MARQUETTE – The Northern Michigan University football team won their lone non–conference game of the season last week, 31-14 at Quincy. From here on out, the Wildcats have nine conference games left on the schedule, the first of which is at Hillsdale this Saturday.
Like the Wildcats, the Chargers are coming off of their first win of the season last week – a 48-41 victory over Lake Erie. Hillsdale’s offense has lit up the scoreboard, scoring a mind boggling 86 points thru two weeks of play. Saturday will be the Chargers first home game of the season. Just like last week, the Wildcats will be out to spoil another home opener.
“They’re a bonafide top five GLIAC school,” said NMU head football coach Chris Ostrowsky about the Chargers. “They’ve been successful for a long, long time. We’re going to have to be really good when we go down there and play those guys. They play mistake free, they don’t hurt themselves, and they’re a good football team. As we keep coming into our own offensively, we’re going to continue to make plays. When you have a good defense, and we do, it could be an exciting time.”
“Defensively, they’re a technique driven team,” said NMU quarterback Shaye Brown. “They don’t really change things up a lot, but what they do they’re really good at. What we have to do is execute. We have to be the better executing team, that’s also what they like to do. We have to execute and that’s how we’re going to play it.”
“When we do the right things, we play real good,” said NMU wide receiver Kelvin Smarwt. “We plan on scoring a lot of points. We’re working hard all week and we’re going to continue to work hard. We plan on having a good game this week.”
The Chargers put up a school record 611 yards of offense last week. Hillsdale was won six of the last seven meetings against the Wildcats. Kickoff from Hillsdale is set for 1 p.m.