Press Box


ALLENDALE, Mich. â€Â“ The Northern Michigan University football team might have wanted to turn the clock back a littlesooner at Grand Valley State University on Saturday.  Or they might have wantedto celebrate Halloween with a little trick of treat.  The â€Â˜Cats facing itssecond ranked opponent in a row only managed three points against the top teamin NCAA II football.  GVSU won the game by a 48-3 score.  NMU is now 2-7overall and in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). The loss also extended the â€Â˜Cats losing streak to five games.  GVSU staysperfect with a 9-0 slate overall and in the conference.


The Lakers scored 21 points inthe first quarter of play.  With the home team leading by a 28-0 count, KyleMarotz booted a 33-yard field goal at 2:15 of the second period to get theâ€Â˜Cats on the board.  GVSU added a TD with 11 seconds left before the half andtook a 35-3 lead into the locker room.


The second half saw the Lakersadd seven points to its column in the third quarter and six more in thefourth. 


Buddy Rivera was lost for theseason when he injured his leg early in the game.  Kelly Reed came in forRivera and was 23-8-1 for 61 yards.  Brad Anderson was the leading rusher forthe â€Â˜Cats with his 39 yards on 16 carries.  Abram McCoy ended the game with 37yards on three carries.  Vincent Mayfield, playing in front of his hometowngroup, led the â€Â˜Cats with six receptions for 48 yards.  Alex Grignon led theâ€Â˜Cats on the defensive front with 10 total tackles (seven solo, threeassisted).


NMU did not win the battle of theclock as the â€Â˜Cats only had the ball for 22:45 of the game.  For the game theâ€Â˜Cats had 151 yards of total offense on 49 plays (59 rushing, 92 passing).  GVSUran 72 plays for the game and racked up 417 yards of total offense (169rushing, 248 passing). 


The â€Â˜Cats will play its seasonfinale at the Superior Dome against Northwood on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. The Timberwolves will be the third ranked team in a row for the â€Â˜Cats. 



Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director