Football completes comeback against Wayne State

Saginaw Valley State University football traveled to Wayne State University this past weekend for a another crucial conference matchup.

The Cardinals, coming off an impressive win against the University of Indianapolis, look to cement themselves within its conference playoff picture.

The Cardinals offense was at a standstill for most of the game, only finding the endzone once during the first half. QB Andrew Brito threw for 87 yards while completing 11 of his 16 passing attempts. Early on in the second quarter, Brito connected with RB Dante Barthwell on a 13 yard pass for his only touchdown of the game.

Fellow QB Jarius Grissom also added 11 yards through the air while completing two of his three passing attempts.

WR Derrick Hinton Jr. led the Cardinals in receiving with 26 yards on two targets. His counterpart, Earnest Saunders IV, led the team in targets with three and tallied 19 yards. TE Arron Foulkes secured his lone target for an additional 20 yard gain.

While the passing attack struggled to find its rhythm, the Cardinals backfield provided a much-needed spark. QB Jarius Grissom consistently found himself outside of the pocket, scrambling for 81 yards on his team leading 14 rushing attempts.

The quarterback also found his way into the endzone halfway through the fourth quarter, tying the game at 14 a piece. RB Isaiah Malcome contributed an additional 77 yards on the ground while carrying the ball 13 times. RB Derrick Hinton Jr. had four carries of his own and managed 22 total yards.

Hinton scored the game winning touchdown with under a minute remaining in the fourth quarter; giving the Cardinals a 21-14 lead. The 9 yard touchdown run capped off an 11 play drive and solidifed a Cardinals win.

The Cardinals defense continued to give opposing teams struggles, holding Wayne State to 14 total points.

Linebackers Alfred Dailey Jr. and Trevor Nowaske combined for 19 tackles while Naowaske also added two pass breakups. DT Nathan Talakai had five tackles and came away with his second sack of the season.

Fellow DT Victor Nelson found his way into the backfield and secured the Cardinals second sack of the game. Defensive backs Nick Whiteside and Richard Bowens III each came away with an interception while combining for six total tackles.

Saginaw Valley State continues to prove itself both offensively and defensively, advancing their record to 6-2. The Cardinals look to extend their winning streak next weekend as they host Davenport University for their annual Family Weekend matchup on Oct. 29. The Cardinals are set to kickoff at 1 p.m.

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