Saginaw Valley State faced off against the Northwood Timberwolves in their annual Axe Bowl matchup Sept. 17.
Both schools headed into the contest with a 2-0 record, however, SVSU’s first road game of the season resulted in a convincing 35-14 win.
The Cardinals’ offense was yet again clicking on all cylinders. With 536 yards of total offense and five different players each finding paydirt, SVSU continues to be a tough assignment for opposing defenses.
QB Andrew Brito took control of the reigns in what was his best game of the young season.
Brito threw for 248 yards and two touchdowns while completing 17 of his 23 passing attempts.
The QB also added 110 yards on the ground as well as an impressive 61-yard touchdown run early on in the fourth quarter.
Brito remained locked in for the entirety of the game and was named the Meijer Player of the Game for the Cardinals.
Running backs Tyler Amos and Isaiah Malcome split the rushing workload during Saturday’s game.
Both backs came away with a rushing touchdown as well as 70 yards on the ground. WR Derrick Hinton Jr. exploded for 116 yards on four receptions and a 53-yard touchdown grab. Fellow wide receiver, Casey Williams, added a touchdown of his own to go with his 33 yards.
The Cardinals’ balanced offensive attack kept Northwood guessing from start to finish.
On the defensive side of the ball, SVSU dominated upfront and never took its foot off the gas. Senior DL Jacob Dorn led the Cardinals with 2.5 sacks and LB Trevor Nowaske recorded 9 total tackles. DL Victor Nelson also added 1.5 sacks and five tackles of his own.
All-conference DB Nick Whiteside continues to take command of the secondary and came away with his first interception of the season during the Timberwolves’ opening drive.
SVSU took command of the game early on and never let go. The Cardinals look to extend their winning streak next Saturday (September 24) as they head to Michigan Tech for a 1:00 pm kickoff.
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