MARQUETTE, Mich. — The Northern Michigan University football team heads to Tiffin University for a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference matchup with the Dragons. Saturday's contest marks the fourth straight meeting between the teams in Tiffin, Ohio.
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Johnson throws another TD:
Freshman Ryan Johnson (DePere, Wisc./Ashwaubenon) threw his third touchdown pass of the year, throwing for a TD in each game he has started during his freshman season. One of just two true freshmen starting in the GLIAC, Johnson is completing 60.9% of his passes.
Mayon still leads the GLIAC:
Despite leaving Saturday's game in the second quarter, junior Jake Mayon (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield East) is still leading the GLIAC with 138 yards rushing per game. Over the first five games, Mayon has rushed for over 150 yards on three occassions, achieving 200 yards or more twice. For the year, Mayon has rushed for 690 yards and four touchdowns.
Caldwell paces Wildcat rushing offense:
Freshman Deandre Caldwell (Kankakee, Ill./Kankakee) stepped in to replace Mayon and finished with 88 yards rushing. Finishing the day with eight carries, Caldwell averaged 11 yards a carry.
Brooks' big play:
Junior Corey Brooks (Green Acres, Fla./Palm Beach Gardens) helped set the Wildcat offense inside the Ashland 25-yard line in the third quarter by making a big defensive play. After an Ashland receiver caught a pass, Brooks reached in and stripped the ball from the receiver and took off down field. Returning his strip 53 yards, he set up the offense on the Ashland 23-yard line. The play marks his first caused turnover of the season.
Williams on top of GLIAC tackle leaders:
Senior Darryl Williams (Cooper City, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) posted seven tackles on Saturday and is currently leading the GLIAC with 10 tackles per game. During GLIAC play, Williams is having even more success, averaging 10.5 tackles a game.
Kwiecinski Leads GLIAC Punters:
Sophomore punter John Kwiecinski (Plymouth, Mich./Orchard Lake St. Mary's) continues to lead the league in punting as he improved his average to 43.1 yards a punt. On Saturday, Kwiecinski averaged 46.6 yards a punt, including a long of 58 yards. He had two punts inside the 20, with one being downed inside the five-yard line. On the season, Kwiecinski features four punts over 50 yards.
Last Time Out:
NMU marched down the field and scored on their first possession of the game for the third-straight week, recording a freshman Dalton Ray (Clemont, Fla./Lake Menneola) field goal. However, Ashland University responded by scoring on all four possessions of the first half. The Wildcats added another field goal and touchdown in the second half but it wouldn't be enough as NMU fell 38-13 to the nationally-ranked Eagles.
Dragons at a Glance:
Tiffin fell 13-3 last week to #15 Ferris State. In the first quarter, the Dragons drove 83 yards in 14 plays and capped off their longest drive of the game with a field goal. TU's defense held the Bulldogs' high-powered offense to their second-lowest point total of the season.
The Northern Michigan/Tiffin Series:
Today's game marks the sixth matchup between the two schools, and just the second matchup since 2011. The Wildcats hold a 3-2 advantage in the series, where the first contest went into four overtimes before the Dragons claimed the 34-28 victory. Since then, the winning team has won by an average of 55-6, with the Dragons winning last season's matchup 56-7.