September 6, 2008

Wildcats Make A Strong Statement In Opening Game

Ben Hempel
Ben Hempel
MARQUETTE, Mich. – If the first game is any indication then the Northern Michigan University football team could be a team to watch this season.   NMU (1-0, 1-0 GLIAC) accounted for 561 yards of total offense and defeated the Northwood Timberwolves (0-1, 0-1 GLIAC) in the season opener for both teams by a score of 30-7. The Wildcats registered 263 yards on the ground and 298 via the air.
NMU held a 10-0 lead at the half. The ‘Cats got on the board first on a one-yard run by Mark Bossuah 6:23 of the first quarter. Anthony Leandri’s extra point was good. Leandri kicked a 35-yard field goal iat the end of the second quarter.
The ‘Cats added two scores in the third quarter. Bossuah scored his second TD of the day on another one-yard run at 13:29 and with the good extra point the ‘Cats were up 17-0. Dan Elmore caught a 37-yard strike from Ben Hempel for a 24-0 lead with the good extra point. 
Fred Wells hauled in a 46-yard pass from Hempel as the extra point kick was no good and the ‘Cats had a 30-0 lead with 14:44 left in the game. The Timberwolves added a score about four minutes later to avoid being shutout. Darrell Dunnom scampered in from 11 yards out for Northwood, the extra point kick was good.
Over 200 yards of the NMU ground game came from Bossuah with his 14 carries for 132 yards and Maurice Williams with his 17 carries for 98 yards. Hempel was 13-18-0 for 236 yards and two TD strikes. He also had seven yards on the ground on three carries. Zach Nicholas led the ‘Cats with six catches for 75 yards.   Nathan Yelk led the NMU defense with nine total tackles on the day (six solo and three assisted). Andrew Strobel and Alex Grignon each had an interception for the game. 
NMU takes to the road next Saturday to Ohio to take on GLIAC newcomer, Tiffin University (Sept. 13).
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