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Football team wins Axe Bowl 31-13

Senior running back Tommy Scott scores an 89-yard touchdown. Vanguard Photo Editor | Brooke Elward

SVSU football’s head coach Ryan Brady is excited for the direction of the program.

“It is a very exciting time in our program. The culture and energy continue to grow each and every day. SVSU Football has a great group of Juniors and Seniors leading the way in 2021. In addition, we have a stockpile of young talent after we have acquired back-to-back the best recruiting classes in the state.“

Homecoming and the Axe Bowl ended in a win for the Cardinals as they improved their record to 4-3 with a 1-2 record in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play.

Saginaw Valley received the kickoff to start the game and drove the ball 49 yards down the field, leading to a 36-yard field goal from junior kicker Connor Luksic.

Following punts by both SVSU and Northwood, the Cardinals defense had the Timberwolves back up to the one yard line.

Junior wide receiver James Schelke blocked the punt which was caught in the endzone for a special teams touchdown by SVSU.

Northwood was able to make a field goal early in the second quarter to cut the SVSU lead to 10-3.

On the following possession junior tight end Jack Morris rushed for 47-yards on 4th and 11 leading to a Cardinal touchdown.

After another Northwood punt, redshirt freshman quarterback Colby Newburg finished the SVSU drive with a one yard touchdown rush.

Heading to halftime SVSU was leading 24-3 over the Timberwolves with Northwood set to get the ball to start the second half.

Both teams traded punts to begin the second half before Northwood eventually scored a field goal with 5:36 left in the third quarter.

SVSU fumbled the ensuing kickoff, leading to a Northwood possession starting at the 31-yard line.

Northwood scored on a fourth down play with 13 seconds left in the third quarter, cutting the Cardinals lead to 24-13.

After SVSU punted on their first possession of the fourth quarter, senior defensive back Tim Kidd-Glass intercepted a Northwood pass.

Each team punted on their next possession, leading to the Cardinals starting a possession with 6:59 left in the game.

Senior running back Tommy Scott rushed for an 89-yard touchdown on the first play of the SVSU drive, extending the lead to 31-13.

Northwood turned the ball over on downs before SVSU was able to have the ball again.

Following an SVSU turnover, the Timberwolves turned the ball over on downs again before Saginaw Valley was able to run out the clock securing the win.

Coach Brady wants his team to continue to embrace their core values.

“Our Program Motto is to EARN IT. Earn It stands for six core values that drive our culture and program,” Brady said. Those Core Values are as follows: Effort, Attitude, Respect, Never- Give-Up, Intentional, Together.”

Brady also wants the fans to know how important they are the to the team.

“We are very grateful for each and every one of you,” Brady said. “Each of you makes the college football experience that much more special for the players. Our players, coaches, and team crave a crazy, loud and intense college game-day atmosphere. Just know that you make a huge difference, and we look forward to building a great relationship with you.”

Saginaw Valley will look to continue their success this season with a GLIAC battle against Wayne State on Oct. 23 at home.

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