Football: NMU, Davenport rematch in the Dome


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RECEPTION – NMU receiving core practices their route running. 8 different Wildcats caught passes from QB Z. Keen against Wayne State in the 37-30 win.

Chris Anderson

The Wildcat offense showed up last weekend against Wayne State as they were able to put up 443 yards along with zero turnovers in the 37-30 win. NMU quarterback Zack Keen was 23 of 29 with 297 yards and two touchdowns and running back Tyshon King ran for 96 yards and a touchdown.

“Zack took two big hits on some critical completions … he threw him a hit right after he threw it, and they got him good both times,” coach Kyle Nystrom said. “He stayed in there, and the gauntlet stayed in the saddle and didn’t let it faze him.”

NMU’s defense was able to hold the Warriors offense to only nine points in the second half. Wildcat center back Tavion McCarthy was able to snag an interception for the second week in a row as well as two more pass break ups. He once again gave the defense a spark for the team to get another win in the books and hopefully build on the momentum they have against a strong Davenport team this Saturday Oct. 8.

“[Davenport is] really good. They got a bunch of graduate transfers. They’re settled at quarterback, he’s a transfer out of Northwestern scholarship player guys. He’s really good. He’s doing a lot of damage,” Nystrom said.

NMU will be preparing this week for the Panthers as the two of them will play for the second time this year in a much-anticipated rematch. The Wildcats traveled to Grand Rapids, MI.

Davenport was able to get the win over NMU 31-21. The Wildcats have been playing well and will be looking to continue that against a strong Davenport program in the GLIAC conference matchup.

“We’re going to have to be better. Yes, I like the way our secondaries are playing. [I] obviously like the way the offense is playing,” Nystrom said. “We just got to nail some things down the box to help us out. It’ll be a blast.”