October 11, 2003

'Cats Hang With Lakers Early

 

 

MARQUETTE, Mich.â€Ã‚“ The last time Grand Valley State Universitylost a regular season football game was to Northern Michigan Universityduring the 2000 season.  The game wasplayed in the Superior Dome.  Moveforward three years and the Lakers were visiting the Dome this time it was2003.  The â€Ã‚˜Cats held the lead throughthe midway point of the second quarter and the crowd was wondering about themagic of the place, but in the end it was all Lakers as they won 50-20.  NMU is now 2-4 overall on the season and 2-3in the GLIAC.  While GVSU will keep theirnumber one ranking in NCAA II football as they improve to 6-0 and 5-0 in theconference.

Pat Rouzard gave the â€Ã‚˜Cats the lead at 7-0 at 4:32 of the first quarter.  The TD was the first time this season thatthe â€Ã‚˜Cats scored in the first quarter. The Lakers tied the game at seven-all with a TD in the closing secondsof the quarter on a four-yard run by Brandon Langston.

NMU took the lead again at 11:55of the second quarter when Justin Orvis caught a seven-yard pass from KyleSwenor as the extra point was good and the â€Ã‚˜Cats had the lead again at14-7.  GVSU scored at 7:39 of the quarter when Michael Tennesseescored from 10 yards out, but the extra point failed and the Lakers were downby one at 14-13.  Marotz then added a22-yard field goal at 5:25 to expandthe â€Ã‚˜Cats lead to 17-13.  David Hendrixthen made two field goals with a little over two minutes left in the half togive the Lakers the lead at 19-17.

The third quarter was all Lakers as they would score threetimes.  Langston caught two TD passesfrom Cullen Finnerty in the quarter from eight and 71 yards out.  Finnerty also ran one in himself from fiveyards.  Marotz had a 32-yard field goalfor the â€Ã‚˜Cats only score of the second half.

Hendrix would add his third field goal of the day from 24yards out at the beginning stages of the fourth quarter to give the Lakers thelead at 43-20.  The Lakers final score ofthe day came on a pass play as Micah Staley caught a two-yard pass from Finnertywith less than five minutes left in the game for the final margin.

On the day the â€Ã‚˜Cats ran up 420 yards of total offense (102rushing and 318 passing).  GVSU had 526yards of total offense (279 rushing and 247 passing).  Abram McCoy led the â€Ã‚˜Cats on the ground with64 yards on 15 carries.  Swenor passedfor 318 yards on 47-29-2.  Finnerty had247 yards in the air on 28-21-0.

Vinney Mayfield had a game-high eight receptions for 83yards.  Langston had six catches for 109yards.

The â€Ã‚˜Cats are on the road next week as the travel to Ashland, Ohio to take on the Ashland UniversityEagles (October 18).