ERIE, Pa. – The Northern Michigan University football team took its final and longest road trip of the season to Erie, Pa. to take on the Mercyhurst College Lakers. On a windy and rainy day the Lakers defeated the Wildcats by a score of 32-7. The game was delayed about 30 minutes at the start of the second half due to lightning.
The loss drops the ‘Cats to 2-6 overall and in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). MC is now 3-6 overall and in the conference.
The Lakers jumped out to a 20-0 lead after the first 30 minutes of play. Brandon Hill caught a 27-yard pass from Mitch Phillis with 3:19 showing on the clock in the first quarter. The kick failed and the home team had a 6-0 lead. The second quarter saw the Lakers score twice. Hill caught another TD pass from Phillis just seconds into the quarter at 14:46. The kick was good and the Lakers had a 13-0 lead. A little more than four minutes left before halftime (4:09) the home team scored on a three-yard run by Dave Stallard. The kick was good.
Mark Bossuah scored the lone touchdown on the day for the ‘Cats on a three-yard run at 12:52 of the third quarter. Jon Laue’s kick was good which made the score 20-7. MC added a score later in the quarter at 8:12 when Richard Stokes had a 32-yard run at 8:12. The two-point conversion failed and the Lakers held a 26-7 lead. Stokes would score the final touchdown on the day from seven yards out with 4:14 left in the game. The kick failed (32-7). Stokes would end the day as the leading ground gainer with 121 yards on 24 carries.
NMU ended the game with 279 yards of total offense. The Lakers had 300 yards for the day of total offense. MC had 17 first downs to 12 for the ‘Cats. NMU had 88 yards on the ground on 29 carries.
Rivera led the ‘Cats on the ground with 32 yards on 11 carries. He added 191 yards through the air on 12-35-0. Fred Wells hauled in a game-high five receptions for 106 yards.
Pete Tuccini and Nicholas Bloch led the ‘Cats defensive efforts. Both ended the game with 11 total tackles.
The ‘Cats will play its final two games at home. Up first is Gannon next week (Nov. 4). The day is Student Day as all students in K-12 and NMU students get into the game for free.
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