Football Falls to #5 GVSU

Football Falls to #5 GVSU

MARQUETTE, Mich. – Northern Michigan University Football hosted the #5 ranked team in the country, Grand Valley State University, and were unable to come away with the upset, falling 47-14 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action.


Sophomore quarterback Latrell Giles (Chicago, Ill./Leo Catholic) led the Wildcat offense with 65 yards rushing. Giles and senior Jake Mayon (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield East) both scored touchdowns for NMU. Through the air, Giles posted 103 yards throwing.

Sophomore Dallas Dixon (Phoenix, Ariz./Tolleson) paced the receivers with four catches and 59 yards. 


Sophomore Brady Hanson (Kewaskum, Wis.) led the defense with 14 tackles, finishing with eight solo tackles and six assists.  Senior linebacker Terrell Johnson (Maywood, Ill./Montini Catholic) added eight tackles while sophomore Austin Potter (Warren, Mich./De La Salle) chipped in with six.   

Potter led the Wildcats with 1.5 tackles for loss. Junior safety Troy Mayon (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield East), freshman linebacker Isaac Darkengelo (Brighton, Mich./Detroit Catholic Central), and freshman linebacker Jack Reiger (Hoffman Estates, Ill./James B Conant) all posted one tackle for loss. Johnson aided Potter with a tackle assist.


The Wildcats scored their first touchdown in the second quarter, taking the ball 89 yards on 11 plays.  Giles started the drive by hitting Dixon for 21 yards.  Mayon scampered for 16 yards on the next play and then Giles found sophomore tight end Dan Van Effen (Escanaba, Mich.) for another 16 yards gain to give NMU three first downs on three plays. 

On 2nd and 10, Giles rushed for 12 yards, but was then sacked for eight yards. The next play saw GVSU get called for defensive holding to give NMU a first down at the GVSU 22-yard line.  Giles and Caldwell brought the Wildcats to 4th and 1 on the GVSU 13-yard line. 

After a timeout, Giles used a QB sneak, and the offensive line pushed the Laker defensive front back to give NMU a first down on the two-yard line.  On the next play, Mayon ran into the end zone for his third TD of the season. 


On the team's first drive of the second half, Giles rushed three yards for a touchdown. He started the drive by hitting Dixon for 27 yards. On 3rd and 10, he rushed for 15 yards to put NMU in GVSU territory. After a timeout, Giles found Dixon again, this time for seven yards. 

Mayon followed with a 15-yard gain on the ground and put the Wildcats on the Lakers' three-yard line. After a play that saw the Grand Valley St. defense stop Mayon for no gain, Giles ran it into the end zone for his second rushing TD of the year.


NMU falls to 1-2 on the season and are now 0-1 in the GLIAC while the Lakers move to 3-0, 1-0 in the league.  The Wildcats return to action next Saturday as the host the current #6 ranked team, Ferris State University, on Homecoming.