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Football Falls To Wayne State 28-3

Football Falls To Wayne State 28-3


Northwood 3, Wayne State 28
RECORDS: Northwood (0-1, 0-1-0 GLIAC), Wayne State (1-0, 1-0-0 GLIAC)
LOCATION: Hantz Stadium - Midland, Mich.
RECAP: Warriors hold Timberwolves to 120 yards of total offense in a 28-3 win in season opener.


  • Wayne State wasted no time in drawing first blood this season, as Warrior quarterback Donovan Zezula found wide-out Jamel Hicks on a screen pass that he took 75 yards down the sideline for the first touchdown of the contest just 1:50 into the contest.
  • WSU scored three more touchdowns in the opening half, taking a 28-0 lead at the break thanks to earning a 296-67 advantage in total yards in the opening 30 minutes.
  • After trading possessions via fumbles on consecutive plays early in the third quarter, Northwood got on the board with junior David Riser (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills C.) booting a 42-yard field goal to make it 28-3 six minutes into the 3rd quarter.
  • That field goal proved to the final score of the contest, as the two teams were held off the board over the final 24:12 of the game


  • FIRST DOWNS: Wayne State 16, Northwood 10
  • RUSHES-YARDS: Wayne State 37-164, Northwood 39-67
  • PASSING YARDS: Wayne State 217, Northwood 71
  • TOTAL OFFENSE, PLAYS-YARDS: Wayne State 52-381, Northwood 54-138
  • TIME OF POSSESSION: Northwood 30:49, Wayne State 29:11


  • After Northwood won 12 of 13 meetings with Wayne State from 1997-2009, the Warriors have won the past five of six including today.
  • Northwood redshirt freshman quarterback Joe Garbarino (Warren, Mich./De La Salle) earned his first career start, but left after two plays due to injury. NU gained 16 yards on those two plays and 122 the rest of the game.


  • Michael Fisher (Rochester, Mich./Adams): 13 tackles, one sack, one TFL
  • Brett Israel (Parkland, Fla./Stoneman Douglas): 6-14 passing, 62 yards
  • Abdul Levy (Chesterland, Ohio/West Geauga): 10 carries, 35 yards
  • John Hall (Macomb, Mich.): Two receptions, 26 yards


  • The Timberwolves will travel to Saginaw Valley on Saturday (September 10) for the annual Axe Bowl. Game time is set for 7 p.m.