Momentum building: Northern Michigan University Wildcats football team looks for 2nd win in a row at Northwood on Saturday

Northern Michigan University sophomore quarterback Drake Davis, front left, leads a huddle during the Wildcats' game against Davenport on Saturday at the Superior Dome in Marquette. (Photo courtesy NMU)

Next game: at Northwood, 1 p.m. Saturday in Midland; Radio: WUPT 100.3 FM The Point


MARQUETTE — The Northern Michigan University football team looks to keep its momentum with a trip to Midland to face Northwood for its GLIAC opener at 1 p.m. Saturday.

The Wildcats are 2-1 after defeating Davenport 20-14 in the Superior Dome last Saturday, a game that while against a league opponent is considered nonleague as NMU will play Davenport in Grand Rapids on Oct. 9.

Earlier, Northern opened the season with a 27-20 win in Illinois at McKendree before losing its home opener 28-10 to NCAA Division III national power Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Northern Michigan University quarterback Ryan Johnson, center, hands off to running back Tyshon King in a game against Davenport on Sept. 21, 2019, at the Superior Dome in Marquette. (Photo courtesy Daryl T. Jarvinen)

Northwood is 0-2 after suffering a nonleague 28-21 overtime loss at home to Gannon on Sept. 2 and a nonconference 40-6 loss at Tiffin in Ohio on Sept. 11.

Last Saturday, NMU sophomore quarterback Drake Davis threw two touchdown passes and ran for another in the win over Davenport. Benjamin Loutsis and Davis’ brother Wyatt Davis caught the TD throws.

Davis has thrown every pass for the Wildcats this season, completing 35 for 402 yards.

He ranks in the top five in the GLIAC in several categories. He leads the league in passing TDs with five, while his 134-yard-per-game passing average ranks fourth. Davis is also fifth in the league in rushing TDs with two.

Rushing-wise, sophomore back Tyshon King leads NMU with 280 yards and a TD, averaging 7.37 yards per carry, No. 1 in the GLIAC and No. 6 in NCAA Division II. His 93.3-yard-per-game average also tops the league.

Defensively, freshman Will Borchert led Northern vs. Davenport with 12 total tackles, including four solo. Teammates Andre Whitley, Jacob Dudeck, Michael Nehf and Colt Doherty each contributed half a quarterback sack.

The Wildcats’ John McMullen is second in the conference with 2.5 sacks, while Whitley, a senior, is third in tackles per game with 10.

All-time, NMU holds 26-13 lead in their series, though the Timberwolves won 28-10 in Midland the last time they met on Nov. 2, 2019.

Fans can follow this team and others at NMU on Twitter at @NMU_Wildcats.

The game will be broadcast on radio station WUPT 100.3 FM The Point and audio is also available online at rrnsports.com. Video can be found at nmuwildcats.com/links/mru6i8 and live statistics at nmuwildcats.com/sports/fball/


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


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