The Wayne State football team’s (0-1) offense sputtered all night long as it lost its first game of the season against the Ashland University Eagles (1-0) Sept. 8, shutting out the Warriors 7-0, due to WSU’s inability to capitalize on good field position.
The Warriors’ offense was unsteady from the start of the game. Quarterback Mickey Mohner got picked off twice in the first quarter – the Eagles defensive back Brian Gamble intercepted the first one and Eric Schwieterman intercepted the latter.
Gamble’s interception, which came from a tipped ball, led to the first and only scoring drive from the Eagles.
After that, both teams battled back-and-forth to get points on the board, but their defenses prevailed. WSU’s junior linebacker Ed Viverette ended the game with 12 tackles, and the Eagles linebacker Cody Bloom racked up 16 tackles and a sack.
Near the end of the second quarter, the Warriors’ defense forced a fumble and Moe Davenport recovered it at the Eagles 37-yard line.
Mohner ended his passing drought with a 17-yard pass to wide receiver Michael Johnson, a Western Michigan University transfer student, but couldn’t keep it moving after the completion, forcing the Warriors to attempt a field goal.
But the Warriors’ kicker Stefan Terleckyj missed the 44-yard field goal attempt.
At the end of the second quarter, WSU had only 32 passing yards and 24 rushing yards, while AU had 135 total yards.
On the Eagles first drive of the third quarter, All-American linebacker Nick Thomas, who brought in eight tackles, made a key defensive stop when the Eagles went for it on 4th-and-5.
As the Warriors took over from the 36-yard line, they still couldn’t seem to get out of their offensive slump and they had to punt. But Terleckyj punted with perfection as the ball landed on AU’s 1-yard line.
The Eagles couldn’t manage to get out of their own territory, and the Warriors received the ball once again.
Mohner opened the drive with a 28-yard pass to Johnson, bringing the Warriors to the Eagles 7-yard line.
Still, the Warriors couldn’t get through the Eagles tough red-zone defense. On fourth down, Terleckyj missed a 20-yard field goal.
Toward the end of the third quarter, Mohner and tailback Toney Davis started to find a rhythm, which led them to AU’s 5-yard line. But the Eagles brought their offense back on the field after the Warriors 4th-and-3 attempt.
Neither team could find a way to add points on the board, as the game clock ticked silently to zero, ending the game.
WSU will host its home opener on Sept. 15 at noon against Lake Erie College.