Saturday's state: Wayne State's rough year continues with narrow loss to Michigan Tech
Houghton, Mich. — The tough season continues for Wayne State football.
The Warriors built a 10-0 halftime lead only to watch it slip away in a 23-20 loss at Michigan Tech on Saturday.
Eric Zeboor's 34-yard field goal with 5:49 left in the game proved the difference.
The loss dropped Wayne State to 1-6 and 0-4 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The Warriors already have matched the six losses from last season. Michigan Tech is 3-4, 1-4.
Jame AmRhein was 14-for-22 for 175 yards and a touchdown, while DeOntay Moffett ran for 84 yards for Wayne State. James Hill rushed for 72 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown run. DaRece Roberson had a 17-yard touchdown catch.
For Michigan Tech, Jared Smith rushed for 198 yards and 26 carries for an average of 7.6 per carry, and Zeboor made three field goals, including a long of 43.
►(At) Saginaw Valley State 30, Northern Michigan 10: Ryan Conklin was 15-for-23 for 280 yards and three touchdowns and Chad Gailliard had 10 catches for 212 yards, and all three of those touchdowns, as Saginaw Valley State coasted.
De'Juan James rushed for 119 yards and a TD on 19 carries for Saginaw Valley State, which improved to 6-1, 3-1.
For Northern Michigan (1-6, 0-5), Jake Mayon rushed for 118 yards, and Latrell Giles had a touchdown. Quarterback Kole Stealy three three interceptions.
►(At) Northwood 30, Davenport 22: Haiden Majewski was 12-for-26 for 195 yards and a touchdown as Northwood (2-5, 2-3) pulled off the upset.
Deondre Moore had two catches for 124 yards, including an 86-yard TD reception. Gary Landless had a fumble recovery that he took for a score.
For Davenport (6-1, 3-1), Abdul Levy rushed for 97 yards on 15 carries, and Corey Burdgick rushed for 84 yards on 11 carries.
►(At) Hope 70, Finlandia 6: Hope rushed for 247 yards in blowing out Finlandia, with Kenyea Houston leading the way with 77 yards and two touchdowns. Four others had rushing touchdowns for Hope, which improved to 4-2 and 2-1 in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
Korey Derr also had an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and David Bos had a 62-yard punt return for a touchdown for Hope.
Finlandia is 0-6, 0-3.
►Kalamazoo 20, (at) Albion 19: Kalamazoo escaped with the win when Albion's point-after attempt failed with 26 seconds remaining.
Zach VanFaussien was 18-for-30 for 211 yards and a TD for Kalamazoo (6-0, 3-0), while Raekwon Castelow had three catches for 71 yards and TD. Castelow caught a 58-yard touchdown pass from VanFaussien with 1:44 left.
For Albion (4-2, 1-2), Kyle Thomas was 18-for-32 for 161 yards and a TD.
►Trine 50, (at) Olivet 49: Olivet scored with 37 seconds left but went for the two-point conversion and the win, and it failed in a loss to Trine.
Trine (6-0, 3-0) remained unbeaten behind 199 rushing yards by Lamar Carswell, who ran for three touchdowns. Brandon Winters was 7-for-13 for 156 yards passing, with three touchdowns. Jeffery Barnett had 147 receiving yards.
Olivet (4-2, 2-1) lost despite 509 yards of total offense. Lane Porter was 16-for-23 for 252 yards and three touchdowns, and rushed for four more touchdowns, while Matthew Ellis rushed for 172 yards. Jacob Jodway had 212 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
►Adrian 28, (at) Alma 23: Adrian scored 21 unanswered points over the second and third quarters to pick up its first league win.
Emmanuel Stewart rushed for 163 yards and two scores on 26 carries and provided the winning margin on a 1-yard run with 11:50 left in the fourth quarter for Adrian (3-3, 1-2). Jack Wurzer completed 17 of 25 passes for 256 yards and threw touchdown passes of 55 and 11 yards to Jerron McGaw and Clarence Madison, respectively, in the second quarter.
For Alma (1-5, 0-3), Ryan Stevens threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Chase Hinkle and a 23-yarder to Joseph Schaefer but was held to 78 yards passing in the game. Steven Sowa also scored on an 18-yard run.