MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University football team played its 2008 home finale Saturday against the top ranked team in NCAA II, the Grand Valley State University Lakers. After the dust had settled the Lakers left Marquette with a 45-14 win. NMU is now 2-7 overall and in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). The Lakers stay perfect at 9-0 overall and in the conference.
Grand Valley State after 30 minutes of play held a 38-0 lead. James Berezik scored the first two touchdowns for the Lakers on a one-yard run at 9:26 and on a 22-yard pass from Brad Iciek at 8:18 of the first quarter. Also in the first quarter Jonn Mathews caught a two-yard pass from Iciek at 6:20. With 15 ticks left in the quarter, Marquel Neasman scampered in from six yards out. Grand Valley held a 28-0 lead.
The Lakers had two more scores in the second quarter. Scott Blasko caught an 18-yard pass from Iciek at 5:52. Right before heading into the locker room Todd Carter booted a 39-yard field goal.
NMU would get on the board in the second half. The Wildcats first score came on a Carter Kopach 15-yard strike to Luke Carlson with 3:42 showing on the clock in the third quarter. Kyle Senn then hauled in a 33-yard pass from Vincent Church with 3:40 left in the fourth quarter. NMU trailed 38-14. The Lakers would have one final score when P.T. Gates ran it in from 14 yards out with 1:27 left in the game for the final margin.
For the day NMU had 274 yards of total offense (78 rushing and 196 passing). The Lakers accounted for 555 yards of total offense (256 rushing and 299 passing). Brennan VanEffen led the ‘Cats on the ground with 84 yards on eight carries. Sixty of his total yards came on one run. Kopach was 12-20-0 for 159 yards. Carlson had six catches on the day to lead the team for 112 yards. Nathan Yelk led the NMU defense with 11 total tackles (six solo and five assisted).
NMU will travel to Indianapolis next week (Nov. 8) for the 2008 finale.
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