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John Privitelli
John Privitelli

MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan football team hosts Northwood from the Superior Dome on Saturday (Sept. 10) at 1 p.m. NMU leads the all-time series 22-8 and has won three of the last four meetings with the Timberwolves.

The two teams met in Midland on September 18 last season. NMU jumped out to a 17-3 halftime lead and added two more scores in the second half to win 31-17. NMU recorded 21 first downs to 11 for Northwood. Total offense was 414 yards for the ‘Cats to 235 (136 yards rushing and 99 passing) for the Timberwolves. NMU on the ground accounted for 160 yards while in the air it was 254. NMU was four-of-five in the red zone. Kopach ended the day with 81 yards on the ground on 19 carries and was 13-25-0 in the air for 254 yards. Defensively the ‘Cats were led by Eddie Knoblock with nine total tackles. DJ Oke added seven total tackles a forced fumble and an interception. Zach Anderson was camped out in the Timberwolves backfield as he had two sacks and 3.5 tackles-for-loss to go along with his six total tackles. As a unit the NMU defense had 11 tackles-for-loss for the game (-40 yards).

Zach Anderson was selected GLIAC Defensive Player of the Week. The 6-3 junior defensive lineman anchored the NMU defense with 13 total tackles in the Wildcats’ 30-23 double overtime win at Findlay. He tallied four solo tackles and nine assisted tackles in the contest. Anderson also had a sack for a 9-yard loss late in the second quarter, making Findlay attempt a 37-yard field goal that was missed. Anderson leads NMU with three sacks on the year. He also leads the team with 17 total tackles (seven solo and 10 assisted).

Northwood is 1-1 overall and 0-1 in the GLIAC. The Timberwolves defeated Findlay (14-10) in their first game of the year and lost to Ohio Dominican (44-30) last weekend. Head coach Mike Sullivan is in his fourth year at Northwood. He served as the associate head coach for six years and also was the offensive line coach. He has 14 wins as the head coach. The Timberwolves finished 5-6 overall and 5-5 in the GLIAC in 2010. They were 3-2 at home and 2-4 on the road. Quarterback Aaron Shavers has completed 13-for-33 through the air this season with two touchdowns and an interception. Cameron Jackson leads the Timberwolves ground attack with129 yards on the ground in 31 carries

NMU defeated Findlay 30-23 in double overtime to win its GLIAC-opener last week. Christian Jessie had a nine-yard touchdown reception in the second overtime and the defensive made a stop on a fourth and goal to seal the win. Both teams exchanged field goals in the first overtime. Findlay made a field goal late in the fourth quarter to send the game to overtime.

The NMU offense tallied 331 yards (173 rushing, 158 passing) on 77 plays (4.3 yards per play). The ‘Cats had 18 first downs, scored three touchdowns and had four turnovers. NMU is averaging 30.5 points per game and 309.5 yards of offense. Quarterback Carter Kopach threw 18-for-33 with a touchdown and an interception. He also rushed for 93 yards on 19 attempts with a touchdown. In his career Kopach has 3,947 passing yard for 34 touchdowns and 736 rushing yards for 15 touchdowns. Running back Prince Young tallied 60 yards on the ground on 12 carries. Privitelli carried the ball nine times for 18 yards and a touchdown. Receiver Christian Jessie had nine receptions for 66 yards and a touchdown.

The NMU defense gave up 484 yards of offense to Findlay. The ‘Cats had four interceptions and two sacks. Zach Anderson had 13 total tackles, Robert Edmonds had 11 and Anthony Marietti, Josh Droese and Matt Forward had nine. Anderson and Morgan Stenz each had a sack. Marietti had two interceptions, Demetri Steward had one and Jacob Lehman had one.

Rockne Belmonte made three field goals all 40 yards or longer. He also made three extra points. Garrett Peck had six punts for 245 yards (40.8 average). Jessie had 60 kickoff return yards on three returns. Privitelli had 28 punt return yards on two returns.

The game can be heard on 100.3 FM “The Point”. Ryan Beckman will be on the play-by-play with Dan Hardenbrook on color commentary.

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