BIG RAPIDS, Mich. – The Northern Michigan football team lost its fourth straight game on Saturday (Oct. 15) afternoon at Ferris State’s Homecoming at Top Taggart Field. The Bulldogs scored on their first possession and never looked back, defeating the Wildcats 35-6. NMU is now 3-4 overall and 2-4 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Junior placekicker Rockne Belmonte scored the only points for the ‘Cats. He made field goals of 45 yards and 25 yards in the second quarter.
Junior running back Prince Young had a monster day for the Wildcats rushing for 149 yards on 19 carries.
The Bulldog defense held the NMU passing game in check. Senior quarterback Carter Kopach threw for only 73 yards on 12-of-25 passes. Ferris also intercepted two of Kopach’s passes. NMU accumulated a season-low 222 yards of offense.
Ferris (5-2, 4-2 GLIAC) had 554 yards of offense led by quarterbacks Tom Schneider’s 202 and Taylor Masiewicz’s 110 passing yards. Schneider scored on a 9-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Dwayne Williams scored on a 1-yard run in the second. Mike Ryan scored on a 13-yard pass from Schneider in the third and Jake Lampman scored on a 70-yard pass from Masiewicz.
Ferris also got six points from kicker Victor Bodrie on two field goals and the defense recorded a safety.
NMU’s senior punter Garrett Peck had five punts for 172 yards (34.3 average).
The Wildcat defense was led by junior linebacker Josh Droese with 11 total tackles (seven solo and 4 assisted). Senior linebacker Demetri Stewart, sophomore defensive back Morgan Stenz and senior defensive lineman Matt Forward each had nine tackles. Redshirt defensive back Robby Lentz and senior linebacker Robert Edmonds had interceptions.
NMU continues its two-game road trip at Indianapolis next weekend. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. on Saturday (Oct. 22).
Game Notes: NMU made a field goal its lone time in the redzone…The ‘Cats were 4-for-15 on third-down conversion…NMU has won only one of the last 10 games at Ferris State…Attendance was 3,241 at Top Taggart Field.
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