Defense carries Cardinals to 41-25 win

Freshman slot receiver Derek Bryant catches some air while receiving the ball. Vanguard Photo Editor | Brooke Elward

SVSU’s football team faced off with Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) foe Wayne State for the second time this season.

In the first matchup between the two teams, Saginaw Valley was victorious, 41-21, in the non-conference battle on the road.

On Oct. 23, the Cardinals were able to repeat success against the Warriors with their second win against them this season. Saginaw Valley got off to a slow start in the first quarter, falling behind 10-0 after a Warrior touchdown on the opening drive followed by a field goal on their second drive.

After SVSU punted on its first two drives, redshirt freshman quarterback Colby Newburg found senior wide receiver Chad Galliard for a 16-yard touchdown pass.

Saginaw Valley’s defense forced a punt by the Warriors, which led to a 34-yard field goal by junior kicker Connor Luksic.

Another defensive stop by the Cardinals gave them the ball at their 43-yard line.

Following an 11-play drive capped off by a touchdown run for redshirt freshman quarterback Mike O’Horo, SVSU was leading 17-10.

Sophomore Michael Woolridge intercepted a pass thrown by Wayne State and SVSU held the ball to finish out the half with the lead.

Saginaw Valley received the kickoff to start the second half with the ball.

An 8-yard rush by senior running back Tommy Scott extended the Cardinals lead to 24-10 early in the third quarter.

Four straight punts were ended by a turnover on downs by the Warriors, giving the Cardinals the ball early in the fourth quarter, leading by 14.

Following another turnover on downs by the Warriors, Saginaw Valley took over at midfield.

On the eighth play of the drive, redshirt freshman running back Tyler Amos scored on an 11-yard rush.

Junior defensive back Cameron Mitchell intercepted the first pass on the next drive by Wayne State, starting the Cardinal drive at the 30-yard line.

Two incomplete passes and a 1-yard rush led to a 48-yard field goal attempt from Luksic, which extended SVSU’s lead to 34-10.

Wayne State scored a touchdown on its next drive and was successful on their two-point conversion to cut their deficit to 16 points.

O’Horo capped off the SVSU scoring with a 24-yard rush with 1:53 left in the

game, which stretched the Saginaw Valley lead to 41-18.

Wayne State scored with 54 seconds remaining but was unable to recover the onside kick.

SVSU took a knee twice to run out the clock and ice their 41-25 win over the Warriors.

Newburg led the Cardinals in pass yards with 123 and rush yards with 66.

Senior tight end Isaiah Johnson-Mack led the team with 92 receiving yards.

Woolridge was the Meijer player of the game after recording eight tackles with two sacks and an interception.

Following the win, the Cardinals record improved to 5-3 on the season with a 2-2 conference record.

SVSU currently sits in fourth place in the GLIAC standings behind Ferris State, Grand Valley and Michigan Tech.

Saginaw Valley will continue its season with a game against GLIAC opponent Davenport on the road on Oct. 30.

Head coach Ryan Brady is hopeful for the future with the development he sees in his players.

“This coaching staff is committed to the total development on the person over the player,” Brady said. “We operate under the Three Do’s. Do your best, do what is right, and do for others. We are teaching our young men how to win across the board.“


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