MARQUETTE, Mich. – Northern Michigan University Football gets back on the road this week as they continue Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action by taking on Saginaw Valley State University Saturday afternoon.
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| LAST TIME OUT
The Wildcats hosted Northwood University in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference matchup and had their second-best offensive output of the season, gaining 473 yards which includes 286 yards on the ground. It was also the fourth time this season NMU won the time of possession battle. However, the Timberwolves came up with two big interceptions inside the end zone which proved to be enough as NU took a 27-24 victory.
| MAYON APPROACHES A SCHOOL RECORD
Senior Jake Mayon (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield East) is quickly approaching the school record for rushing yards in a career with 3,549 yards and is just 294 yards away from the school record. In Saturday's game with Northwood, Mayon carried it 32 times for a career-high 256 rushing yards and two touchdowns. This season he now has 834 yards rushing and is averaging 139 yards per game, with eight touchdowns.
| JOHNSON SCORES HIS FIRST
Sophomore Ravon Johnson (Willowbrook, Ill./Hinsdale South) scored his first touchdown of the season in the fourt quarter of Saturday's game, scoring on a five yard reception from redshirt freshman Kole Stealy (Cooper City, Fla./Chaminade-Madonna). For the game, Johnson finished with a game-high 105 yards and four receptions.
| GOOD FIRST DAY
Freshman Isaac Darkangelo (Brighton, Mich./Detroit Catholic Central) made his first career start in Saturday's game with Northwood and made an immediate impact to the defense, finishing with a team-best 10 tackles, including seven solo tackles. He also assisted on a tackle that resulted in a one-yard loss for the Timberwolves.
| KEEPING IT CLOSE
Despite their record, this year's squad has shown great strides. In the team's games against nonranked opponents, the Wildcats have not come away with victory but have lost the three games by a combined 10 points. In the season opener against McKendree, NMU fell to the Bearcats by six points. After two games against two teams in the nations top five, the Wildcats visited the nation's top defense but fell 31-30 in overtime. In the last outing, NMU fell to Northwood by three points, 27-24. For the season, NMU is also outscoring their opponents 31-27 in the first quarter.
| RUNNING HARD
The Wildcat offense is second in the GLIAC in rushing, averaging 212.5 yards per game. Nationally, NMU is 27th in rushing with a total of 1,275 yards and second in the GLIAC, ranking only behind the nations's top offense, Ferris State University. In addition to Mayon, sophomore Latrell Giles (Chicago, Ill./Leo Catholic) has rushed for 277 yards while sophomore Deandre Caldwell (Kankakee, Ill.) has added 176 yards. The rushing attack is averaging 4.6 yards a carry.
| NMU VERSUS SVSU
Saginaw Valley State won 20-12 last season and now holds a 20-18 advantage in the overall series. This year, the Cardinals enter Saturday's game at 5-1 on the season, suffering their lone defeat this past Saturday at Ashland University.