Coach Sams Rolls The Dice
MARQUETTE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University football team looked like two different teams on Saturday afternoon at theSuperior Dome.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The first team was down 20-3 at the half, the second team wonthe game 35-27.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With the win the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats are now 2-4 overall and in the GLIAC.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ashland falls to 2-5 and 1-5 in the conference.
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats spotted the Eagles a 14-0 lead in the firstquarter.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Antwan Hart scored from five yards out at 7:28 of the openingquarter.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Chris Campbell returned a fumble recover 25 yards for a TD with threeminutes left in the quarter.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kyle Marotz kicked a 29-yard field goal at the11:21 mark of the second quarter to get the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats on the board.
The leg of Austin Wellock from Ashland extended the Eagleslead as he converted two field goals from almost the same distance.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ His firstfield goal was a 33-yard kick with 10:06 left in the second quarter.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ WellockÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™ssecond kick was good from 34 yards out with less than a minute left beforehalf.
NMU would answer the call with three scores in the thirdquarter.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Nick Mauthe caught a 14-yard pass from Kelly Reed at 12:55 of thequarter, with the good extra point the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were now down 20-10.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Marotz thenmade his second field goal of the game at 9:16 from 35 yards out to have theÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats down by seven at 20-13.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Manuel DiazÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s seven-yard strike from Reed withthe good extra point tied the game at 20-all with 2:52 left in the thirdquarter.
The Eagles would answer to take the lead at 27-20 when JonSchroeder scored from one-yard out with 13:29 left in the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ VincentMayfield caught the first of his two TD passes on the day when he connectedwith Reed for a 26-yard throw with 11:32 left in the fourth quarter.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ CoachSams decided to gamble and he rolled the dice and went for the two-point conversion.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Diaz caught a nice pass from Reed and the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats had their first lead of thegame at 28-27.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Mayfield added an insurance TD with 6:37 left with a 28-yardpass from Reed.
Reed had a career day with 352 yards on 42-32-1 as he accountedfor all four of the NMU touchdowns.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Mauthe was his favorite target on the daywith 14 catches for 220 yards.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Dahn Borh led the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats on the ground with 78yards on 21 carries.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Hart, from Ashland, was the leading ground gainer on theday with 131 yards on 25 carries.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Chad Kurian led the defense with 11 totaltackles (four solo and seven assisted).
The 459 yards of total offense was the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats biggest game ofthe season.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU accumulated 107 yards on the ground and 352 yards in the air.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Also, NMU was two-of-two in fourth down conversions.
NMU will have Homecoming next Saturday (Oct. 16) against Ferris State at 7:00 p.m.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ It will also be the 100 year football celebration.
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