NMU’s Mayon named GLIAC’s top player on offense

NMU’s quarterback Ryan Johnson, right, hands off the ball to running back Jake Mayon with Davenport’s Deondre Moore in action Saturday afternoon September 23, 2017 at the Superior Dome in Marquette. (Journal photo by Corey Kelly)

BAY CITY — Junior running back Jake Mayon of the Northern Michigan University football team was named the GLIAC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance at the Superior Dome on Saturday afternoon in a 24-14 win against new league member Davenport University.

The win was the first of this season in three games for the Wildcats and also the first under new head coach Kyle Nystrom.

Mayon rushed for a career-high 247 yards on 26 carries, a 9.5-yard-per-carry average, while scoring two touchdowns during the Wildcats’ Homecoming game.

He opened the scoring on the fifth play from scrimmage, rushing 49 yards for a TD, then added an insurance touchdown with 3:33 left on another long jaunt of 58 yards.

And in between during the second quarter, Mayon brought NMU deep out of its own end with a 75-yard scamper to set up a Wildcat field goal.

For the season, he has run for 513 yards, a 171-yard-per-game average that leads the GLIAC. He is far and away the leader of a revitalized Northern rushing game that has 588 of the team’s 1,066 total yards this season.

Mayon, who is from downstate Plainfield, is also NMU’s second-leading receiver, catching nine passes for 131 yards with a longest catch of 62 yards, according to statistics on Northern’s website, www.nmuwildcats.com/sports/fball. He’s even listed as having made two tackles.

Mayon and the Wildcats look to even their record at 2-2 when they play at Michigan Tech in Houghton at 7 p.m. Saturday. The Miner’s Cup will also be on the line.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.