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Northern Michigan University football team loses at Northwood 28-10 for 7th straight loss

MIDLAND — Northern Michigan University scored first and retook the lead again early in the second quarter, but couldn’t hold on as Northwood defeated the Wildcats 28-10 in a GLIAC football game played downstate on Saturday afternoon.

With its seventh straight loss, Northern slipped to 1-7 overall and 0-6 in the league as the Timberwolves moved out of its share of the GLIAC basement at 1-8 and 1-5.

The Wildcats’ lone touchdown came less than six minutes into the game when freshman Tyshon King scored from 1 yard out to culminate a 10-play, 54-yard drive. Daniel Riser’s extra point made it 7-0.

NMU got favorable field position on the game’s opening possession when freshman Tyquan Cox returned the opening kickoff to the NMU 46. While sophomore quarterback Ryan Johnson threw a nine-yard pass to senior Ryan Knight on 3rd-and-8 for a first down, King soon took over, carrying the ball six straight times and covering 37 yards to culminate in the short TD run.

Northwood tied the game on the final play of the first quarter when Jalen Lewis scored on a 9-yard run, but the Wildcats retook a 10-7 lead barely more than four minutes into quarter No. 2 when Riser connected on a 46-yard field goal.

Before the half ended, however, the T’wolves retook the lead for good when Cashual Goldsmith scored a TD on a 10-yard run 2:12 before halftime.

Northwood added a Christian Martinez 24-yard TD pass from Nate Gomez in the third quarter and Goldsmith 5-yard TD run in the fourth to round out the scoring.

The Timberwolves held a 343-257 edge in total yards, though NMU outrushed Northwood 186-167. But Johnson, combined with Keshawn Howard completing a pass for 6 yards, were a combined 9 of 23 for 71 yards and an interception by Howard. Gomez was 10 of 18 for 176 yards and no pickoffs for NU.

King led all rushers with 95 yards in 19 carries, while Howard made 46 yards in six tries. Goldsmith led Northwood runners with 86 yards in 18 attempts.

Defensively, the Wildcats had two QB sacks, including one by sophomore Anthony Ladd for an 18-yard loss. Sophomore teammate Brady Hanson had three pass breakups with freshman Eddie McGee getting two as sophomore Isaac Darkangelo had a team-high 17 tackles, including a sack and one other for a loss along with a quarterback hit.

NMU plays its final home game of the season at 1 p.m. Saturday against Saginaw Valley State (4-5, 2-4 GLIAC).

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