Football Returns to the Dome For Lawrence Tech

Football Returns to the Dome For Lawrence Tech

MARQUETTE, Mich. – Northern Michigan University Football returns to the Superior Dome for the first of two games as they take a break from Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action to host new program Lawrence Technological University Saturday at 1 p.m.



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NMU visited Saginaw Valley State University for the Cardinals' Homecoming game and rushed for 231 yards, the fourth time the team rushed for over 200 yards this season,  but it wouldn't be enough as the Wildcats fell to the hosts 30-10.While the 10 points is a season low for the Wildcats, the 231 yards were the most allowed by the Cardinal defense, who just two weeks earlier kept Michigan Technological University scoreless.


 Senior Jake Mayon (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield East) is now just 211 yards away from the school record for rushing yards after gaining 118 yards on the ground.  Mayon carried the ball 26 times and averaged 4.5 yards per carry. A stat correction changed his totals from the team's contest with Northwood and will enter Saturday's contest with Lawrence Tech just 211 yards away from the school record with four games left to play in his NMU career.


The Wildcat defense had their most productive pass rush of the season as they finished with a season-best three sacks against SVSU. Freshman Isaac Darkangelo (Brighton, Mich./Detroit Catholic Central) finished with two sacks for a total of 18 yards. Senior defensive tackle Abram Cook (Surprise, Ariz./Valley Vista) added a sack for seven yards. On the season, Cook leads the team with 2.5 sacks while Darkangelo is now second on the team. 


The Wildcats may not have the record they were looking for this late into the season, but this year's team has made large improvements already over last year. This year's team is rushing for over 60 more yards per game and has already scored more points than all of last season.

The NMU defense continues to improve as well.  The Wildcats are currently allowing 30 fewer rushing yards per game as well as 25 fewer yards total than last year's squad.


Mayon is currently leading the GLIAC with 130.9 yards per game and is second with 8 rushing touchdowns. The Wildcats are second in the league with 213.0 yards rushing per game and also second with 13 total rushing touchdowns. Nationally, the NMU offense is 31st among Division II. NMU has tallied 1,491 yards on the ground, with Mayon posting 916. Sophomore Latrell Giles (Chicago, Ill./Leo Catholic) has added 343 this season while sophomore Deandre Caldwell (Kankakee, Ill.) has 239 on the year.  Their 13 total touchdown are also more than they achieved in 2017.  Mayon scored eight TD's last year and already has eight this season, while Giles has four and Caldwell also reached the end zone for the first time of his NMU careeR.


Saturday's game will mark the first-ever matchup between the two schools as the Blue Devils are in ther first season after a 70-year hiatus from action.  LTU re-started their entire athletic department in 2011.  Lawrence Tech enters Saturday's contest at 5-1 on the year, with victories over the club teams from Eastern Michigan University, Oakland University and the University of Pittsburg and are leading the NAIA in nearly all statistical categories, including boasting the #1 defense.