Football Hits the Road For First GLIAC Roadtrip

Football Hits the Road For First GLIAC Roadtrip

MARQUETTE, Mich. – After facing two teams ranked in the top six in the national poll, Northern Michigan University Football hits the road for the first time since week one and will visit the nations top defense of Davenport University in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference matchup.



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NMU hosted Ferris State University on Homecoming this past Saturday, and it was the second straight week they faced a team ranked in the top ten, as FSU was ranked sixth in Division II football.  The Bulldogs backed up their #6 ranking by taking a 21-3 lead and held a 21-10 halftime advantage. FSU's #1 offense only managed 14 points in the second half, but outscored NMU 14-9 in the final 30 minutes to win the contest 35-19.


Senior Jake Mayon (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield East) is approaching a school record for rushing yards in a career with 3,246 yards and is just 596 yards away from the school record. Mayon currently leads the league in rushing, averaging 132.8 yards per game, which is 17 yards more than anyone else.  Through four games, he has rushed for 531 yards with five touchdowns.  Against the Bulldogs last week, Mayon finished with 97 yards and two touchdowns.


The Wildcat defense picked off their first pass of the season Saturday, intercepting the FSU quarterback on the final play of the first half. Junior Troy Mayon (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield East) came away with the pick on the hail mary throw, his first interception since week five of his freshman season.  As a team, NMU has 14 total pass breakups, led by junior Nick Barnes (Chicago, Ill./Hales Franciscan) who has five. Senior Jalen Saunders ( Auburn Hills, Mich./Avondale) has three and sophomore Brady Hanson (Kewaskum, Wis.) has two.


In addition to recording his first interception of the season, Troy Mayon also led the team with 16 tackles, a career-high tackles for the junior. Hanson had his second-straight game of double-figure tackles as he finished with 11.


Freshman linebacker Jack Reiger (Hoffman Estates, Ill./James B. Conant) recorded his first-ever fumble recovery in the game, returning it eight yards, to give NMU the ball back in the third quarter.


NMU hurt the FSU averages this past weekend, keeping them to a season low points and also scoring the most points allowed by the Bulldogs this season. Entering the week, FSU boasted 600 yards of offense, leading the country, and were second with 53.3 points per game. The Wildcats held them to 35 points, nearly 20 points off their average.  Offensively, the 19 points scored by NMU are the most allowed by the Bulldogs this season.


Last season saw the first-ever matchup between the two teams with the Wildcats winning the meeting 24-14. Jake Mayon finished the day with a career-high 247 rushing yards and scored two touchdowns and NMU lead 17-0 at the half. The Panthers enter the week with the top ranked defense in the country, allowing just 177 yards per game and 10.3 points a game.