October 19, 2011

Wildcats on the Road to Indianapolis

Senior quarterback Carter Kopach.
Senior quarterback Carter Kopach.

MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan football team continues its two-game road stand as it travels to Indianapolis, Ind. this weekend. The Wildcats will take on the University of Indianapolis Greyhounds at Key Stadium with kickoff at 6 p.m. on Saturday (Oct. 22).

Northern leads the all-time series 12-7, dating back to 1990. The ‘Cats are 6-4 in their last 10 meetings and 3-6 at Indianapolis. Coach Bernie Anderson is 2-3 against the Greyhounds with the two wins coming in Marquette.

Indianapolis is 5-2 overall and 4-2 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The Greyhounds have defeated Kentucky Western, Grand Valley State, University of Findlay, Northwood, and Saginaw Valley State. Ashland and Michigan Tech were tallied as loses for Indianapolis. Leading the way for the Greyhounds offense is running back Klay Fiechter (440 yards and three touchdowns) and quarterback Chris Mills (154-for-232 and 19 touchdowns).

NMU is 3-4 overall and 2-4 in the GLIAC. The ‘Cats traveled to Ferris State last weekend and had their fourth straight loss, 35-6. In the game, NMU had a season-low 222 yards of offense. Junior running back Prince Young led the team with 149 yards on the ground. Junior kicker Rockne Belmonte made field goals of 45 and 25 yards.

The last time these two teams met was last season at the Superior Dome. The Greyhounds won the matchup 6-5.  Belmonte made a 38-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter before the Greyhounds scored a touchdown with 6:17 to go. Indianapolis missed the extra point, but ran the clock out in the end, taking a safety to end the game.

The Wildcat offense is averaging 339.1 yards per game (198.9 passing and 140.3 rushing). It is 37 percent on third down conversion and 80 percent in the redzone. Young leads the ground attack with 534 yards and two touchdowns. Senior quarterback Carter Kopach has 331 yards on the ground with two touchdowns and 1,392 yards passing with 11 touchdowns Wide receiver redshirt freshman Julian Gaines and sophomores Christian Jessie and Christian Marble-King each have over 330 yards receiving.

Junior linebacker Josh Droese leads the defensive side of the ball with 49 total tackles (26 solo and 23 assisted). Junior defensive lineman Zach Anderson has 38 total tackles and leads the team with three sacks and seven and a half tackles-for-loss. Senior defensive lineman Matt Forward has 42 tackles, six tackles-for-loss and two sacks. The ‘Cats have eight interceptions and nine sacks on the season.

100.3 FM “The Point”, the official radio station of the NMU Wildcats, broadcasts all NMU football games.

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Prepared By
Jamie Carter
NMU Athletics
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