Football has its first loss of the season against Wayne State

The Cardinals traveled to Detroit over the weekend to face off against the Wayne State Warriors in their second GLIAC game of the season.

Despite a late comeback, they were ultimately unable to secure the win, leading to their first loss this fall with a final score of 24-20.

The Warriors wasted no time in scoring off their opening drive. This put them on the board with 10:43 left in the first quarter. SVSU fumbled its first play, and the Warriors team took over at the two-yard line, increasing their lead three more points with a field goal.

The first quarter ended with a WSU lead of 17-0, after Leon Eggleston of the Warriors picked off a pass and returned it nine yards for a touchdown.

SVSU defensive back Nick Whiteside picked off a WSU pass to set up kicker Connor Luksic for the first score by SVSU. Luksic’s 38 yard field goal came with 5:13 in the second quarter, and he followed it up with another 34 seconds before halftime to make the score 17-6.

The Cardinals began to turn things around by the first play of the third quarter. Running back Nate McCrary took a rush around the left edge and down the sideline 83 yards for a touchdown, followed by the extra point from Luksic. McCrary was later named Meijer Player of the Game, for rushing 15 times, setting a career-best of 156 yards and a touchdown.

Moments later, the Warriors matched the score with one of their own, increasing their lead to 24-13.

At the start of the final quarter, quarterback Ryan Conklin ran in one more touchdown from two yards out to cap off an 11-play, 76 yard drive for the Cardinals’ last score.

Wayne State blocked an SVSU field goal attempt and with 4:32 remaining, they retook the ball to stall until the game finished.

SVSU will be back in action for the homecoming game against Northwood at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5.

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