Press Box


ERIE, Pa.â€Ã‚“ The road woes continued for the Wildcats on Saturday afternoon as theMercyhurst Lakers defeated the Northern Michigan Universityfootball team by a score of 41-29 at Tullio Field in Erie, Pa. With the loss the â€Ã‚˜Cats drop to 0-2 on the season and have one more roadgame of their three-game road swing to open up the 2003 season.  The â€Ã‚˜Cats are at Ferris State next Saturday night (Sept.20) at 7:00 p.m.  The Lakers improve to 2-0 on the season.

Mercyhurst jumped out to a 27-0 lead before the â€Ã‚˜Cats foundtheir way onto the scoreboard.  KyleSwenor ran it in from one-yard out with about a minute left until thehalf.  Kyle Marotz kick failed, so thescore was 27-6 going into the locker room.

Corbin Walker recovered a Corey Woods fumble in the end zoneto narrow the gap to 27-13 at 11:57of the third quarter.  The Lakers wouldscore again in the quarter to make it 34-13 by going 72 yards in 12 plays.  Marotz added a 23-yard field goal with 3:27 left in the quarter to make it 34-16.

The fourth quarter saw the â€Ã‚˜Cats score twice, but not beforethe Lakers added to their lead. Mercyhurst scored a TD with 11:05left in the game as Kevin Campbell caught a 10-yard pass from Jeff Nowling tomake it 41-16.  Swenor had his hand inthe next two scores by the â€Ã‚˜Cats.  Walkercaught an eight-yard pass from Swenor with 6:31left in the game to make the score 41-23. Pat Rouzard with 15 seconds left in the game caught a 21-yard strikefrom Swenor for the final score.

First downs were even between the two schools as they bothhad 26 on the day.  Plays and totalyardage was also similar as NMU had 80 plays for 480 yards, while MC had 82plays for 490 yards.  Corey Woods led theâ€Ã‚˜Cats on the ground with 57 yards on 16 carries.  Swenor was 24-46-2 for 370 yards.  Three receivers (Vinney Mayfield, Rouzard andJustin Orvis) had six catches on the day, but Mayfield had the most yards at110.

Dan Studer led the defense with two solo and 10 assistedtackles as he also had a tackle for a loss and a sack.  Ryan Wender had four solo and five assistedtackles.



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Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director