MARQUETTE, Mich. – Senior Jake Mayon (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield East) ran for a career-high 256 yards to lead Northern Michigan University Football but the Wildcats fell to Northwood University 27-24 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action.
| MAYON'S BIG DAY
Mayon carried the ball 32 times, averaging 8.0 yards per carry on his way to his career-high 256 yards. He also finished with two touchdowns. On the season, Mayon has rushed for 834 yards, and is now averaging 139.0 yards per game. For his career, the senior has rushed for 3,549 yards and needs just 294 yards to break the school's career rushing record.
| THE AIR ATTACK
Starting sophomore quarterback Latrell Giles (Chicago, Ill./Leo Catholic) threw for 105 yards on four completions to led the team in passing yards. Redshirt freshman Kole Stealy (Cooper City, Fla./Chaminade-Madonna) came in during the second quarter and connected on six passes for 82 yards and a touchdown.
Sophomore receiver Ravon Johnson (Willowbrook, Ill./Hinsdale South) caught four passes and finished with 106 yards receiving, including a long of 64 yards, and scored his first touchdown of the season. Redshirt freshman Connor Bruinius (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Northern) had three catches for 41 yards and redshirt freshman Benjamin Loutsis (Aurora, Ill./Metea Valley) finished with 37 yards on two receptions.
| DEFENSIVE LEADERS
Freshman Isaac Darkangelo (Brighton, Mich./Detroit Catholic Central) led the defense with ten tackles, including seven solo tackles. Senior Abram Cook (Surprise, Ariz./Valley Vista) chipped in with nine tackles and had a sack. Sophomore Austin Potter (Warren, Mich./De La Salle) posted eight tackles with junior Troy Mayon (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield East) adding seven and a pass breakup.
| YOU HAVE TO FINISH THE TACKLE
Mayon's first touchdown of the day came on a 27-yard carry. Giles got the ball to Mayon who broke through the line where he met several Northwood defenders. The Timberwolves tried bringing the running back down, but Mayon didn't want to comply. Mayon was able to roll over the defender, regain his balance and scamper into the end zone to cap of a nine-play 65-yard drive to put NMU up 7-0 early.
| RISER CONNECTS FROM 40
After the Timberwolves scored a touchdown and two field goals to go up 13-7, freshman kicker Daniel Riser (Ada, Michigan/Forest Hills Central) hit from 40-yards out to make it 13-10 midway through the third quarter.
Sophomore Deandre Caldwell (Kankakee, Ill.) helped NMU start the drive strong with a 40-yard kickoff return to start the drive at the NMU 43-yard line. On the first play, Stealy connected with Loutsis for a 33-yard gain to move NMU down to the NU 24-yard line.
The drive stalled but Riser finished it with a field goal to inch NMU closer and make it 13-10.
| MAYON SCORES AGAIN
With 1:23 to go in the fourth quarter, the Wildcats took over from their 18-yard line down down 20-10. Jake Mayon started the drive with 11 yards on the first two plays. Stealy then carried for six yards before Mayon ran again for 13 yards to the NMU 48-yard line and a NU facemask helped put the Wildcats on the NU 37-yard line. The quarter then ended and Stealy connected with Johnson to open the fourth quarter for a 25-yard completion, with another Northwood penalty to help NMU advance to the Northwood six-yard line.
Mayon carried it down to the four, then finished the drive with a four-yard touchdown plunge and made the score 20-17.
| JOHNSON'S FIRST TD THIS YEAR
The visitors scored again to make it 27-17 with 10:33 to play. On the next NMU drive, the Wildcats took over on their 18- yard line, but a penalty pushed the offense back to the 13. On 3rd and 13, a pass fell incomplete, but an NU pass interference gave NMU a first down. On the next play, a defensive holding helped NMU move to the 40-yard line.
Mayon carried the next play five yards and then scampered for 45-yards on the following play to put NMU on the NU 14-yard line. After two carries by Caldwell got the Wildcats to the five-yard line, Stealy hit Johnson who was able to beat the defender and hit the end zone.
| UP NEXT
After another close lose, NMU has lost the past two games by just four points. The Wildcats will look to bounce back next Saturday as they continue GLIAC play by visiting Saginaw Valley State University.