The Northern Michigan Football team notched their fifth consecutive loss of the season against the No. 13 ranked Grand Valley State University Lakers at their home turf in Allendale, Michigan last Saturday.
Despite leading in number of plays and time of possession, the Wildcats only points came from a 32-yard field goal from freshman kicker Dalton Ray in the second quarter. The game ultimately ended 28-3 in the Laker’s favor.
Although head coach Kyle Nystrom has shrugged off moral victories in the face of a loss in the past, he commended his cornerbacks for defending well against GVSU passes from outside the 30-yard line, which he added is a major weapon in the Lakers’ arsenal.
“It was a fun game. The kids battled, they had a lot of energy, we just didn’t have enough horsepower to get it done at the end.”
After the first quarter, it looked as though the Wildcats might have a chance to cut their losing streak and upset the formidable Grand Valley as they went into the second quarter, only trailing by four points, the score at 7-3.
As the saying goes, some things are too good to be true and the Lakers went on to score a touchdown in the third quarter, topping off the game’s scoring with two touchdowns in the final frame.
While Nystrom admitted the competition was well fought, he explained that he felt that Grand Valley was the favored team in many questionable calls which he said played into the Wildcats’ loss.
“When it comes to critical decisions in games, in scheduling and travel in this league, there are a few [programs] out there that everything is a layup,”
Nystrom said. “I don’t like that. I want everyone in this league to earn their spurs.”
Nystrom also added that he wanted to see more consistency and transparency from the GLIAC conference in the future.
NMU will look to rebound next Saturday as they visit Wayne State University for another GLIAC tilt and their second to last conference game.