HOUGHTON – Behind a rushing attack that totaled 174 yards and controlled the clock for more than 39 minutes, No. 20 Michigan Tech defeated No. 23 Ashland, 28-12 at Sherman Field.
The Huskies were led on the ground by senior running back Charlie Leffingwell, who had 29 carries for 112 yards and a touchdown. Freshman running back Zach Skeels had 3 carries for 4 yards and two touchdowns. Huskies quarterback Tyler Scarlett was very efficient, completing 16 of 23 passes for 170 yards and a touchdown.
The Huskies defense held the Eagles offense to 114 net yards rushing. Paul Kuoppala, Ben Tauchen, and Brandon Hutchison each had six tackles to lead the defense.
Michigan Tech (8-1, 8-1 GLIAC) will likely secure a playoff birth with a win next week at home vs. Lake Erie.
BIG RAPIDS – The Northern Michigan University football team had a 17-7 lead against No. 4 Ferris State, but the Bulldogs scored 28 unanswered points to win the game, 35-17. Terrance Dye and Marcus Tucker each had a touchdown for the Wildcats.
With the win, the Bulldogs (10-0, 9-0 GLIAC) clinched their first GLIAC championship since 1999. NMU (2-8, 1-8 GLIAC) wraps up the regular season at home next week vs. Findlay.