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(Preview) Huskies Set to Face Davenport in GLIAC Opener at Sherman Field

(Preview) Huskies Set to Face Davenport in GLIAC Opener at Sherman Field

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Sat., Sept. 15, 2018 • 1:00 p.m. (ET) • Sherman Field
Michigan Tech (2-0, 0-0 GLIAC) vs Davenport (2-0, 0-0 GLIAC)
Radio Broadcast: WKMJ 93.5 FM (Josh Ylitalo)
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Michigan Tech outlasted Hillsdale College in overtime to secure a 31-30 victory in week two of the season this past Saturday at Sherman Field. The Huskies got a safety early in the first quarter and added a touchdown in the opening moments of the second quarter to build a 9-0 lead. The Chargers rallied to take the lead in the fourth quarter before the Huskies mounted a game tying drive in the final minutes of the fourth quarter to force overtime. Both teams recorded touchdowns in the extra frame, but a missed Hillsdale extra point proved to be the difference as Tech moved to 2-0 to begin the 2018 season.

Michigan Tech is 3-1 in the last four overtime games, including Saturday's 31-30 victory over Hillsdale. Prior to Saturday, the Huskies last played an overtime game on November 5, 2016, which was a 51-45 win at Northern Michigan. Each team had two possessions in overtime that day, with tailback John Williams finding the endzone for Tech on a nine-yard run for the game winner. In the last home overtime game at Sherman Field, the Huskies edged Tiffin University 39-38 on October 31, 2015. The Dragons took the ball first and generated a touchdown on an Antonio Pipkin pass to Charles Holland and decided to go for the extra point. Tech countered with a touchdown thanks to an Alex Sherbinow one-yard run. The Huskies went for the win with a two-point conversion and Kevin Miller plunged over the goal line to give the Huskies the 39-38 victory. The lone overtime loss in that stretch came at the hands of Saginaw Valley State 44-41 on October 8, 2011.

Junior linebacker Marvin Wright was all over the field again defensivley for the Huskies in the win over Hillsdale. Wright racked up 13 total tackles, one sack, 2.5 tackles for a loss, a pass breakup, and had a blocked punt on a quick kick by quarterback Chance Stewart. Wright comes into week two averaging 9.5 tackles per game while guiding the team with five tackles for a loss. His 2.5 tackles for a loss average leads the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. In just two plus years, Wright has generated 217 career tackles as he gets closer to the top 10 for career stops in Tech history.

Senior running back James Henderson eclipsed the century mark in rushing yards for the second week in a row Saturday against Hillsdale. Henderson carried the ball 31 times for 105 yards in week one at Truman State followed by a new career high of 120 yards on 28 carries versus the Chargers. Henderson also logged his first touchdown of the season which turned out to be the game tying score with just over two minutes to play in the fourth quarter. In the two games, Henderson is averaging 112.5 yards per contest and 3.8 yards per carry. As a team, the Huskies are averaging 146.0 yards per game while holding opposing ground attacks to 103.0 yards.

After trailing for much of the second half, the Huskies found the spark again and engineered a 14 play 70-yard drive to tie the game with 2:26 to go in the fourth. Sophomore quarterback Will Ark completed four passes, including one to senior wide receiver Jacob Wenzlick for 15-yards to get Tech into the red-zone. Wenzlick then took the ball from the 12 to the six yard-line on a run, setting the stage for Henderson who rumbled into the end zone on the next play for the touchdown. Needing a two-point conversion to tie the game, the Huskies called timeout to setup the play. Ark sprinted up the middle on a delayed draw to knot the score at 24 points apiece. The drive took 6:33 off the clock and recaputured the momentum for the Huskies which they used to help pull out the win in overtime.

The Michigan Tech Department of Athletics celebrated the completion of Phase One of the Sherman Field Renovation project with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the 2018 football home opener against Hillsdale this past Saturday. Fundraising has already begun for Phase Two and good progress has been made in hopes of beginning the second part of project in April 2019. Michigan Tech would like to thank Fred Guenther ('75), Todd Hamar ('83), Alex Kowalski ('01), and Clay Willman ('60) for their hard work and corner stone gifts to support the vision of the football stadium project. Guenther, Hamar, Kowalski, and Willman are all Michigan Tech graduates who believe in the program and the university as a whole. Also, a special thanks to Dr. Glenn Mroz and Tom Kearly for their leadership and vision for this renovation project. Phase One was completed in August and includes new bleacher seating and accessible parking along with concrete for the VIP Pavilion. Phase two includes an expanded press box, coaching boxes, additional bleachers, restrooms and concessions. Michigan Tech continues to welcome support for Phase Two of the project. Gifts can be made online at Contact Darcy Way via email at or by phone at 715-577-0642 for more information about the project.

