The Northern Michigan University football team will play their final home game of the season on Saturday against Northwood. It will also be a swan song for the Senior wildcats, as they step under the lights of the Superior Dome one last time.
The Wildcats plan to honor their ten Seniors during a pregame ceremony. NMU is coming off of a 33–21 win last week against Wayne State, snapping a five game losing streak. The win over the Warriors brought the Cats’ record up to 2-5.
In the 32 previous clashes between the Wildcats and Timberwolves, NMU has come out on top 24 times, including the last three. The Wildcats will be motivated, come Saturday afternoon, to send off their Seniors with one last home ‘W’ against Northwood.
“I’m really looking forward to playing here one more time, but it’s kind of sad. I don’t know how I’ll feel on Saturday, but I’m definitely ready for it. It’s going to be exciting,” noted Christian Jessie, a Senior receiver for the Wildcats. “I’m just going to miss all my brothers on the team. They gave me a great opportunity to play here and go to school here. It’s been a great experience. I really appreciate it.”
“There are young guys who have been through a whole lot, in terms of a change in regime and what that means top to bottom, having experienced a lot of highs and lows in the last year and a half,” remarked Head Coach Chris Ostrowsky. “We’ve had some great wins and we’ve also had some really bad losses. They’ve stayed and they’ve maintained. They’ve been leaders and they’ve been tough. They’ve made great plays. This program will be forever indebted to this group.”
Kickoff on Saturday is set for 1 p.m. The football team will hold a luncheon on Friday at the University Center beginning at 11:45. The event is open to the public and there is a ten dollar charge to attend.