MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) – The Northern Michigan University Football team honored their seniors prior to Saturday's home season finale with Saginaw Valley State University but dropped the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference matchup 56-10.
CELEBRATING THE SENIORS
The Wildcats celebrated players who were playing in their final game inside the Superior Dome. Those honored included Gabe Baumann (Rockford, Mich.), Nick Barnes (Chicago, Ill.), James Brown (Menominee, Mich.), Latrell Giles (Chicago, Ill.), Alex Hamilton (Chesterfield, Mich.), Ryan Knight (Grand Rapids, Mich.), John Kwiecinski (Plymouth, Mich.), Garret Lundteigen (Petoskey, Mich.), Gunnar Lundteigen (Petoskey, Mich.), Logan McHone (Pleasanton, Calif.), Jeremy Stats (Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.), Billy Tithof (Mt. P leasant, Mich.), Demarious Wright (Delray Beach, Fla.).
GOOD FROM 50
Sophomore Daniel Riser (Ada, Mich.) hit a career high 50-yard field goal to put the Wildcats on the board in the second quarter.
Taking over from the NMU 48 after freshman Tyquan Cox (Chicago, Ill.) took a kickoff 45 yards, freshman Tyshon King (Kankakee, Ill.) rushed for three yards to get NMU past midfield. Sophomore Sebastion Toland (Jackson, Mich.) carried for two yards before the end of the first quarter.
After the quarter break, redshirt freshman Keshawn Howard (Rochester, N.Y.) completed a pass to sophomore Benjamin Loutsis (Aurora, Ill.) for 11 yards to put the Wildcats on the SVSU 36. Howard then gained three yards on two carriers, but an incomplete pass brought up 4th and 7 from the 33. Riser came out on fourth down and nailed the 50-yard field goal through the uprights on a kick that could have gone longer to make the score 21-3.
A BIG THROW
After an SVSU touchown, the Wildcats put together a big pass play to narrow the gap.
Starting the drive on their 41, Toland ran for a one yard gain. On the next play, sophomore Ryan Johnson (De Pere, Wis.) hit Loutsis down field who was able to finish the play in the end zone for his second reception touchdown of the year. It was Johnson's eighth TD through this year.
The touchdown made the score 28-10 but NMU would be unable to score the rest of the game as SVSU took a 56-10 victory.
Howard led the offense with 116 yards rushing, averaging 5.5 yards per carry. Loutsis tallied 71 yards on three catches to lead the receivers.
As a team, NMU averaged over 23 yards per reception and finished with 196 yards on the ground.
Cox averaged 28.3 yards in the kick return game and posted a long of 45 yards.
Junior Brady Hanson (Kewaskum, Wis.) led the defense with 14 tackles. Redshirt freshman Antonio Howard Jr. and sophomore Anthony Ladd (Columbus, Ohio) both notched five tackles. Howard also recorded his first career interception.
McHone and Statz both posted a tackle for loss.
NMU will wrap up the 2019 season next Saturday with a trip to Ashland University.