ASHLAND, Ohio ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University football team could not get much going at Ashland on Saturday.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ All thescoring happened in the first half as the Eagles defeated the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats 27-10.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Forthe game NMU mustered 223 yards of total offense.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With the loss the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats arenow 2-4 overall and in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference(GLIAC).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ashland improves to 5-2 and 4-2 in the conference.
The home team jumped out to an early 13-0 lead with twotouchdowns in the first quarter.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Jon Schroeder found the end zone from fiveyards out at 9:21 of the quarter.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The kicked failed.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ About three minuteslater Dalorean White ran it in from 39 yards away. The kick was good this timeand the home team had a double-digit lead after 15 minutes of play.
Just seconds into the second quarter, NMU cut the lead to13-3 when Kyle Marotz connected on a 47-yard field goal at 14:52.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ashland made the score 20-3 when Nick Strance hooked-up with White for an 87-yard TD passat 7:38. The extra point was good.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Matt Shem cut the Eagles lead in half(20-10) when he returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown with 5:48 onthe clock.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The kick was good.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The final score of the first half saw AshlandÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™sWhite scamper in from 17 yards out with 2:56 left in the half (27-10).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Thekick was good.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The score at the half turned out to be the final score of thegame.
NMU gained 137 yards on the ground on 41 carries.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ JeffPerry led the charge with 78 yards on 23 carries.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Buddy Rivera had 48 yardsrushing on 13 carries and was 9-21-1 through the air for 86 yards.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Fred Wellsand Vincent Mayfield both ended the game with three receptions.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Wells had 40yards receiving while Mayfield added 24.
Chad Kurian led the defense with 14 total tackles as theywere all solo.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Jim Couretas added 10 total tackles (nine solo, one assisted).
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats will be back on the road next Saturday with a gameat Ferris State (Oct. 15) at 2 p.m.