Wayne State’s football team (2-5, 1-4 GLIAC) lost to the Northwood Timberwolves (4-3, 2-3 GLIAC) at home on Oct. 15. After leading 10-7 at halftime, the Warriors gave up 13 second-half points and went scoreless, losing by a final score of 20-10.
WSU football celebrated its 81st homecoming game. Northwood has been the opponent for six of those matchups (including this game).
The Warriors got off to a promising start with a DeOntay Moffett 79-yard kickoff return to the Northwood 17-yard line, but couldn’t convert and turned the ball over on downs.
“We wanted to get seven [points] there, and make a statement,” Head Coach Paul Winters said. “Looking back on it, we gave them life, and they were a fired-up football team tonight.”
With the game still scoreless, WSU junior linebacker Anthony Pittman forced a fumble that was recovered by defensive tackle Justin Hollins at the Northwood 10-yard line. The forced turnover set up a 28-yard field goal by senior Paul Graham to give the Warriors a 3-0 lead.
“Anthony [Pittman] was all over the field,” Winters said. “We put him at mike linebacker, and he made some really impressive plays tonight.”
The Warriors padded their lead with a 17-yard touchdown pass from Zezula to junior wideout Corey Ester, to push the Warrior lead to 10-0.
The Timberwolves responded quickly on the next drive with a 12-yard touchdown pass by quarterback Joe Garbarino to Gary Landless to cut the Warrior lead to 10-7 at the halftime break.
In the second half, the Timberwolves got another score from Landless. This time a 16-yard touchdown completion. They scored again on a 1-yard run by Gabarino to make the score, 20-10.
On defense, the Warriors were led by Pittman who registered eight tackles, Derrick Coleman and Dustin Carlin, who had 7 tackles apiece.
Romello Brown led the Warriors rushing attack with 74 yards on 21 carries. Zezula went 14 of 30 for 198 yards and a touchdown.
The Timberwolves were led by Travis Wiltjer, who recorded a game-high 13 tackles, along with Charles Williams and Nick Tripp had 11 tackles each.
The Warriors travel to Houghton, Michigan Oct. 21 to take on the Michigan Tech Huskies (3-4, 2-3 GLIAC), in hopes of ending the four-game skid.
“We need something to go right for us,” Winters said. “This group is a tight-knit group, and our senior leaders need to step up for us to turn this thing around,”
Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
Photos by Mike Tokarz