Football team hosts nationally ranked GLIAC team

AnnMarie Kent

The Wildcat football team looks to come back home from a loss away, to continue a winning streak at home.re-football_JR

NMU traveled to Wayne State University on Saturday, Oct. 17  at Tom Adams Field where they suffered a 34-31 loss against Wayne State Warriors.

Coming off of a close game like this weekend, going over game film and finding errors for them to correct in practice is how they get better for the next game, junior defensive line Jared Vuksan said.

“There were some times in the game where we could have prevent the ending,” Vuksan said.

It was the inconsistencies that led to the fall of the ’Cats against the Warriors, head coach Chris Ostrowsky said.

“The critical component for us is the Wildcat Way,” Ostrowsky said. “I think it all stems out of trust for each other as players and coaches. You win together, you lose together. I think we’re completely brought into our philosophy as a program.”

The Ashland University Eagles will travel up north to face the Wildcats on at the Superior Dome on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 1 p.m.

The Eagles are seven games into an undefeated season and are ranked amongst the highest teams in the nation.

The American Football Coaches’ Association released a poll Monday morning ranking Ashland as the No. 8 division II team in the country.

As daunting as that might make playing Ashland feel, the same poll ranked Ferris State University as No.4.

The ’Cats take the strategy of one game at a time, junior wide receiver Paris Woods said.

“I think of every game the same,” said Woods. “Just do my job and try to compete to win.”

They’re eight weeks into the season and Ostrosky said they’ve had a great season so far. There has been a lot of ups and a few downs. There is still a lot of time left in the season and the team is excited to get a chance to play back at home.

After the Wildcat win over Malone University on Saturday, Oct. 10, NMU continues their home field winning streak. With every win in their 4-3 record being played on the Superior Dome field.

So the team sees it as a huge advantage to be able to play this nationally-ranked team on the field where they have had a lot of luck this season.

“A big part of it is the crowd. We always bring out a big crowd, and it’s fun to play for them. A lot of fans, a lot of support. It’s nice and loud here. It’s just a nice advantage for us.”