with the Bulldogs, is 41-2 over the past three seasons.

Ivory Durham was 14/34 158 yards long with two touchdowns and two interceptions for Valdosta State (12-2).

The teams also played in the 2018 championship at McKinney ISD Stadium, with the Blazers collecting their fourth title since 2002 with a 49-47 win.

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Jake Nichol

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