Davenport is 2-0 to start the year, picking up wins over Robert Morris (NAIA) 44-7 in week one followed by a 7-3 triumph over Wisconsin-Oshkosh (#4 NCAA Division III) last weekend at home. This Saturday's contest will be the first against an NCAA Division II opponent and is the GLIAC opener for both teams. Last week in the win over UW-Oshkosh, the Panthers produced a second quarter touchdown and made it hold up, allowing only a fourth quarter field goal. Haiden Majewski carried the ball across the goal line from seven yards out for the score. Through two games this season, Davenport is averaging 389.5 yards while holding opposing offenses to 111.0 yards per game. The Panthers are a very athletic team that will spread the field on offense and play a base 4-3 defense that will look to bring pressure. The Panthers have had three players attempt passes this year, led by Deondre Ford who has completed 15 passes for 281 yards and four touchdowns. His top target has been Nate Couturier, reeling in seven receptions for 126 yards and two TD's. Michael Catching has 98 yards rushing through two games. Chad Hill powers the defense with 11 tackles and two interceptions for Davenport.

Michigan Tech and Davenport will meet for the second time this Saturday at Sherman Field. The Panthers are currently in their second year of GLIAC and NCAA Division II membership. Last year's opening game in the series was also played at Sherman Field, with the Huskies prevailing 17-10. The Huskies' defense was dominant with five sacks, 11 tackles for a loss, a fumble recovery and two interceptions, The special teams returned a kickoff for a touchdown and the offense made some big plays, including an 18-yard touchdown pass from Garrett Young to Kevin Kirkland in the second quarter.

Michigan Tech ranks second in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in fourth down conversion percentage, Red Zone offense, and total tackles for a loss per game. The Huskies are converting first downs 83.3% of the time they have gone for it on fourth down (No. 20 in NCAA II). Tech has come away with points on 78% of trips to the Red Zone, and are avergaing 8.0 tackles for a loss per game (No. 34 in NCAA II). Through two games, senior wide receiver Jacob Wenzlick leads the GLIAC and is second in all of NCAA Division II in all-purpose yards per game at 224.50. He is also tops in the conference in total receiving yards (289, 5th nationally), receving yards per game (144.5, 7th nationally), and receptions per game (8.0, 13th nationally). Junior linebacker Marvin Wright leads the GLIAC in tackles for a loss per game (2.5, 13th nationally) while senior defensive back Graham Hubbell has a GLIAC best 10.0 tackles per game average.

The 1988 Football Alumni Reunion is scheduled for Hall of Fame Weekend Oct. 12-13 and features a number of great events. The Huskies will take on Wayne State at 1 p.m. on Saturday the 13th at Sherman Field. Attendees will have an opportunity to watch practice and have dinner with the team on Friday. Hockey hosts defending National Champion Minnesota Duluth Friday night and then on Saturday the football VIP Tailgate will be open before the game and afterwards a 5th quarter post game gathering will be held at the Continental Fire Company Restaurant. For more information on the reunion, contact Darcy Way via email at or by phone at 715-577-0642.

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The Huskies named their four captains for the upcoming 2018 season at the end of August. This year's captains, selected by a team vote, are offensive lineman Jeremy Bell, defensive lineman Cody Goldsworthy, defensive back Graham Hubbell, and wide receiver Jacob Wenzlick.

Michigan Tech Head Coach Steve Olson will embark on his second season at the reigns of the program when the Huskies kick off their season Thursday night at Truman State. Olson guided Tech to a 4-7 overall record in 2017, which included the key win in the annual Miner's Cup game against Northern Michigan. This will be Olson's eighth overall season as a coach at Tech. He served as the defensive coordinator for three seasons prior to being named the head coach for the 2017 season.

Michigan Tech had a couple of new additions to the coaching staff for the 2018 campaign. Laurence Treadaway and Mitchell Ryan both join the staff as graduate assistants. Treadaway will be working primarily with the secondary and defensive backs. Treadaway graduated from Valparaiso University where he played defensive back from 2007-12. He was a Team Captain and named the team MVP during his senior season in 2012. Ryan will be working primarily with the wide receiver's under Offensive Coordinator Dan Mettlach. Ryan played defensive back at Tech for five seasons (2013-17) and helped lead the Huskies to the 2014 NCAA Division II Playoffs. Ryan was a Team Captain in 2017 and was the recipient of the 2017 Ted Kearly Award, which goes to a player who exhibits passion, pride, and integrity on and off the field. The remainder of the staff is back and in their same roles as 2017.

This week's showdown with Davenport features some great promotions for those in attendance. Tech has teamed up with Kirkish Furniture to give away a 40 inch Samsung Smart TV to a Tech student. Free raffle tickets for the giveaway will be located at the main entrance to Sherman Field. The halftime promotion is sponsored by the Rozsa Center.

Michigan Tech will be back on the road next week when the team travels to 5th ranked Grand Valley State University for the second GLIAC game of the 2018 season. The Lakers are in the UP this week to face Northern Michigan at the Superior Dome in Marquette. Grand Valley State enters this week 2-0 after defeating Indianapolis 30-7 in week one followed by a 21-10 road win at Delta State (Miss.) this past weekend.